Alexis Davis Hazell

Biography

American mezzo-soprano Alexis Davis-Hazell is an active performer and experienced teaching artist in the Southwest United States and on the international opera stage, having performed in upwards of seventy productions of forty-one different operas and musicals in six languages. Her performances have earned accolades for the size and quality of her instrument, and the dramatic intensity she brings to character.

Alexis has participated in more than one hundred and twenty performances of The Gershwins’ masterwork Porgy and Bess since 2008 in a variety of capacities, from chorus to principal roles, including the roles of Maria, Lily and Strawberry Woman in houses throughout Germany, Russia, Poland, Greece, Latvia, Switzerland and North America. These include critically acclaimed performances and debuts at the Dresden SemperOper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Mikhailovsky Opera in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Polish National Opera of Warsaw, the Kuressaare Operadays Festival in Estonia, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Along with the critically acclaimed production of Show Boat, she also performed in Porgy and Bess at San Francisco Opera – both directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by John de Main and shown in US cinema release, while marketed internationally on DVD and shown nationally on PBS.

A native of Philadelphia living in Tempe, AZ with her husband, bass Earl Hazell, Alexis holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University and graduate degrees — a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance / Pedagogy, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance — from Arizona State University. A National Association of Teachers of Singing representative on the national membership committee and Advisor to its Phoenix, AZ Chapter Executive Board, she continues research focused on the development of curricula for Russian lyric diction and art song literature studies tailored to beginning Anglophone singers (based on an innovative application of the principles of clinical phonetics) while serving on the voice faculties of Grand Canyon University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

While covering Amneris (Aida), Azucena (Il trovatore), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and other principal roles for numerous productions at Arizona Opera, Alexis continues an opera and concert performance schedule with regional companies. These include the Southern Arizona Symphony, the Arizona Pro Arte Orchestra, and Utah Festival Opera, where she continues to perform a variety of roles, including Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Mme de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and High Priestess (Aida). She has recently performed Giovanna in Rigoletto for Arizona Opera, and La Frugola (Il tabarro) & La Badessa (Suor Angelica) for the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre production of Puccini’s Il Trittico. Her recent concert soloist appearances since contributing to the GRAMMY-award winning album Gretchaninov: Passion Week with the Phoenix Chorale include the Mark Hayes Te Deum with the Sing Phoenix! Festival, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Arizona State Symphony, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Chandler Symphony and Scottsdale Philharmonic.

Repertoire

OPERA/THEATER REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company Year
Gershwin Serena (cover) Porgy and Bess Fort Worth Opera 2019
Puccini La Frugola Il tabarro Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater 2016
Puccini La Badessa/La Zia Principessa (cover) Suor Angelica Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater 2016
Kern Queenie (cover) Show Boat Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater 2016
Puccini La Frugola, La Zia Principessa Il tabarro & Suor Angelica Opera Distillery 2015
Gershwin Maria Porgy and Bess Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico 2014
Puccini Una Lattivendola La bohème Arizona Opera 2014
Verdi Azucena (cover) Il trovatore Arizona Opera 2013
Verdi Amneris (cover) Aida Arizona Opera 2012
Puccini Suzuki (cover) Madama Butterfly Arizona Opera 2011
Mascagni Santuzza (cover) Cavalleria Rusticana Palacio de Bellas Artes 2014
Puccini La badessa/La Zia Principessa (cover) Suor Angelica Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra 2011
Verdi Annina La traviata Phoenix Opera 2011
Puccini Ancella di Turandot Turandot Arizona Opera 2011
Mozart Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte Phoenix Opera 2012
Mozart Donna Elvira Don Giovanni Southern Arizona Symphony 2010
Bizet Carmen (cover) Carmen Phoenix Opera 2009
Verdi High Priestess/Amneris (cover) Aida Phoenix Opera 2009
Gershwin Maria/Lily/Strawberry Woman Porgy and Bess Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Dresdner SemperOper, Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), Theater 11 (Zurich), Hamburgische Staatsoper 2008-09
Gershwin Maria Porgy and Bess Saaremaa Opera Festival (Kuressaare), Latvijas Nacionālā Opera 2008
Gershwin Maria (cover) Porgy and Bess Theatr Weilki Opera Narodowa (Warsaw), Badminton Theatre (Athens), Moni Lazariston Festival (Thessaloniki) 2008
Verdi Ines Il trovatore Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater 2007
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Bellini Adalgisa Norma
Cilea Princesse de Bouillon Adriana Lecouvreur
Delibes Mallika Lakmé
Donizetti Léonòr de Guzman La favorite
Donizetti Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor
Dvořak Ježibaba Rusalka
Gounod Marthe Faust
Gounod Gertrude Roméo et Juliette
Humperdinck Gertrud, Witch Hansel und Gretl
Kern Queenie Show Boat
Mascagni Lola, Mamma Lucia Cavalleria Rusticana
Massenet Hérodiade Hérodiade
Mozart Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart Second Lady, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte
Offenbach Voice of Antonia’s Mother Les contes d’Hoffmann
Poulenc Mme de Croissy, Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites
Puccini Wowkle La fanciulla del West
Puccini La Ciesca, Zita Gianni Schicchi
Purcell Sorceress Dido and Aeneas
Rodgers & Hammerstein Nettie Fowler Carousel
Strauss Klytämnestra, Third Maid Elektra
Strauss Herodias Salome
Tchaikovsky Filippyevna, Mme Larina Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky Countess, Governess Pikovaya Dama
Verdi Eboli Don Carlo
Verdi Dame Quickly Falstaff
Verdi Preziosilla La forza del destino
Wagner Ortrud Lohengrin
Wagner Erda, Flosshilde, Wellgunde Das Rheingold
Wagner Fricka, Grimgerde, Siegrune, Waltraute Die Walküre
Wagner Flosshilde, Second Norn, Waltraute Die Götterdämmerung
Wagner Magdalena Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner Kundry Parsifal
Wagner Brangäne Tristan und Isolde
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Christmas Oratorio
Bach Mass in B minor
Bach St. John Passion
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Bernstein Songfest
Bernstein Symphony No. 1
Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Bruckner Te Deum
Duruflé Requiem
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Elgar Sea Pictures
Fauré Requiem
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Haydn Paukenmesse
Hayes Te Deum
Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mahler Das Klagenlied
Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler Rückert-Lieder
Mahler Symphony No. 2
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Mahler Symphony No. 8
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore
Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death
Mussorgsky Sunless
Prokofiev Alexandr Nevsky (in Russian)
Ravel Shéhérazade
Rossini Messe Solennelle
Rossini Stabat Mater
Schönberg Gurrelieder
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria
Vivaldi Magnificat

In The Press

IL TABARRO

“Alexis Davis Hazell’s vocal talents are also impressive in the indelibly memorable role of Frugola in “Il Tabarro.” – Charlie Schill, The Herald Journal

DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES

“[Alexis] Davis’ death scene in Act One was remarkable for its truthfulness. Davis infused every sung phrase with fear and trembling at the imagined sight of her end.” – Ken La Fave, The Arizona Republic

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