Alexandra Mathew holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and has completed studies in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, London. Recently, Alexandra premiered Andrew Anderson’s song cycle Songs of Sleep at the Pilgrim Church in Adelaide; Hugh Crosthwaite’s song cycle Metamorphoses at the Melbourne Recital Centre; performed with the Melbourne Pops Orchestra in BBC Planet Earth II at the Melbourne Convention Centre; and participated in the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song, for which she performed alongside pianist Dr Graham Johnson OBE. Other recent highlights include appearances as alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Reinhard Keiser’s Weihnachtsoratorium, and Handel’s La Lucrezia; and a tour of China with the Australian International Opera Company.
Other premiere performances include the Australian premiere of Ola Gjieilo’s Dreamweaver; Andrew Anderson’s song cycle In Black Ink; the roles of ‘Sister Teresa’ in Luke Cummins’s opera Timor and ‘Toy sailor’ in Na’ama Zisser’s opera Black Sand; and Joel M. Baldwin’s Bow and Baleno at the National Gallery, London. Alexandra’s recording of In Black Ink was nominated as one of the best classical CDs of 2018 at Readings. In 2016 Alexandra was awarded an inaugural scholarship to sing with the Melbourne Bach Choir, and she has been the recipient of scholarships from the Opus 50 Trust and prize winner at the Diamond Valley, Warragul, and B’nai B’rith eisteddfods.
Alexandra is also a musicologist, and has completed a Master of Music (Musicology) at the University of Melbourne, researching Benjamin Britten’s music for Kathleen Ferrier. Her writing has appeared in Australian Book Review, Context musicological journal, Limelight, CutCommon, and Collections magazine.