American soprano Roberta Alexander made her Royal Opera debut in the 1984/5 Season as Mimì (La bohème). She returns in the 2018/19 Season as Curra (La forza del destino).
Alexander studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her early operatic appearances included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Houston Grand Opera, the title role in Strauss’s Daphne for Santa Fe Opera, Elettra (Idomeneo) in Zürich and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York. She went on to sing for Glyndebourne Festival and for the opera companies of Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Zürich and Venice among others, in roles including Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Mimì and Jenufa. In 2016 she sang Fifth Maid (Elektra) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Berlin State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona and Finnish National Opera, and in 2017 she sang Curra for Dutch National Opera.
Alexander’s notable concert appearances have included Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Previn and the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Copland’s In the Beginning with Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem with Keith Lockhart and the Utah Symphony, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the world premiere of Kirchner’s Of things exactly as they are with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has sung in recital at venues including Carnegie Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall, and recorded prolifically, from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to a solo album entitled Songs My Mother Taught Me.