London-based Australian soprano Alexandra Oomens is a Harewood Artist with English National Opera. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy Opera Programme at the Royal Academy of Music, and an alumna of the Georg Solti Accademia, where she worked with Alessandro Corbelli, Barbara Frittoli, and Sir Richard Bonynge.
In the 2023-2024 season Alexandra will be adding the roles of Pamina and Papagena to her repertoire, both with English National Opera. She will also return to Pinchgut Opera as Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo, and to the Grange Festival as Ann Trulove in The Rake’s Progress. She makes her company debut with Opera Australia as Despina in Così fan tutte.
Recent highlights with ENO include the roles of Elsie in Yeoman of the Guard, A lady in waiting in a concert version of Gloriana, Frasquita in Carmen, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Pepik/The Woodpecker in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Musetta in La Boheme. Other highlights include Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas at the Grange Festival; Dafne in Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne with Pinchgut Opera; Laurette in a televised semi-staged production of Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle with L’Orchestre de Chamber de Geneve; and Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro in her Opera North debut. In concert she has sung Haydn’s Creation with the Australian Haydn Ensemble at the Canberra International Music Festival and Sydney City Recital Hall, Mendelsohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with The King’s Consort, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Pinchgut Opera and the French premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Puzzles and Games with Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France at the Festival Présences.
She performs regularly with Pinchgut Opera, with previous roles including Isabelle(L’Amant Jaloux); Lisel (The Chimney Sweep), Alinda (Giasone), and Childerico (Faramondo). Other appearances include Clizia Teseo for the London Handel Festival; Zerlina Don Giovanni for Clonter Opera; Vixen Cunning Little Vixen, Semela, La Princess and La Chauve-Souris L’Enfant et les sortileges, Tina Flight, Cupidon Orphée Aux Enfers, and Damigella L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Royal Academy Opera.
Alexandra has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Eroica Ensemble, and the Orchestra of the Antipodes. Her repertoire includes Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Telemann’s Die Donner Ode (Pinchgut Opera), Exsultate, Jubilate (Amersham Festival of Music), Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen and Coffee Cantata (Canberra International Music Festival), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Song Company), and Vivaldi’s Gloria (Gondwana Choirs). She has performed at such venues as the London Coliseum, the Concertgebouw, the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Recital Hall, and the City Recital Hall.
Alexandra holds an Advanced Diploma of Opera, a Master of Arts (Hons), and an Honorary DipRAM for outstanding performance (Royal Academy of Music), and a BMus (Hons.) from the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. During her time at the Royal Academy of Music, she was a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata soloist, the winner of the 2018 Michael Head Song Prize, and a member of the prestigious Royal Academy Song Circle. She is extremely grateful for the generosity and sponsorship of the Carr- Gregory Trust Scholarship, and John Baker Opera Award during her time with the RAO.
Alexandra has completed intensive language studies in Florence and Paris, as well as language training at Alliance Française, the Dante Alighieri Institute and Goethe Institute. She has also undertaken stage and film courses at the Actors Centre Australia.