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Alexandra DesShorties

About this Artist

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, ALEXANDRA DESHORTIES has developed a strong relationship with the Metropolitan Opera over the past few seasons. She made her house debut during the 1999/2000 season as the Priestess in Aida. The following season she sang the role of Anna in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Nabucco as well as First Lady in The Magic Flute. The 2001/02 season saw her as Elettra in Idomeneo in a series of performances (including the radio broadcast) conducted by James Levine, and Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. During the 2002/03 season, she returned as Constanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, and the upcoming season sees her in another Mozart role, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, at the Metropolitan Opera.

Deshorties has also developed a growing relationship with the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She made her European debut as Fiordiligi in the festival's summer 2000 production of Così fan tutte, conducted by René Jacobs. She then reprised the role in the same production the following fall at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

On the concert platform, Deshorties recently performed with Levine and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, after working with the conductor in a concert of vocal music by Anton Webern with the Met Chamber Ensemble at Weill Recital Hall. She made her European concert debut at the 2000 Salzburg Festival as soprano soloist in Mozart's Missa Longa and sang in the Verdi Requiem at the 2001 Berkshire Choral Festival. This past season, she appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony in performances of Carmina Burana and returned to Munich for more performances with Levine and the Munich Philharmonic. This evening, she makes her Hollywood Bowl debut.

Deshorties studied at the Marseilles Conservatory, where she earned a gold medal/first prize for her performance in vocal juries. She continued her education at the Manhattan School of Music. She was the 1999 winner of the Leonie Rysanek memorial prize from the George London Foundation Auditions and the 1998 winner of the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Award competition.