Described as a “voice of rich warmth and youthful elegance”, American soprano Mary-Alexandra Onstad is a versatile performer of opera, musical theatre, theatre, oratorio, art song and more. Mrs. Onstad graduated in May 2010 with her Graduate Diploma in Voice and Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Karen Holvik and coaching with Jean Anderson-Collier.
Mrs. Onstad has been seen on many stages including MassOpera, Odyssey Opera, Cambridge Cambridge Ensemble, Greater Worcester Opera, Longwood Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Conservatory Opera Theatre, New England Light Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Providence Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, as well as many different performances within Germany, Austria, England, and Italy, including performances with the Frieberg Opera Theatre during her summer contract in 2007.
Mrs. Onstad is a passionate advocate for outreach within schools, nursing homes, and in her community. While completing her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Onstad sang in schools with the outreach team of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. While studying at New England Conservatory in 2009, she performed a holiday quartet with three colleagues at schools, nursing homes and other venues.
A performer of great determination, Mary-Alexandra has participated in many prestigious opera programs, such as the Berkshire Choral Festival (2003) as a student scholarship winner in Santa Fe, NM, the Bay Summer Opera Theatre Institute in San Francisco (2005), Oberlin in Italy Opera Festival in Urbana (2004), University of Miami at Salzburg, Austria (2003), and Saltnote Stageworks Opera Festival (2008).
Recent roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, the Vixen in Jancek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel to name a few. Mrs. Onstad received her Master of Music in Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory and her Bachelor of Music in Voice at Concordia College-Moorhead, MN. She currently studies with Canadian Baritone, Michael Meraw and coaches with Timothy Steele. She has coached previously with Nathan Troup, Mikhail Hallak, Michael Strauss, and Daniel Wynman as well as Tanya Blaich for NEC’s Liederabend Series.
Mary-Alexandra teaches voice and beginning piano and is the Administrative Coordinator at North End Music and Performing Arts Center and serves as the Director of Individual Gifts and Sponsorships for MassOpera( formally MetroWest Opera).