Mezzo-Soprano Alexandra Beley was Dorabella in the company’s first production, Cosí fan tutte in 2011. Alexandra has since gone on to join Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program and is currently with the Atelier Lyrique, Opéra de Montréal. Alexandra is very prolific on Twitter and you can follow what she’s up to @alexandrabeley.
Above: Co-Conspiritors Alexandra Beley as Dorabella (left), Rosanna Murphy as Fiordiligi (middle) and Kate Applin as Despina (right) in Cosí fan tutte (2011). Photo: Gene Wu
1. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario (To be fair, I grew up in Etobicoke… Some people have issues with the Toronto borders).
2. Where do you currently live?
I am currently living in Montreal, Quebec!
3. What’s your favourite MYOpera memory?
I was a part of the inaugural performance with MYOpera, so it’s a bit of a blur! The whole performance feels like it maybe happened in a dream!
4. What role did MYOpera play in your career/life?
MYOpera was really the first time in Toronto where I had the chance to perform a full role as a professional. I learned what it was like to be a lead in a production and what the physical demands are of an opera singer!
5. What have you been doing since MYOpera?
I’ve been very busy since MYOpera! I finished my masters (at Opera School), had my first year out of school where I auditioned for YAPS, I completed a year in the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists program, and now I’m in Montreal, in my second year with L’Atelier Lyrique! This sounds kind of glamorous, but it definitely comes with moments of homesickness!
6. What’s your favourite opera (to watch/listen to)?
Questions like these always frustrate me. I love music, so because of that I have many favourites. A suppose a current favourite would be Madama Butterfly. But, I’m also totally in love with Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte…. This question isn’t fair, there are too many.
7. What’s your guilty pleasure song (any genre)?
I’m partial to “Call me maybe”, although, I don’t really feel guilty about it. Also, I definitely loved “A Party in the USA”.
8. Traveling is always an adventure! What’s your favourite/most memorable travel experience?
My favourite travel memories come from a trip I took to Europe with two close friends. I’ll never forget how I first saw the Eiffel Tower, how I got lost in the Latin Quarter, or my first taste of a macaroon from Ladurée!
9. Do you have a signature dish/meal that you make? Tell us about it!
I love to cook! It’s how I like to decompress after a long day. I’ve been told my chilli and my red velvet cupcakes are my signature dishes (but, I love cooking/baking everything!).
10. Singers/Artists are busy people! What’s your favourite snack when you’re on the go?
I’m pretty bad with remembering to snack when I’m super busy, but what you can normally see me noshing on while I’m on break at work is normally bananas, apples, and trail mix. That being said, my all time favourite snack is a bag of Dutch Crunch Creamy Dill Chips. Apparently, you can go to the factory in New Brunswick and put the seasoning on the freshly deep fried chips #vacationgoal