Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Dinwiddie grew up in London and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. She holds a BA Hons in Music from the University of Bristol as a singer and cellist, representing the university in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition, and attended the Morley Opera School in London under Alice Farnham. Alexandra currently studies with Elizabeth McCormack at the RCS with the generous support of the Freemen of the City of Norwich.
This year Alexandra has performed the roles of Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with St Paul’s Opera and Olga (Eugene Onegin) with Edinburgh Studio Opera, and in December 2019 she will sing Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) at the Drayton Arms Theatre with Opera in the Meantime. Her other operatic roles include Maurya (Riders to the Sea) with Morley Opera and the Brandenburg Sinfonia, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) with Microscopera, and Pitti Sing (The Mikado) with Grosvenor Light Opera Company in London and at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate.
At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Alexandra performed various roles in scenes including Florence Pike (Albert Herring), The Secretary (The Consul), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), all directed by Nicolette Molnar. Her other scenes include Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto), Shadow Marnie (Marnie) and The Witch (Into The Woods) at Oxenfoord International Summer School, title role (Giulio Cesare) with Opera Bamba and title role (Carmen), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and Third Maid (Elektra) with Morley Opera.
Alexandra’s chorus work includes Jeremy Sams’ The Enchanted Island with British Youth Opera, Jonathan Dove’s The Day After with RCS Opera in collaboration with English National Opera, ensemble for Agrippina with RCS Opera, Mosquito and chorus for The Cunning Little Vixen with Co-Opera Co., and a toured production of La Bohème in Palestine with the Choir of London. Prior to her undergraduate studies Alexandra sang for an extended season at the National Theatre in their acclaimed production of Coram Boy directed by Melly Still.
A regular concert soloist and recitalist, Alexandra’s recent highlights include the world premiere of Edwin Hillier’s Dhātu at Glasgow Cathedral Festival 2019, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with EUMS Sinfonia at Greyfriar’s Kirk, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and the Duruflé Requiem with Reading Haydn Choir, Handel’s Messiah Part II with The Kilbarchan Singers, Vivaldi’s Gloria with Kelvin Choir, a gala concert of Music from the Movies with Glasgow Orchestral Society at the RSNO Centre, and recitals for The Cathedral of the Isles and St Michael and All Saints, Edinburgh.