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“Unerringly musical,

diaphanous top notes,

Alkema’s timbres remain creamy after

three hours of strenuous vocalism”

Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune



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Teatro Municipal de Santiago

Mary Stuart 4

Seattle Opera

Don Carlo – Eboli 2

Opéra National de Bordeaux

Madama Butterfly 4

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“she was

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

Performances | Schedule

“The only thing better than singing

is more singing.”

Ella Fitzgerald


2016 - 2017 Season2015 - 2016 Season2014 - 2015 Season2013 - 2014 Season2012 - 2013 Season2011-2012 SeasonOlder

Dates July 2, 8, 13, 22 and Aug. 1, 6, 10, 15, 20, 26, 2016
Opera Don Giovanni
Role Donna Elvira
Venue The Santa Fe Opera


Dates Oct. 3, 8, 12, 14, 20, 22, 25, Nov 22, 24, 26, 29 and Dec 1, 3
Opera Tosca
Role Floria Tosca
Venue English National Opera

Dates May 7, 11, 14, 18, 20, 2017
Opera Tosca
Role Floria Tosca
Venue Canadian Opera Company


Dates June 16, 18, 22, 25, 29 and July 2, 2017
Opera Tosca
Role Floria Tosca
Venue Oper Frankfurt



Dates September 24, 27, 30, and Oct. 2, 2015
Opera Don Carlo
Role Eboli
Venue Opéra National de Bordeaux


Dates February 28 and March 11, 2016
Opera Maria Stuarda
Role Elisabetta
Venue Seattle Opera

Dates April 16, 19, and 21 2016
Opera Maria Stuarda
Role Elisabetta
Venue Edmonton Opera


Dates July 2, 8, 13, 22 and Aug. 1, 6, 10, 15, 20, 26, 2016
Opera Don Giovanni
Role Donna Elvira
Venue The Santa Fe Opera



Dates September 30, October 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 2014
Opera Un Ballo in Maschera
Role Amelia
Venue Théâter du Capitole


Dates January 16, 18, 2015
Opera La Bohème
Role Mimi
Venue Palm Beach Opera


Dates May 1, 3, 2015
Opera Tosca
Role Tosca
Venue Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra



Dates June 25, 27, 30 and July 3
Opera Madama Butterfly
Role Cio-Cio San
Venue Teatro Municipal de Santiago


Dates August 14, 17, 20 and 22
Opera Il turco in Italia
Role Fiorilla
Venue Teatro Municipal de Santiago

Dates November 16, 21, 24
Opera Don Carlo
Role Élisabeth de Valois
Venue Austin Lyric Opera


Dates February 2-22
Opera Un ballo in maschera
Role Amelia (Cover)
Venue Canadian Opera Company


Dates March 21, 22, and 23
Opera The Tales of Hoffman
Role Giulietta
Venue Palm Beach Opera



Dates May 27, 30 and June 2, 5, 8
Opera Anna Bolena
Role Giovanna Seymour
Venue Opéra National de Bordeaux


Dates August 2, 5, 8, 11, and 14
Opera Otello
Role Desdemona
Venue Teatro Municipal de Santiago

Dates September 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, Octcotober 3, and 7
Opera Anna Bolena
Role Anna Bolena (Cover)
Venue Washington National Opera


Dates November 10, 13, 15, 17, and 18
Opera Anna Bolena
Role Anna Bolena
Venue Minnesota Opera



Dates February 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22
Opera La Clemenza di Tito
Role Vitellia
Venue Canadian Opera Company


Dates April 14, 16, 18, 20
Opera Mosé in Egitto
Role Amaltea
Venue New York City Opera

Dates June 29, 30 2012
Opera Don Giovanni (Act 1 Finale)
Role Donna Elvira
Venue New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Alan Gilbert


Dates March – May 2012
Opera Tales of Hoffmann
Role Giulietta
Venue Canadian Opera Company


Dates January – March 2012
Opera Norma
Role Adalgisa
Venue Opera North in Leeds



Dates October – December 2011
Opera La Bohéme
Role Mimi
Venue Glyndebourne Tour


Dates August 17, 20, 23, 2011
Opera Simon Boccanegra
Role Amelia Grimaldi
Venue Teatro Municipal de Santiago


Dates August 4, 2011
Venue Ravinia Festival
Role Soprano Soloist in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied
Conductor: James Conlon

2010 – 2011 Season

Dates May 27, 2011
Venue Cininnati May Festival
Role Soprano Soloist in Hayden’s Heiligmesse and Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied
Conductor: James Conlon


Dates April 9, 12, 15, 17, 2011
Opera Cosí fan tutte
Role Fiordiligi
Venue Atlanta Opera


Dates December 3, 2010
Event Gala Concert
Role Guest Artist with Samuel Ramey and Julianna DiGiacomo
Venue New Jersey State Opera


Dates November 4, 6, 8, 10, 2010
Opera Das Rheingold
Role Freia
Venue Teatro de la Maestranza – Seville

2009 – 2010 Season

Dates July 10 and 16th, 2010
Opera Norma
Role Adalgisa
Venue Caramoor


Dates January 22, 2010
Venue The Song Continues Concert
Role Soprano Soloist
Venue Carnegie Hall


Dates November 8, 10, 12, 14, 20, 22, 2009
Opera Don Giovanni
Role Donna Elvira
Venue New York City Opera

“Alkema spun out long phrases of a
golden tone,
with incredible control
that drew the audience toward the stage, leaning in for more.”

Natalie Zeldin, Austin Chronicle


“Beautiful, physically graceful,

equipped with a

and defines sensitivity from beginning to end,

she is a diva
in the actual sense of the word.”

Enrique Morales Lastra, El Mostrador


A voice with an “appealing brew of dark and creamy colors” (New York Times), lirico-spinto soprano Keri Alkema has been praised for her “tonal opulence” (Washington Post) and “incisive musicality”. (New York Times) 

In the 2015-2016 season, Keri Alkema returns to Opéra National de Bordeaux as Eboli in Don Carlo under Alain Lombard, as well as debuting at Seattle Opera and Edmonton Opera as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda. She also will join The Santa Fe Opera as Donna Elvira in their new production of Don Giovanni. She made her French debut at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera under the baton of Daniel Oren with costumes by Christian Lacroix. She also sang her first performances of Madama Butterfly at Teatro Municipal de Santiago and of Tosca with the Orlando Philharmonic. She returned to Palm Beach Opera as Mimì in La bohème.

Ms. Alkema made her role debut as Elisabetta di Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Austin Lyric Opera, as well as debuted at Opéra National de Bordeaux as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena and as Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Palm Beach Opera. She returned to Teatro Municipal de Santiago for her first performances as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and sang her first performances of the title role in Anna Bolena at Minnesota Opera, a role she also covered first at the Washington National Opera. She returned to the Canadian Opera Company in a much-acclaimed role debut as Vitellia in Christopher Alden’s production of La clemenza di Tito and also returned to New York City Opera where she was seen as Amaltea, the Pharaoh’s wife, in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto at New York City Center. She has made a number of international debuts: Glyndebourne as Mimì in La bohème, Opera North in Leeds as Adalgisa in Christopher Alden’s new production of Norma, and the Canadian Opera Company as Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann. She also debuted with the New York Philharmonic in the finale to Act One of Don Giovanni as Donna Elvira under music director Alan Gilbert.

Other notable engagements include her appearances at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville as Freia in Das Rheingold, Atlanta Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra. Ms. Alkema made her soprano role debut to great critical acclaim as Donna Elvira in Christopher Alden’s production of Don Giovanni at the New York City Opera in which the New York Times praised her “compelling, rich-toned” performance. 

Ms. Alkema has debuted on the concert stages of the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Das klagende Lied and Cincinnati May Festival again in Das klagende Lied and also Haydn’s Heiligmesse – Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida, both engagements under the baton of James Conlon, as well as with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni under Roberto Abbado. She was also heard as Adalgisa in the original two soprano version of Bellini’s masterpiece Norma at the Caramoor International Music Festival with Will Crutchfield. An active member of the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, she also performed at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Annual Recital at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Alkema has worked with such notable conductors as Plácido Domingo, Emmanuel Villaume, Ricardo Frizza, Heinz Fricke, Antony Walker, and Ann Manson. A frequent recitalist, Ms. Alkema is currently on the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which sponsored her New York recital debut. She has done many residencies with the Foundation including recitals in Oberlin, Ohio, Winter Park, Florida, Brownville, Nebraska, and for the Art Song of Williamsburg concert series.

Ms. Alkema has been a member of several prestigious young artist programs including the Santa Fe Opera and the Music Academy of the West, under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne. She has also been the recipient of prizes from the George London Foundation, Opera Index Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, and Loren L. Zachary National Voice Competition.

(Updated April 2016)

“Golden-voiced American soprano
Keri Alkema

is vocally brilliant”

John Terauds, Musical Toronto


“Every heart sings a song,


until another heart whispers back.”



Norma Norma


Anna Bolena Anna Bolena
Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda
Lucrezia Borgia Lucrezia


Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
Le nozze di Figaro Contessa Almaviva
La clemenza di Tito Vitellia
Cosí fan tutte Fiordiligi
Tosca Tosca
Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio San
La bohéme Mimì
Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut
Turandot Liu
Il trittico Giorgetta
  Suor Angelica


Semiramide Semiramide
La Donna del Lago Elena
Maometto II Anna
Ermione Ermione
Guillaume Tell Mathilde
Das Rheingold Freia


Der Freischütz Agathe


Un Ballo in Maschera Amelia
Simon Boccanegra Amelia Grimaldi
Il trovatore Leonora
Otello Desdemona
Don Carlo Elisabetta di Valois
Falstaff Alice Ford
Il corsaro Medora

(Updated – April 2016)

“Alkema sang with
ease and joy”

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times


“Keri Alkema has a

RICH, FULL vocal presence

caresses the score

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star


Elizabetta in 'Maria Stuarda' at Seattle Opera

“When Donizetti wished to portray powerful women, he invested their music with imposing runs and leaping intervals..
Alkema’s large voice was used effectively in a portrayal of an insecure English queen, tormented by indecision as jealous of the attention that her captive cousin received from her intimate friend, Roberto Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and fully capable of using her power to destroy a rival.”

Operawarhorses, February 2016

“Singing alongside El-Khoury on Sunday was Keri Alkema as a stellar Elizabeth, who ….rose to wonderfully incisive, powerful singing as the show went on.”

The Seattle Times by Melind Bargren, February 2016

“…I was impressed by Keri Alkema’s delivery, especially her ability to maintain both musicality and clear diction on lines that rival Gilbert and Sullivan’s patter songs. “

gemmdalexander, February 2016

Eboli in 'Don Carlo' at Opéra National de Bordeaux

“American soprano Keri Alkema was a flawless interpreter of Princess Eboli.”

Seen and Heard International by José M. Irurzun, September 29, 2015

“ Princess Eboli Keri Alkema , in taking a role, we also retain the intensity but also agility, surprisingly. The Moorish song she interprets the II “Nel giardin del bello Saracin ostello” is absolutely delicious. “ by Sabino Pena Arcia, September 2015

Fiorilla in 'Turco in Italia' at Teatro Municipal de Santiago

“…Fiorilla, should be a lyric soprano with a good central register, with certain passages of agilities and dramatic as her big scene before the end of the second act, which approximates to the dramatic heroines of serious operas, with splendid Keri Alkema participation.
Pietro Spagnoli, as Selim and Alessandro Corbelli as Don Geronio…….these two great talents, accompanied Keri Alkema in the leading trio, whom we met other great previous interpretations in the Municipal, who personifies honors this time, the inveterate and flirtatious Fiorilla.”

Biobiochili, Johnny Teperman, August 2015

Cio Cio San in 'Madama Butterfly' at Teatro Municipal de Santiago

“In the Monday premiere, she [Alkema] once again displayed a voice filled with beautiful color and a even timbre, as well as good high notes and projected strength when necessary. She was particularly moving in her heart-rending delivery of “Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio”, and as whole considering it was her role debut, she was a good Butterfly with an undeniable potential…”

Biblio Chile by Joel Poblete, June 24, 2015

“American soprano Keri Alkema was a great Cio Cio San, but the truth is that initially took part of the first act accommodate his character, suffering and emotional. However, over the opera she was winning security and since the beginning of the second act until the end showcased her talents magnificent and faced the audience with all its power and technical purity.”

Biobiochile by Johnny Teperman, June 2015

Title Role in 'Tosca' at Orlando Philharmonic

“In the title role, Keri Alkema delivered a beautifully moving “Vissi d’arte.” Under the stage direction of Henry Akina, she also emphasized the humor in Tosca’s jealous nature.”

Orlando Sentinal by Matthew J. Palm, May 2015

“Like previous Orlando Phil opera productions, the singers took the spotlight and dazzled with a sensible blend of technical skill and emotional display of their respective character’s psyche. Soprano Keri Alkema, in the titular role, projected a songbird tone with exceptional warmth. Among her many standout moments was the famous aria ‘Vissi d’Arte,’ in which she questions God for her unnerving situation, beset by the evil Scarpia and fearing for her lover’s death. “I lived for my art, I lived for love, I never did harm to a living soul,” she sings, belying her soon-to-come murderous vengeance. by Esteban Meneses, May 2, 2015

Mimi in 'La Boheme' at Palm Beach Opera

”Keri Alkema was an exceptional Mimi, always alive and reacting to the drama and comedy taking place around her. Her dark, slightly covered sound imbued “Si, Mi chiamano Mimi,” with poignancy, almost like a foretelling of the tragedy that is to come. While Mimi is often almost lost in the bustle of the second act Café Momus scene, Alkema made every one of her interjections count. In the third act as her lover Rodolfo describes Mimi’s consumptive illness and his fear that she his dying, her reaction was heartbreaking. She sang “Addio, Donde lieta usci” with simple directness to Callegari’s sumptuous string underpinning. Alkema’s lower register glowed in the death scene as the lovers recalled their first meeting. She brought wonderfully varied dynamics and vocal coloring to her last moments, the final line almost rendered in a whisper. Alkema is a potent singing actress.”

South Florida Classical Review By Lawrence Budmen, January 17, 2015

”As Mimi, one of opera’s most beloved characters, Keri Alkema displayed a smooth soprano capable of a wide variety of coloration, from full-out passion to creamy high pianissimos. Her heroine was no delicate flower, but a real-world, many-sided young woman. Tentative in her first aria (Mi chiamano Mimi), Alkema came into her own with a moving Act 3 “Addio” and touching death scene. “

Palm Beach Daily News by Robert Croan, January 17, 2015

”The Lake Park-reared soprano Keri Alkema, who appeared in last season’s Contes d’Hoffmann and has been making inroads into the dramatic Verdi repertory, was Mimì (the production had been announced with Slovenian soprano Sabina Cvilak, but she was due to give birth this month and bowed out). You could hear Alkema holding back during her first moments on stage until she reached the “Il primo bacio dell’Aprile” section of “Mi chiamano Mimì,” and unleashed her big, dramatic coloratura voice.
If her voice is outside the tradition of the smaller-voiced singers who have taken on this role, her work was no less enjoyable for that, and indeed it was a pleasure to hear the part sung this robustly, particularly in the “Addio, senza rancor” of Act III. Her acting was somewhat reserved in a role that’s pure melodrama, but there was enough good singing there to let us forget about character illumination.”

Palm Beach Arts Paper by Greg Stepanich, January 23, 2015.

”With all the magnificence of La Boheme, the stars of the show are delightfully portrayed by Dimitri Pittas in the role of Rodolfo and Keri Alkema as Mimi.
The love and passion of this couple’s romance captivated the stage. Their performance was masterful and cemented their place on the stage whether it was just the two or surrounded by a cast of 50, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Pittas and Alkema.”, January 2015

Amelia in 'Un Ballo in Maschera' at Théâter du Capitole

“Noticed by Giovanna Seymour in Bordeaux last year, Keri Alkema, vocally near Sondra Radvanovsky, entered a new phase in her career. The singer has a beautiful fabric material, good technique enough to tackle the role of Amelia and beautiful intuitions, especially during the second act duet with Riccardo and face to her husband at the splendid ‘Morro, my prima in grazia ‘where breath, colors and expressions are admirable.” by François Lesueur, October, 2014

“For her debut in France, the American soprano Keri Alkema, Amelia, deploys an opulent, lirico-spinto voice made ​​of shadows and light.”

Classic Today News Blog, by Bruno Serrou October, 2014

“Keri Alkema (US) embodies a consistent Amelia, which delivers the best of its role in ‘Morro, my prima in grazia’ a beautiful intensity of expression.” by Gilles Charlassier, October, 2014

Desdemona in 'Otello' at Teatro Municipal de Santiago

“Alkema is a singer who is going through a wonderful international circuit of opera houses, and she is very likely to then make the leap to the leading opera houses of the world. Beautiful, physically graceful, and equipped with a sound that captivates and defines sensitivity from beginning to end, she is a diva in the actual sense of the word. Her musical instrument is beautiful and sings (or moves) through the musical notes with the skill of an artist that makes it possible for her to embody roles of both mezzo and soprano. Her final scene was the highest peak of the overall aesthetic characteristics that we have outlined in reviewing this production”

Enrique Morales Lastra, El mostrador, August 6, 2014

“Three years after leaving a positive impression with her debut in Chile in another Verdi opera, Simon Boccanegra American soprano Keri Alkema returned to incarnate for the first time in her career Desdemona, and her performance was superb, both for its stage presence and especially for its rich, warm voice, good volume and power, which is well suited to Verdi roles, particularly showing off the fourth act, with a soulful delivery of “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria”

BioBioChile, by Johnny Temperman Aug. 4, 2014

“The American soprano Keri Alkema, who debuted in Chile in 2011 as Amelia in Simon Bocanegra, embodied a very solvent Desdemona, with a full voice and pianissimo in order harmonics, secure in the musical and expressive as an actress.”

El Mercurio by Juan Antonio Munoz, Aug. 4th, 2014

“Three years after a positive impression already aroused with the debut in Chile in another Verdi opera, Simon Boccanegra, the American soprano Keri Alkema has returned to embody for the first time in his career Desdemona. Its yield was wonderful, both for the stage presence is primarily for voice, rich and warm, with good volume and power, very suited to Verdi roles, shining particularly in the fourth act, with a heart-warming song and Willow Ave Maria.”

Joel Poblete,, August 6, 2014

Giovanna Seymour in 'Anna Bolena' at Opéra National Bordeaux

“Gigantic voiced too, Keri Alkema seems to have no limits whatsoever in the bass or the treble. A voice with indefinite identity, as evidenced by a career that encompasses roles like Cenerentola and Mimi, Giovanna’s fatal flaws,ambitious predator or victim torn apart by conflicted feelings. Her duets with the King in Act I and Queen in the second, are two of the highlights of the performance.”

Christophe Rizoud ,, June 8, 2014

“Keri Alkema, mid-soprano, mid -mezzo, assuming full range of Giovanna Seymour for a luscious and beautifully voice that knows how to be virtuous.”

François Lesueur,, June 8, 2014

Giulietta in 'Tales of Hoffman' at Palm Beach Opera

“Other important roles were sung remarkably by Keri Alkema (Giulietta)…”

Marcio Bezerra,Palm Beach Daily News March 23, 2014

“As Giuletta, the courtesan who horribly betrays Hoffmann, the soprano Keri Alkema brought a dramatic manner and an imposing voice to the role. In an opulent, dark-hued voice, well-centered and with an even vibrato, she radiated seductive menace as she persuaded Hoffmann to surrender to her his reflection.”

David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review, March 22, 2014

Elisabetta di Valois in 'Don Carlo' at Austin Lyric Opera

“Still, the most powerful moments came in the final act, as the resigned Elisabetta (Keri Alkema) sang the evocative “Tu Che le Vanità,” an aria in which she wishes for her death. Alkema spun out long phrases of a shimmering, golden tone, suspending the softest notes in the air with incredible control that drew the audience toward the stage, leaning in for more.”

Natalie Zeldin, Austin Chronicle, November 29, 2013

Vitellia in 'La Clemenza di Tito' at Canadian Opera Company

“And in the great diva role of the piece, Vitellia, Keri Alkema has a rich, full vocal presence that caresses the score to perfection…”

Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, February 3, 2013

“Vitella is the former Emperor’s daughter, enraged at not having been chosen to be Tito’s wife, who, in the opera pushes Sesto, her lover, into his treasonous acts. She should be a woman consumed with passion – and when Alkema delivered that passion, she was brilliant, mesmerizing.”

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail, February 4, 2013

“Golden-voiced American soprano Keri Alkema is vocally brilliant as Vitellia, the female catalyst for the story of ambition and betrayal which is ultimately resolved by the pardoning grace of Roman emperor Tito…”

John Terauds, Musical Toronto, February 4, 2013

“American soprano Keri Alkema, last heard locally as Giulietta in Hoffmann, outdid herself as a tremendous Vitellia.”

La Scena Musicale, February 4, 2013

“The fourth excellent performance is arguably the single most important one in the whole opera. Keri Alkema’s Vitellia needs to be able to make us believe that she can make a man murder his best friend out of love for her, even as she outrageously pursues someone else. Vitellia is not an attractive human being, even though she is eventually tormented by remorse in the last part of the opera. Alkema manages all of it: the demanding high-maintenance diva, the capriciousness, sense of entitlement, and even the birth of compassion & a human heart in the latter part of her portrayal, all sung powerfully.”

Barczablog, February 4, 2013

Anna in 'Anna Bolena' at Minnesota Opera

“Soprano Keri Alkema gave a compelling, sympathetic portrayal of the doomed Anna. Alkema’s mad scene was subdued and pathetic — no wide-eyed leering or rending of garments — and her shift at the end toward a state of serene acceptance rang absolutely true. Vocally, she was impeccable from start to finish, displaying impressive coloratura agility at the top and nicely varied colors in her lower register.”

Michael Anthony, Opera News, February 2013

“While the real Anne was no angel, Keri Alkema made the monarch a bastion of strength, fire and compassion, her voice and stage presence dominating each scene she inhabited. From her tempestuous encounters with her cruel husband to the gently delivered recollections as she awaited execution, Alkema presented a tour de force of power and subtlety, the mezzo-turned-soprano showing impeccable command throughout her ample range.”

Ron Hubbard, Pioneer Press, November 11, 2012

“Credit a phenomenal cast of American singers for the success of this production. First among equals is soprano Keri Alkema (Anne). Unerringly musical, with diaphanous top notes, Alkema’s timbres remain creamy after three hours of strenuous vocalism; she toggles convincingly between defiance and despair.”

Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune, November 12, 2012

“Keri Alkema in the title role endowed the unjustly beleaguered Anne with the right amount of naïve willfulness and passionate despair that characterize such heroines.”

William Fietzer, The Examiner, November 11, 2012

Giulietta in 'Les contes d’Hoffmann' at Canadian Opera Company

“Soprano Keri Alkema was lustrous as Giulietta…”

Arthur Kaptainis, National Post, April 11, 2012

“Keri Alkema’s plummy mezzo-like soprano had the right timbre for Giulietta.”

Joseph K. So, Opera, August 2012

“…three excellent sopranos to crown each act: Erin Wall’s glowing Antonia, Keri Alkema’s lusty Giulietta and Andriana Chuchman’s comically robotic Olympia.”

John Terauds, The Star, April 11, 2012

“Starting with the mechanical Olympia and progressing through the tragic Antonia and the wanton Giulietta (sung respectively and gloriously by sopranos Andriana Chuchman, Erin Wall and Keri Alkema)…”

John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun, April 11, 2012

“Keri Alkema’s seductive and commanding Giulietta…”

Axel van Chee, Charlebois Post, April 11, 2012

“Keri Alkema brings sensuality and a strong presence to her manipulative Giulietta.”

Jon Kaplan, Now Toronto, April 20, 2012

Adalgisa in Norma at Opera North

“Norma is not a one-woman opera, and, despite ‘Casta diva’, duets and ensembles are more central to its texture than solo arias. So Norma needs more than adequate singing partners, and here too Opera North have come up trumps. In Keri Alkema they have an Adalgisa to match [Annemarie] Kremer and provide the balance of equals which ensures that their extended duets, at once touching and brilliant, come off wonderfully.”

Anthony Arblaster, The Independent, January 30, 2012

“As her guilt-ridden rival, Adalgisa, Keri Alkema provides sterling support…”

George Hall, The Guardian, January 29, 2012

“American soprano Keri Alkema brought a rich, creamy tone to the role of Adalgisa, which blended beautifully with Kremer’s voice both in this trio and in the famous duet ‘Mira o Norma’, one of the highlights of Act II.”

Laura Kate Wilson, Bach Track, January 30, 2012

“Keri Alkema matches [Annemarie] Kremer note for note and gesture for gesture…”

George Hall, The Stage, January 30, 2012

“The most substantial of the secondary roles is that of the young novice priestess, Adalgisa, for whom Pollione ditches Norma. Keri Alkema has a strong soprano voice – more powerful than Annemarie Kremer’s which could have posed balance problems in their duetting in the second act. There were no worries here though. In music that is arguably the finest in the opera, I found the duets the performing highlight. The conductor and singers had clearly worked very hard at this and the result was moving, musical perfection.”

John Leeman, Seen and Heard, January 31, 2012

“Well one good interpretation deserves another. The Adalgisa of Keri Alkema was similarly world class – a rich, mellow soprano, singing over a wide tessitura (some hair-raising high notes thrown in). Dramatically she may have been overshadowed by Kremer, but vocally she was every bit the high priestess’s equal. Their duets were the last word in élan and her sense of line was magnificently well assured. How refreshing it is to hear such singers, so supremely in command of what they are singing, no strain, no tentativity, no sign that they are out of their depth. Together, they made a formidable pairing.”

Antony Lias, Opera Britannia, January 30, 2012

“The American soprano Keri Alkema, another Leeds debutante, was a forceful, full-toned Adalgisa, and a good match for Norma. She was also asked to sing in a variety of positions, including rolling down the sloping stage. Their two duets were highlights…”

Martin Dreyer, Opera, April 2012

Mimi in 'La Bohème' Glyndebourne Tour

“The young cast in this production by David McVicar play it perfectly, with Keri Alkema particularly impressive in the doomed Mimi’s deathbed scene, which had me sobbing my eyes out.

William Hartston, The Daily Express and

“Keri Alkema’s Mimi masters the conflict of weakness with a powerful voice with total conviction, never once betraying the fragility of the role.

Andrew Kay, Latest7 Magazine

Amelia Grimaldi in 'Simon Boccanegra' at Teatro Municipal de Santiago

“The American soprano Keri Alkema (Maria/Amelia) gave a brilliant performance from start to finish. She has an interesting timbre: a robust, rich color with a splendid power in the middle and low that is very close to being a dramatic voice. Amelia’s character is often the stereotypical wimp, but with Ms. Alkema’s material, she acquires a very interesting maturity and commanding personality.”

Mario Cordova, Diario Las Ultimas Noticias, August 19, 2011

“Another high point was the interesting soprano Keri Alkema, a very expressive Amelia Grimaldi. Her voice is secure in all registers of the tessitura, with beautiful colors and forte and piano.”

Andres Yaksic, El Mercurio, August 19, 2011

Ravinia Festival in Mahler’s 'Das klagende Lied'

“Conlon had a sturdy team of soloists in Keri Alkema, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Rodrick Dixon and Brian Mulligan. Both women were excellent. Alkema caught the soaring rapture of the nightingale sequence (soprano and chorus).”

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, August 5, 2011

Cincinnati May Festival debut under James Conlon in Mahler’s 'Das klagende Lied'

“In her festival debut, Alkema’s big, glorious soprano captured the drama of the story.”

Janelle Gelfand,, May 28, 2011

Fiordilgi in 'Cosi fan tutte' at Atlanta Opera

Soprano Keri Alkema sang Fiordiligi gorgeously, with voluptuous higher notes and a husky low end. She was thoroughly believable in Act Two, when she sang of the tremors of her heart (“Per pieta”) and finally succumbed to the pleas of her new suitor, that strange fellow with the fez and cheesy moustache.

Pierre Ruhe, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Soprano Keri Alkema sang Fiordiligi with a rich, secure sound and fine technique. Hugely talented, she seems to have burst onto the scene in the last year or so after switching from the mezzo register. Mozart loved his sopranos, and gave them his best music. None of it was wasted on Alkema, whose portrayal of frailty and sensitivity served to pull the evening back from farce to melodrama.

James L. Paulk,

Soprano Keri Alkema joins the line of distinguished sopranos who have excelled in the role of Fiordiligi in Atlanta. Her dark colored, full lyric voice was produced with sufficient sonority at the forte dynamic, and her higher notes were beautifully poised when sustained over the orchestra. This was best heard during the iconic trio “Soave sia il vento” where the limpid quality of her voice gradually dominated the wall of sound, much like the sun shining through the morning fog. Noteworthy also was her ability to produce the low emissions of her chest register in a similar manner as those in the higher plain, though it cannot be said that these extremes were homogenously equalized. In her first act aria, “Come Scoglio”, she successfully negotiated the majority of the score’s musical pitfalls, though what was offered up as a trill could not be accepted as such, and the ruthless sequence of triplets that mark the end of this testing aria left room for a more equalized execution. Both her act two solo offering, “Per pieta ben mio, perdona” and the subsequent duet with Ferrando “Fra gli amplessi” found her in commanding form, as she unleashed the voice in a fiery manner deigned to match the strange conflicts found in this character…she has the gift of a glamorous instrument and the opportunity to hone her craft that only youth can provide. Much is expected of this young lady, and her participation in last Saturday’s performance provided the musical highlights of the evening.

Daniel Vasquez, [blog]

Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni' at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, September 2010

Keri Alkema suffused Elvira with such passion in her rage and longing that one expected the stage to start smoldering (which it eventually did)

Rob Hubbard, The Pioneer Press

the most successful was Keri Alkema’s Donna Elvira, who claims to be his wife. Her warm lirico-spinto soprano made easy work of the role’s coloratura demands, while delivering the most deeply felt performance.

William Randall Beard, The Star Tribune

soprano Keri Alkema stood out, standing in for Alexia Voulgaridou as Donna Elvira…she was in full control of her material and voice and was deeply affecting in her conflicted Act Two aria, “Mi tradi.”

Jay Furst, Post-Bulletin

Adalgisa in 'Norma' at Caramoor

The cast over all was strong, especially the immensely gifted soprano Keri Alkema, who was an exceptional Adalgisa…Her lustrous, affecting Adalgisa here revealed additional dimensions to her artistry. In the scenes between Norma and Adalgisa, especially the classic duet “Mira, o Norma,” Ms. Meade and Ms. Alkema sensitively blended their voices. Later, when the priestesses decide to forsake Pollione and pledge sisterly comradeship, Ms. Meade and Ms. Alkema sang with infectious ease and joy. The ascending scales in thirds were easily in sync and perfectly in tune.

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

Keri Alkema was for me the star of the evening. She was all that one could want in an Adalgisa. Beautiful singing, dramatic, involved and she easily conveyed the vulnerability and tenderness of Adalgisa.

Don Levine, Opera-L

Alkema recently switched from mezzo to soprano repertory, and that’s evident in the unusual power she commands in her lower register…she sang with gorgeous, dramatically incisive tone and revealed great facility in coloratura.

Mike Silverman, AP

[Ms.Alkema’s] duets with Miss Meade require more than one mention, so beautiful were they. The two women faced each other and sang perfectly timed parallel vocal lines with precision and care. A joy to hear.

Taminophile’s Blog: Opera’s Golden Age

Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni' at New York City Opera’s new production

Keri Alkema was an outstanding Donna Elvira, who wielded easy power in a tireless “Mi tradi” and threw herself vigorously into her “church lady” characterization.

James Jorden, New York Post

Donna Elvira, the compelling, rich-voiced Keri Alkema (formerly a mezzo-soprano, making her role debut as a soprano), carries a beat-up suitcase, a poignant symbol of this obsessed character’s pursuit of Giovanni, who has jilted her.

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

Keri Alkema has previously sung Suzuki (in “Madama Butterfly”) at the NYCO, so this appearance as Donna Elvira marks her debut as a soprano. She, too, has exactly the right sound for the role: strong, agile, and crystal-clear. Her runs and arpeggios are articulate and rhythmically faultless, with spot-on intonation.

Andrew Farach-Colton, Classical Source

Not making their debuts, but making their presence known, are Keri Alkema as jilted Donna Elvira, who may be doing the most exquisite work of all.

David Finkle,

Keri Alkema owns the stage as the fantastically obsessive Donna Elvira.

Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

Keri Alkema’s slightly rough-edged Donna Elvira was the most vivid.

F. Paul Driscoll, OperaNews

The two main women’s roles – the greatest bugbears in the opera – were brilliantly filled by the demonstrative, big toned, previously-mezzo-now-soprano Keri Alkema as Elvira and the more brightly and delicately toned but still potent (and vocally agile) Stefania Dovhan as Donna Anna. Neither singer approximated or faked a moment of her role; here are two new major singers with grand breath control, accurate pitch and coloratura and fine acting abilities.

Robert Levine,

Stefania Dovhan and Keri Alkema were blazing powerhouses as, respectively, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira

Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News

“Vocally, she was impeccable from start to finish,

displaying impressive coloratura agility at the top

and nicely varied colors in her lower register.”

Michael Anthony, Opera News

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