Lyric soprano Alexandra Kassouf has demonstrated her versatility as a performer, showing particular facility for early music and new works. Current season highlights include 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. Most recently, she sang and danced in the ensemble of Folks Operetta's recent 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, Ms. Kassouf was the soprano soloist in the US premiere of Michael Csanyi-Wills’ 3 Budapest Songs with the Constella Festival and had the honor of premiering the role of Clara Schumann in Fresco Opera Theater’s Clara. She performed as both a singer and a dancer in a collaboration between choreographer Judith Mikita and composer Billy Larkin in the season closer for Contemporary Dance Theater, …and their feet like grass shall…
Combining movement with classical singing, Ms. Kassouf 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. She has also danced with Bloom Dance Project on the same series and premiered songs from a cycle by Sarah Hutchings.
Also during her time in Cincinnati, Ms. Kassouf took on the roles of 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 Ms. Kassouf portrayed the silent personification of La Musica, was heralded as “highlight of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival.” With Queen City Opera, formerly Queen City Chamber Opera, she choreographed and performed the role of the charming Waldvogel in Siegfried: Act II and covered the role of Fiora in L’amore dei tre re.
Described as “vibrant” and “lovely,” Ms. Kassouf “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 delighted audiences 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 nozzle di Figaro) and the Foreign Woman (The Consul) in scenes concerts.
Ms. Kassouf earned a Master of Music degree from College-Conservatory of Music (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. She is currently pursuing certification in the Alexander Technique.