Alexandra Kassouf, soprano, has been praised as “truly a one-of-a-kind artist, possessing exceptional gifts in singing, dancing, movement, and stage presence.” She recently returned to Queen City Opera, where she “oozed personality and sang brightly” through the role of Ännchen in Der Freischütz. Her QCO debut as the Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried inspired audiences to say that she “became the bird.” Last season, she sang and danced in the ensemble of Folks Operetta's production of The Csárdás Princess, and covered the role of Patience in the Gilbert and Sullivan gem of the same name with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago.
In recent seasons, Alexandra has brought life to the roles of Sor Isabel in Third Eye Theatre Ensemble’s production of With Blood, With Ink (Daniel Crozier) and Gwendolyn in For Those in Peril (Francis Lynch) with the newly-formed Evanston Chamber Opera. She sang the US premiere of Michael Csanyi-Wills’ 3 Budapest Songs at the Constella Festival and the role of Clara Schumann in Fresco Opera Theater’s Clara. She performed as both a singer and a dancer in the premier of …and their feet like grass shall at Contemporary Dance Theater.
Alexandra has delighted audiences as Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and the Cat (Brundibar), and covered the role of Galatea (Acis and Galatea) with Cincinnati Chamber Opera. Their 2014 production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, in which she portrayed the silent personification of La Musica, was heralded as “highlight of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival.”
Combining movement with classical singing, Alexandra has written several performance pieces, which she has presented as part of the Performance and Time Arts series at Contemporary Dance Theater (Cincinnati). Her first piece, Boundaries, has been called “one of the top five” pieces presented at the long-standing performance art series. Other PTA performances include dancing with Bloom Dance Project and a premiere of songs from a cycle by Sarah Hutchings.
Described as “vibrant” and “lovely,” Alexandra “projected a gushing naïveté” as Sophie DePalma (Masterclass) with Columbus’s CATCO Theater. She has been a soloist with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and a soloist in the Fauré Requiem at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She has strutted her way through scenes as Musetta (La Bohème) and Manon (Manon) in opera galas produced by Kalliope Vocal Arts. As a young artist at the Castleton Festival, she portrayed Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Frasquita (Carmen), and Despina (Così fan tutte) in staged scenes. With CCM in Spoleto, Italy, she portrayed Susannah (Le nozze di Figaro) and the Foreign Woman (The Consul) in scenes concerts.
Alexandra earned a Master of Music degree from CCM, where she had the pleasure of choreographing The Cunning Little Vixen. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also studied dance. Alexandra is a certified Alexander Technique teacher (AmSAT).