Alexandra Mena, mezzo-soprano, was born in San José, California to Argentine-Italian parents. She made her Davies Symphony Hall debut as Elizabeth Bennet in excerpts of Kirke Mechem’s new opera Pride & Prejudice, with the San Francisco Choral Society. As a result of this collaboration, she had the privilege of having Kirke Mechem in attendance, as she performed his song cycle Three Songs of Parting at San José State University's Concert Hall. Alexandra has also appeared as Lady Bertram in the West Coast Premiere of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Alexandra's other roles include Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Maman/Tasse Chinoise/ Libellule in L'enfant et les sortilèges, and Carmela in La vida breve.
In concert, she has performed works such as Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Respighi's Il Tramonto, De Falla’s El amor brujo, C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Solennes de Confessore, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and The Creation, Carson Cooman’s A Kingdom of Justice, and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music.
Alexandra was the recipient of the Milton Mosk and Thomas Foutch Scholarship Award at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance. She was also awarded the Charlene Archibeque Choral Endowment Scholarship Award at San José State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree, also in vocal performance.
"Braiding their voices through 'Deposuit potentes'...mezzo-soprano Alexandra Mena and tenor Brian Thorsett grew luminous, a highlight of this 'Magnificat.'"
Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News
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