Polish-American soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, praised for her “crystalline tone,” is currently a fourth year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she studies with Bill Schuman. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Cynthia Haymon.
In the 2016/17 AVA season, Alexandra debuted Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and covered Gilda (Rigoletto). In the 2015/16 season she was seen as Sophie (Werther), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and covered Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). Other roles include Musetta (La bohème) at AVA, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, and covering Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Wolf Trap Opera.
Alexandra is a lover of the concert stage as well as the operatic. She sings Carmina Burana at the Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and later sings Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Bach Society Houston at Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston. She has also performed Bach’s BWV 199 and his Magnificat, and performs yearly in Russian art song concerts as well as the Jubilate Sacred Music Concert at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Alexandra has received 1st Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, 1st Prize in the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition, 4th Prize in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, and is a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Philadelphia. She is a 2nd place winner in FAVA’s Grand Concours de Chant, and 1st place winner in the American Council for Polish Culture’s Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the Kosciuszko Foundation.