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)
Keri Alkema returned to the Washington National Opera to sing the title role in Tosca and made her Italian debut at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa singing Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly in the 2018-2019 season. In the 2019-20 season she returns to the Canadian Opera Company as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka, returning to her highly praised interpretation of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Washington National Opera, as well as joining the San Francisco Opera Company in their production of Ernani.
Recently, Ms. Alkema made her debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona singing Amelia in Un ballo in maschera which was broadcast across Spain. She was seen as Giovanna Seymour in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Anna Bolena, debuted at Opéra de Dijon as Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, and returned to Palm Beach Opera for Tosca. She recently made a number of important debuts as Tosca: her London debut at the English National Opera, her German debut at Oper Frankfurt, and a return to the Canadian Opera Company. Other recent performances include Opéra National de Bordeaux as Eboli in Don Carlo under Paul Daniel, Santa Fe Opera as Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni under John Nelson, Seattle Opera and Edmonton Opera as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, and her first performances of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at Teatro Municipal de Santiago. She made her French debut at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera under the baton of Daniel Oren.
She 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 Mimì in La bohème at Palm Beach Opera. She returned 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 made her UK debut at Glyndebourne as Mimì in La bohème, followed by Opera North in Leeds as Adalgisa in Christopher Alden’s new production of Norma. 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 also debuted with the New York Philharmonic in the finale to Act One of Don Giovanni as Donna Elvira under music director Alan Gilbert has performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. 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 notable conductors such as, Renato Palumbo, Antonio Fogliami, Speranza Scarpucci, Johannes Debus, Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, Antonello Allemandi, Oleg Caetani, Keri Lynn Wilson, Emmanuel Villaume, and Ricardo Frizza. 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 Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera, 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 February 2020)
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