Alexandra Deshorties

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Alexandra Deshorties (born 1975) is a French-Canadian soprano who sings principally opera. She was born in Montreal and raised in Marseille, France, where she attended the Conservatory and "where she earned a gold medal/first prize for her performance in vocal juries."[1] She continued her education at the Manhattan School of Music.

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions (and a participant in the National Council Winners Concert on 2 March 1997)[2] at 21, she entered the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist program the following season[3] and made her debut with the company as the High Priestess in Aida on 30 October 1999.[2] She has since appeared in a large number of roles both with the Met (where she sang Elettra (Idomeneo), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte)[3] and with other companies throughout the world.

Principal roles and opera companies[edit]

For the Dallas Opera, she has sung the roles of Desdemona in Otello in October 2009[4] as well as that of Juliana Bordereau in Argento's The Aspern Papers in April 2013.[5] As Fiordiligi and as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, she appeared at the Seattle Opera.[3]

Other roles include the First Lady (Die Zauberflöte); Anna (Nabucco); Musetta (La bohème); Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos); Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream); Elizabeth I of England (Roberto Devereux) for Welsh National Opera in October/November 2013[6][7]

Deshorties has appeared at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France; the Salzburg Festival; the San Francisco Opera; the Houston Grand Opera; the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; the A Coruña Festival, Spain; the Gstaad Festival; the Theater an der Wien (Elisabetta in Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra).[8]



  1. ^ Artist's Biography Archived 20 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine on
  2. ^ a b Met Opera Archives on Retrieved 11 November 2013
  3. ^ a b c Deshorties' profile on Welsh National Opera website on Retrieved 11 November 2013
  4. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "Verdi’s Moor, Edgy in Cyprus or Dallas" (Review of the Dallas production with Deshorties), The New York Times, 25 October 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2013
  5. ^ Anne Midgette, "Dallas Opera rescues a work from undeserved obscurity" The Washington Post, 19 April 2013
  6. ^ "Donizetti's Roberto Devereux". 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Rian Evans (3 October 2013). "Roberto Devereux – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Elisabetta". Theater an der Wien. Retrieved 28 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)