Polish-American soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, praised for her “crystalline tone,” is currently a fourth year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she studies with Bill Schuman. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Cynthia Haymon.
In the 2017/18 AVA season she will debut Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and cover Violetta (La traviata), as well as perform the role of Woglinde (Das Rheingold). In the 2016/17 AVA season, Alexandra debuted Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and covered Gilda (Rigoletto). In the 2015/16 season she was seen as Sophie (Werther), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and covered Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).Other roles include Musetta (La bohème) at AVA, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, and covering Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Wolf Trap Opera.
Alexandra deeply honors her European roots and often seeks out opportunities abroad. In 2017 she traveled to Moscow, Russia to compete in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and later participated in the 2017 Academy of French Song and Opera in France. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Zinka Milanov Competition in Croatia and also participated in Master Class courses with Polish Metropolitan Opera soprano Teresa Żylis-Gara in Poland.
A lover of the concert stage as well as the operatic, Alexandra has been a soloist in the Bach B Minor Mass, Carmina Burana, BWV 199, and the Bach Magnificat. She also performs yearly in Russian art song concerts as well as the Jubilate Sacred Music Concert at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Alexandra has received 2nd Prize in the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, 1st Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, 1st Prize in the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition, 4th Prize in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, and is a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Philadelphia. She is a 2nd place winner in FAVA’s Grand Concours de Chant, and 1st place winner in the American Council for Polish Culture’s Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the Kosciuszko Foundation.