Mezzo-soprano Alex Hetherington is in her first year of residency in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and is quickly establishing herself as a skilled interpreter of operatic and concert repertoire, with a specialty in contemporary music. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and in recent years has won a Dora Mavor Moore Award, the UTSO Concerto Competition, and the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song.
Operatic credits include Mercédès in Carmen (Canadian Opera Company), Riley in R.U.R. A Torrent of Light (Tapestry Opera), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen in La tragédie de Carmen (UofT Opera), Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann (Toronto City Opera), Juno in Semele (Toronto Lyric Opera), as well as The House in Tapestry Opera’s cast recording of The Rocking Horse Winner, which made its premiere on CBC Music’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Alex has also given recent concert performances with Toronto Summer Music (Fellow, Beyond Borders), Canadian Art Song Project (dawn always begins in the bones), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Tilly, The Bear).
In addition to collaborating with and interpreting the music of composers of our day, Alex is herself a composer, with works performed in concert by ensembles such as the Gryphon Trio and members of Esprit Orchestra. She also has an interest in musicology and is completing a research-creation project funded by SSHRC examining art song performance practice through the lens of modern gender theory. Upcoming performances include Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as singing the role of the Slave in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome.