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Keri Alkema

  • Mezzo-Soprano
  • Soprano

Biography

As a mezzo-soprano, Keri Alkema was heard as Charlotte in 'Werther' (Chautauqua Opera), Rosina in 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' (Sarasota Opera), Zulma in 'L'italiana in Algeri' (Opera di Treviso), Suzuki in 'Madama Butterfly' (New York City Opera), Erika in 'Vanessa' (Chautauqua Opera), and Meg in 'Little Women' (Skylight Opera) under the direction of Mark Adamo. While a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera, Ms. Alkema sang Clotilde in 'Norma', Alisa in 'Lucia di Lammermoor', Flora in 'La traviata', and Angelina in 'La Cenerentola'. As Angelina, the Washington Post claimed that “she sang the role as well as I have ever heard it done, with a particularly electrifying Non più mesta.” Also at Washington National Opera she has performed Contessa di Coigny ('Andrea Chénier'), Madeleine Lee in 'Democracy' by Scott Wheeler, and the Second Lady ('Die Zauberflöte').


On the concert stage, Ms. Alkema has worked with such notable conductors as Plácido Domingo, Emmanuel Villaume, Ricardo Frizza, Heinz Fricke, Antony Walker, and Ann Manson. She has also been soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Tuscon and Virginia Symphonies, as well as Mozart's Requiem with the Delaware Symphony. A frequent recitalist, Ms. Alkema is currently on the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which sponsored her New York recital debut. She has done many residencies with the Foundation including recitals in Oberlin, Ohio, Winter Park, Florida, Brownville, Nebraska, and for the Art Song of Williamsburg concert series.


Ms. Alkema has been a member of several prestigious young artist programs including the Santa Fe Opera and the Music Academy of the West, under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne. She has also been the recipient of prizes from the George London Foundation, Opera Index Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, and Loren L. Zachary National Voice Competition.