Polish-American soprano Alexandra Nowakowski is currently a third year resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she studies with Bill Schuman. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Cynthia Haymon.
In the current AVA season, Ms. Nowakowski debuted Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and covered Gilda (Rigoletto). She is scheduled to sing Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Ms. Nowakowski will also be the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in June. In the 2015/16 season she was seen as Sophie (Werther) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). In the summer of 2016, Ms. Nowakowski was a finalist in the Zinka Milanov International Competition in Rijeka, Croatia. She also trained with renowned Polish soprano Teresa Żylis-Gara in Radziejowice, Poland. In the summer of 2015, she 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. Other performance highlights include concert appearances with the AVA as well as Musetta in La bohème.
Ms. Nowakowski is a recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Giulio Gari Foundation in New York, is a District Winner of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2nd place winner in FAVA’s Grand Concours de Chant, and 1st place winner in the ACPC Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the Kosciuszko Foundation.