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. 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.
Other roles include Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, the 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, her solo work includes 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 Noel, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Solennes de Confessore, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Bach’s Magnificat, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, 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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