Alexandra Pawlus is a Canadian-Polish lyric coloratura, crossover soprano, and teaching artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She hails from Kitchener, Ontario, and recently earned her Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory where she studied with Ms. Carole Haber. Alongside performing, Alexandra works as a Church musician in Boston and New York and as a Metropolitan Opera Guild Teaching Artist.
Ms. Pawlus has already begun to make her mark as a vocalist in the Northeast, making both her Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall debuts in the fall of 2019. She had the pleasure of making her New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut as Drusilla in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and looks forward to singing Queen of the Night in February. A passionate recitalist and lover of art song as well, Alexandra was a featured performer on New England Conservatory’s Liederabend concert series run by Cameron Stowe and Tanya Blaich. She has been invited to perform her recitals in other concert series throughout Boston, and regularly returns to sing in Boston’s largest church, St. Anthony Shrine.
Alexandra received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. At UNCSA she performed the roles of Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Stella (Les contes d’Hoffmann) with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. She also found her love for sacred music, making her oratorio debut as Filia in Carissimi’s Jepthe alongside the Cantata Singers and Baroque chamber ensemble. During these years, Ms. Pawlus also sang as a professional opera chorus member for four productions with Piedmont Opera.
Ms. Pawlus’ repertoire ranges from the baroque to broadway, as she is equally at home on the musical theatre stage. She has performed roles such as Velma von Tussle (Hairspray) and Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes) with delight. Also an enthusiast of new music, she has often worked with composers on premiering art song. Notably, Alexandra played the role of Nat in What It’s Worth (2015), a short film chamber opera composed by Oliver Glynn and directed by Beth Fletcher. The piece earned an Award of Excellence from the Headline International Film Festival.
Overseas, Alexandra has performed with the American Institute of Music Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, Iwonicz-Zdrój Opera Academy in Poland, and sang First Lady (The Magic Flute) with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg. She also received multiple grants to study Polish art song with Ewa Izykowska at the Frederic Chopin Music University in Warsaw, Poland.
Along with her Masters in Vocal Performance from NEC, Ms. Pawlus also earned her Concentration in Vocal Pedagogy, where she studied the vocal techniques of: Marchesi, Vaccai, Complete Vocal Technique (CVT), and extensive study on the techniques of Master Teacher, Helen Hodam. Alexandra has worked closely with leading Pedagogues in the field, such as Dr. Ian Howell, Dr. Kenneth Bozeman, and Dr. Chadley Ballentyne.
Alexandra is thrilled to now be based in New York, and looks forward to working as a Teaching Artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild as she pursues performance and concert work. She is currently accepting private students in New York City and Boston.
Love Songs of Hafiz, Op. 24 (Szymanowski)
Pieśni miłosne Hafiza – Karol Maciej Szymanowski
Alexandra Pawlus – soprano
Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek – piano
Masters Voice Recital in New England Conservatory's Brown Hall
"Three Women" by Lee Hoiby
Alexandra Pawlus, soprano
Morgan Smallwood, saxophone
Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, piano