Alexandra Deshorties (born 1975) is a French-Canadian soprano who sings principally opera. She was born in Canada 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." 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) at 21, she entered the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist program the following season and made her debut with the company as the High Priestess in Aida on 30 October 1999. 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) and with other companies throughout the world.
Principal roles and opera companies
For the Dallas Opera, she has sung the roles of Desdemona in Otello in October 2009 as well as that of Juliana Bordereau in Argento's The Aspern Papers in April 2013. As Fiordiligi and as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, she appeared at the Seattle Opera.
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
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).
- Artist's Biography Archived 20 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine on robert-gilder.com
- Met Opera Archives on archives.metoperafamily.org. Retrieved 11 November 2013
- Deshorties' profile on Welsh National Opera website on wno.org.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2013
- 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
- Anne Midgette, "Dallas Opera rescues a work from undeserved obscurity" The Washington Post, 19 April 2013
- "Donizetti's Roberto Devereux". bbc.co.uk. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Rian Evans (3 October 2013). "Roberto Devereux – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Wayne Lee Gay, "Black, Red and White" (review of Otello for Dallas Opera), 24 October 2009 on theaterjones.com. Retrieved 10 November 2013
- "Alexandra Deshorties" - profile at Welsh National Opera. Retrieved 4 November 2013