Operapolitan is thrilled to announce our
Operapolitan Singer Of The Month series. Our very first singer of the month is the glorious,
Hailed as "a singer to watch" (Washington Post) with a “commanding presence" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Alexandra Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic stage. This season, she debuts with San Francisco Opera singing The Overseer in Strauss' "Elektra" and covering Princess Turandot, a role she recently debuted with Pittsburgh Opera to great acclaim. Her other leading roles this season include Tosca at Wolf Trap Opera and Palm Beach Opera; Turandot in her Tulsa Opera debut; and a return to Central City Opera, where she made her triumphant role debut as Tosca in 2016. Ms. Loutsion recently represented the United States as a quarterfinalist in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest in Barcelona, Spain, and was a Finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College.
Impressive, huh? Now...enough of the formalities...
Let's get to know the person behind the singing!
What do you do for fun?
I make silly videos with my two alter egos. My first alter ego is the Greek version of myself "Aleksandra Loutsiou" who travels around the country making travel channel like documentaries about why everything is either Greek or somehow related to the greatness of Maria Callas. My second alter ego is a woman from Pittsburgh who speaks with a "yinzer" accent (the local Pittsburgh accent) made with my cohort Allen Perriello, who is also an amazing coach and opera administrator. Our videos talk about how the rest of the country compares to Pittsburgh and what it is like to be a "yinzer" out of our normal habitat. I also have a giant life size cut out of Maria Callas who travels with me on gigs occasionally and befriends my colleagues, and I love to insert her into silly situations whenever possible.
What is your favorite food?
TOO HARD TO ANSWER. :) If I had to limit it, it would be Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food for sure...
What is your favorite holiday? Easter! It happens in my favorite season (Spring) and Easter services are my favorite church services in the Greek Orthodox Church.
What is your favorite TV Series? Golden Girls!!!!!
What is your favorite Movie? Big Fat Greek Wedding (are we sensing a theme here?)
Who is your favorite composer? Mozart/Handel/Beethoven
Do you have a favorite aria? To this we've come from "The Consul"
What is your favorite opera? Top five: Macbeth, Turandot, Fidelio, Rinaldo, The Consul
Who is you favorite opera singer? ...........MARIA CALLAS. :) (Although Tebaldi is a close second)
Do you have any pre-performance traditions or superstitions? I don't like to talk to anyone or see anyone on the day of a show...sometimes that will also carry over into the night before depending on the role. I have to distract myself for the majority of the day, and usually rest. Then I have a very strict schedule of exercise, studying, light eating, warming up, and more distraction also leading up to the show. I find if I let myself think too much about what I am about to do on the day of a show, I will freak myself out. I do all of my big thinking and working out of stuff in the rehearsal process, and on the day of the show, I give it life.