Alexandra Yangel

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Alexandra Yangel

 Alexandra Yangel is a 29-year-old mezzo soprano. 

After two years as an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, she made her German stage debut in 2019, appearing as Charlotte (Werther) at Theater Aachen. In the same year she had her Italian debut in the role of Waltraute (Die Walküre) at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and sang Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann) for Operklosterneuburg and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) at the Verbier Festival.

In season 2022/23 Alexandra will make her debut in Munich at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Sonya (War and Peace) with Maestro Vladimir Jurowski and Dmitri Tcherniakov. In April 2023 she will make her debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf as Lucienne (Die tote Stadt) and in July she will sing the role of Marguerite (La damnation de Faust) at Theater Erfurt’s summer festival.

In the 2021/22 season Alexandra debuted at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She also performed in concerts in Hamburg, Hohenems, Belgrade, Dortmund und Budapest.

Before embarking on her vocal career, Alexandra was an accomplished violinist. Born in Moscow, she began her musical education at the age of only five, learning the violin under the instruction of Galina Turchaninova. She graduated with honours from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was taught by Irina Bochkova. At the age of 19, she started singing lessons with Irina Dolzhenko, soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, and studied singing at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music.

For political reasons, Alexandra left Russia permanently in 2013. She currently has her residence in Germany.

At a competition in Vienna in 2016, Alexandra’s voice was noticed by the director of the Vienna State Opera, where she was invited to audition and then engaged as an ensemble member in 2017. While in Vienna, she was taught by Kammersängerin Elena Filipova and began the bachelor’s programme in solo singing at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (2017), followed by a master’s degree in song and oratorio (2020), both of which she completed with distinction.

In concert, she has performed with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra Arpeggione. Previous festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Arpeggione Hohenems and the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad).

She has worked with internationally renowned conductors such as Simone Young, Maxime Pascal, Peter Eötvös, Graeme Jenkins, Susanna Mälkki, Stanislav Kochanovsky and will in future appear under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

Alexandra has participated in masterclasses with Evgeny Nesterenko, Vesselina Kasarova, Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Frittoli, Anatoly Goussev, Silvana Bartoli and Stephan Rügamer.

In recent seasons Alexandra has appeared in significant premieres at the Vienna State Opera, such as The Gambler, Danton’s Tod, Die Weiden (world premiere) and in several productions for children. 

She is also a versatile actress with experience of working with acclaimed producers such as David McVicar, Josef Köpplinger, Karolina Gruber and François de Carpentries. Alexandra is set to appear in a future production directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov.

Ms. Yangel won the Grand Prix in the 1st Vienna International Music Competition in 2019 and won the 2016 international singing competition at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg.