Roberta Alexander is US-American but lives in The Netherlands. She enjoys international fame; her interpretations of the title role of Janacek’s Jenufa for instance are unforgettable (Glyndebourne production, recorded for Virgin) as well as those of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème and especially Mozart soprano roles such as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito).
Roberta Alexander has sung on most opera stages, including the Metropolitan
Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Opera Houses of Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Zürich, Amsterdam and Venice. She repeated her performance of Jenufa in concert performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in Philadelphia as well as in Carnegie Hall in New York.
Next to her opera activities, Roberta Alexander is a much-loved concert singer. She has sung among others Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the NDR-Sinfonie-Orchester conducted by André Previn (including a TV broadcast throughout Europe), concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the London and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, the Cleveland Orchestra, the orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk and the symphony orchestras of Cincinatti, Atlanta and Dallas.
The soprano is also a most communicative recital singer. She has sung on invitation as part of the series at Carnegie Hall New York, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Wiener Musikverein, Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the prestigious reicital series of the Vocal Art s Society in Washington, D.C.
Roberta Alexander has worked with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, James Levine, Andrew Litton, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart and David Zinman. With Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra she sang Mendelssohn’s A Midsummernight’s Dream, as well as Tsjaikovsky’s Roméo et Juliette and the world premiere of Kirchner’s Of things exactly as they are. She also performed Copland’s In the beginning with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Her extensive discography at the labels Etcetera, Philips, Sony, Teldec and BMG reflects her affection for various genres and style periods: songs by Barber, Mozart, Bernstein, Ives, Copland, Strauss, Diepenbrock, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Puccini and Villa-Lobos; Händel’s Giulio Cesare, Apollo e Dafne, Samson and Theodora; Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo; rarely performed and recorded works such as Goldschmidt’s Der gewaltige Hahnrei and Beatrice Cenci, Robert Heppener’s songs on texts by Ezra Pound and orchestral songs by Andriessen, the recording of which was awarded an Edison. Roberta Alexander is a remarkable interpreter of American music, something which is also apparent in her CD-releases Songs my Mother Taught Me and With You (an anthology of Broadway songs).
Roberta Alexander has developed in the more dramatic repertoire, her successful role debuts as Tosca and Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Case) being examples of this development. She sang Sister Rose (Dead Man Walking) during the Wiener Festwochen at Theater an der Wien, Angel in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as 5th Maid in Strauss’ Elektra in Aix-en-Provence, at Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro del Liceu and the Berlin State Opera.
Upcoming engagements include a revival of Patrice Chereau’s Elektra at the Berlin State Opera and at Teatro alla Scala and La forza del destino at the Royal Opera House.