Polish-American soprano Alexandra Nowakowski is currently a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she studies with Benita Valente. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Cynthia Haymon.
In the upcoming season at AVA Ms. Nowakowski will be debuting three roles: Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Sophie (Werther), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). In the summer of 2015, Ms. Nowakowski joined the Wolf Trap Opera Company as a Studio Artist, covering the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and singing La Comtesse Adèle in a scene from Le Comte Ory as part of the Studio Spotlight. In the 2014/2015 season, she made role debuts as Musetta in La bohème at The Academy of Vocal Arts and as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Philadelphia Sinfonia. Other performance highlights include concert appearances at the AVA in the New Artist’s Recital, Russian Romances and Jubilate! Sacred Music Concert. Roles in the 2013/2014 season included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Diane in Offenbach’s Orphéee aux enfers with the Lyric Theatre at Illinois, and the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.
Ms. Nowakowski is a 2nd place winner in FAVA’s Grand Concours de Chant, 1st place winner of the Krannert Debut Artist Competition through the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 1st place winner in the ACPC Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition, and 2nd place winner in the Hal Leonard Competition. She was the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Iowa District. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the Kosciuszko Foundation, and was awarded the Thomas J. Smith full-tuition scholarship at her alma mater.