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 performed with the Melbourne Pops Orchestra in BBC Planet Earth II at the Melbourne Convention Centre; and, with soprano Jenna Roubos, Alexandra participated in the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song, during which she performed alongside pianist Dr Graham Johnson OBE and participated in masterclasses with Stephen Varcoe. Other recent highlights include appearances as alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (St Ambrose, Brunswick, 2017), Reinhard Keiser’s Weihnachtsoratorium (St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, 2017), and Handel’s solo cantata La Lucrezia(Peninsula Summer Music Festival, 2018). In 2016 Alexandra was awarded an inaugural scholarship to sing with the Melbourne Bach Choir, and toured China with the Australian International Opera Company, performing the role of Dritter Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Also in 2016 Alexandra premiered Melbourne composer Andrew Anderson’s song cycle In Black Ink, which is now available on CD and Spotify, and via download on iTunes. Other premiere performances include creating the role of ‘Sister Teresa’ in Luke Cummins’s opera Timor (2015) and ‘Toy sailor’ in Na’ama Zisser’s opera Black Sand (2013). In 2013 Alexandra premiered Joel M. Baldwin’s Bow and Baleno for soprano, guitar, percussion, viola, and cello at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.
In 2019 Alexandra will give the premiere performance of a song cycle by Hugh Crosthwaite at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and, in Adelaide and Melbourne, will premiere a new song cycle by Andrew Anderson.
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.