Alexandria Shiner, soprano, continues to garner critical acclaim for her “blazing soprano” (Wall Street Journal) and returns to Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for the 2018-2019 season. Season highlights at WNO include Kayla in the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents, where she was praised for her “powerful soprano voice with precise intonation and a broad range of dynamics and color” (Washington Classical Review), and Mirra in the North American premiere of Liszt's lost opera Sardanapalo. In the summer of 2019 she will debut the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolf Trap Opera.
Ms. Shiner began the 2017-2018 season singing the title role in Alcina for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance at Washington National Opera. Other season highlights include Celestial Voice in Don Carlo, and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, both at WNO, and a debut at The Glimmerglass Festival as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Magda Sorel in The Consul. Additionally, she has performed with Knoxville Opera, Marble City Opera, and Opera Naples.
She received an Encouragement Award in the 2017 Middle East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and she placed second in the Young Artist category of the 2016 Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists. She also competed as the Mid-South Regional Winner in the 2016 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Awards in Chicago. In 2014, by invitation of Manhattan Concert Productions, Ms. Shiner performed on the Fourth Annual Collegiate Honors Recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She also attended the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria in 2013.
A native of Waterford, Michigan, Alexandria received her Master of Music from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University.