Classical Soprano, Alexandra Hazard first performed on stage from a very early age; training in singing, dancing and acting. She has been involved in a variety of performances including concert works, theatrical plays, devised theatre, musicals, operetta and opera, as well as performing numerous solo recitals.
Alexandra’s musical career began at the tender age of three years old when she would frequently appear in dance and light entertainment shows in her local community. After showing a keen interest and much promise throughout her school years she went on to attain a BA (Hons) Music & Theatre degree from The University of Hull; studying with Sarah Rhodes (AGSM).
Following university, local East Midlands company, Trent Opera, was a particular influence in her early career. With this company she was encouraged to sing as part of the chorus in a UK tour of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and The Mikado; performing in major concert halls in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester with a principal company of professionals as part of Raymond Gubbay productions. Following this, Alexandra was offered principal stage roles at the Buxton and Harrogate International Festivals for a number of years where her performances were credited by acclaimed adjudicators. Glittering reviews shortly followed in 2015 when Alexandra sang the role of ‘Yum-Yum’ in The Mikado as part of The People’s Theatre Company at Nottingham Arts Theatre.
Alexandra began her Post Graduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London in the autumn of 2015 under the tutelage of Professor Teresa Cahill (LRAM AGSM) and vocal coach Helen Yorke. Opera scenes roles included ‘Virtú’ in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, ‘Dorinda’ in Handel’s Orlando and also involvement in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, all at Blackheath Halls, London. Alexandra was then cast in Trinity’s summer opera Banished, a commissioned piece by composer Stephen McNeff, based on Steve Gooch’s play Female Transport. The piece, directed by Elaine Kidd and conducted by Jessica Cottis, ignited a new love in Alexandra for contemporary opera.
Alexandra started her second year of Post Graduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in September 2016 as a Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholar. Opera roles included ‘Pamina’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and ‘Echo’ in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Alexandra was also privileged enough to be selected to sing in a masterclass and concert lead by the Jette Parker Young Artists from the Royal Opera House under the supervision of David Gowland.
Alexandra was thrilled to make her debut with The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in 2016 to fabulous reviews. She also sang as a soloist in the Opening Gala Concert for the annual Harrogate Festival at Harrogate Royal Hall with full orchestra, conducted by David Steadman. She renewed her contract with The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company every summer since and returns for her sixth season this year- COVID permitting!
Since graduating, Alexandra took the lead role of ‘Maria’ in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at Buxton Opera House under the direction of Paul Kerryson and musical director Mark Goggins to much acclaim.
She recently performed the role of ‘Cousin Hebe’ in HMS Pinafore with Charles Court Opera on the famous Cutty Sark, no less, which was a wonderfully thrilling experience for her.
As a well-known Gilbert & Sullivan soprano, Alexandra continues to add to her vast repertoire and has virtually performed every leading lady role over the fourteen operettas.
Showing her diversity, Alexandra’s true love has always been classic musical theatre and currently learning from one of the best soprano’s in the business; Rebecca Caine, she hopes to perform even more of this in future.