Born in Montreal from a French family, Alexandra Deshorties studied at the Marseilles Conservatory, continued her education at the Manhattan School of Music then entered the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program where she graduated and made her House debut as the High Priestess in Aida. She appeared then on that stage as Elettra in Idomeneo, Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Donna Anna in a new production of Don Giovanni and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, all of which were conducted by James Levine. She also performed on that stage as Musetta in La Bohéme and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Other opera engagements have included Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the San Francisco Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Cincinnati Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Palau de las Artes in Valenci; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Gstaad Festival and the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Elettra in Idomeneo for Houston Grand Opera; Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro; Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with Seattle Opera; the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Portland Opera Repertory Theater; Violetta in La Traviata at the Arizona Opera, Valentine in Les Huguenots at the Bard Festival, Desdemona in Otello and Juliana Bordereau in The Aspern Papers for Dallas Opera.
She has worked with conductors such as David Atherton, Janick Nezet-Seguin, Edward Gardner, Daniel Harding, Rene Jacobs, James Levine, Marko Letonja, Steven Lord, Daniele Rustioni, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Michael Stern and Patrick Summers.
Alexandra Deshorties has also performed selections from Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été, Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, and vocal music by Anton Weber with Maestro Levine and the Met Chamber Ensemble in Weill Recital Hall. She gave her recital debut at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
Among her recent and future engagements, the title role in Medea at the Glimmerglass Festival and the Grand Theater de Geneve, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux at the Welsh National Opera, Juno in La Calisto in Cincinati, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Oslo, Giulia in La Vestale at La Monnaie in Brussels, the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride in Lisbon and Norma in Geneve, Bard of Germany / Queen of the Wood in the world-premiere of Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis at Welsh National Opera and ROH Covent Garden, two new Elisabeth at Theater an der Wien, in Elisabeth Queen of England and in Maria Stuarda, the Italian debut in the Medea from Cherubini to Pasolini at the Macerata Festival, the title role in Gloriana and the foreign Princess in Rusalka at Real de Madrid, La voix humaine at Sao Carlos in Lisbon, the debut as Lady Macbeth and Tosca in the USA and as Madame Lidoine in Les dilaogues des Carmelites at the Teatro Regio in Turin.