Alexis Magarò is an operatic soprano who has performed extensively in concerts and operas throughout Europe and the United States. As the former principal soprano soloist at the Opernhaus Halle in Germany and through her various engagements, Ms. Magarò has appeared frequently on television and often been the subject of radio broadcasts with both live and recorded performances of everything from Mozart to Puccini, Richard Strauss and Villa-Lobos.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Italian literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Ms. Magarò was propelled into the the university opera workshop program and immediately received as its star soloist. In this capacity she was chosen by the university as its sole representative in a series of master classes offered by the San Francisco Opera. After completing her studies there with honors, she moved to Florence to continue vocal work with Jolanda Meneguzzer and Bruno Rigacci.
During these formative years in Italy she won prizes in singing competitions in both the United States and in Italy. These included:
- First prize Metropolitan Opera Auditions Competition (USA)
- Special mention at the nationally televised finals of the Maria Callas Competition (Italy) leading to a performance with the RAI Orchestra, Edoardo Mueller conducting
- Special prize Vincenzo Bellini Competition (Italy)
- Second prize Maria Caniglia Competition (Italy)
Her operatic debut took place in Innsbrück, Austria where she sang at the Festival für Alte Musik in a revival of Antonio Cesti’s Il Tito under the direction of baroque specialist Alan Curtis. The performance was broadcast throughout Europe both on radio and television, and led to a series of predominantly European engagements. Ms. Magarò then accepted a position as principle soloist at Opernhaus Halle in Händel’s birthplace. There she sang a variety of roles ranging from Violetta to Mélisande, Tatjana, Vitellia, and Queen of the Night. She also sang nearly 75 performances as Maria in West Side Story, a role which she sang and acted to great acclaim.
She has sung in concert and opera performances throughout Europe and for many years enjoyed a particularly close association with the city of Prague where she is regularly called upon as a guest in its beautiful opera houses.
Born in California to an Italian family, Alexis Magarò is completely bilingual. Following her engagement at Opernhaus Halle, she free-lanced from Paris, thereby making her perfectly at ease speaking and singing both German and French in addition to her two native languages.
Alexis Magarò resides in Chicago, Illinois. For information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org