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Described by the San Francisco Chronicle “superb” and delivering a “tender, radiantly pure-toned” sound, soprano Alexandra Sessler has garnered a reputation as a powerful leading lady, a dedicated actress, and an ambassador of classical vocal music.
A favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexandra has frequently performed with the San Francisco Opera Guild, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Golden Gate Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as with West Edge Opera and Prodigal Opera. She has been seen in leading operatic roles including Nedda in I pagliacci, Pamina and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, and in supporting roles such as Despina in Così fan tutte, Sara in Armienta’s La Llorana, and Elizabeth Keckley in John Cepelak’s Lincoln and Booth. Equally talented in the operetta repertoire, she has performed the roles of Phyllis in Iolanthe, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, and in the title role of Princess Ida.
Deeply involved in the Spanish repertoire, Alexandra frequently appears with Opera Cultura as part of her mission to help broadcast the underperformed classical music of the Spanish speaking community. She was the first recipient of Opera Cultura’s Young Artist Fellowship and was featured in their production of Armienta’s Cuentos de Peregrinaciòn, performed at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2014. She reprised the role in 2015 as part of New Works Forum at Opera America’s National Opera Conference. Alexandra also performs Zarzuela and new works in recital for Opera Cultura. An avid recitalist, she is also dedicated to performing the music of women composers.
Alexandra has been featured as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in works including Stravinksy’s Mass, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Mass Transmission by Mason Bates. She is also regular member of San Francisco's newest all-professional chamber choir headed by Ragnar Bohlin, Cappella SF, with whom she was featured as a soloist on Light of Gold, a Christmas album released on the Delos label.
Alexandra holds a Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami. She has received additional training in programs including La Scuola Italia in Italy, University of Miami at Salzburg in Austria, and Intermezzo.
Upcoming engagements include performances as Mimì in La Bohème with Pocket Opera, Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment with San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera a la Carte series, and as soloist in Verdi’s Te Deum with the San Francisco Symphony.
In addition to her performance schedule, Alexandra dedicates time to sharing her knowledge with younger generations of singers, holding teaching studios at Spindrift School of Performing Arts and Bronstein Music.
Alexandra in La Llorona, by Hector Armienta, Fall 2012