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“Only You”, Bernstein and Sondheim’s West Side Story

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Alexandra Silber

Soprano

Alexandra Silber is hailed for her fiery and moving performances on theatre and concert stages, big and small screens. She made her San Francisco Symphony début as Maria (opposite Cheyenne Jackson) in an historic, first-time concert presentation of West Side Story under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, which was accompanied by the first full symphonic recording that was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Opera News exclaimed: “Alexandra Silber sounds simply gorgeous as Maria. Her performance is thoughtful, naturally phrased, tremulous with emotion, and colored with a natural shimmer that sounds luscious and communicates directly.” She subsequently performed on the 57th Grammy® Award broadcast with her co-star Cheyenne Jackson, before returning to the San Francisco Symphony for their 2015 Opening Night Gala in a salute to Broadway, where she performed an array of favorites including excerpts from My Fair Lady opposite Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Gunn, and Stephanie Blythe.

Mar
2016

Mar-14
The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim
Soloist
Alice Tully Hall
New York, NY
Jun
2016

Jun-20
Arlington: World Premiere Recording Release
Soloist
Birdland
New York, NY
Mar
2017

Mar-14
to
Apr-02
Murder on the Orient Express
Countess Andrenyi
McCarter Theatre Center
Princeton, NJ
Jul
2017

Jul-04
After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by “Fiddler on the Roof”
Author
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… the audience has no trouble believing…
 Fiddler on the Roof  – “Tzeitel, here played by Alexandra Silber, tends to traditionally (see what I did there?) come off as the quieter, less fiery sister compared to Hodel. But this Tzeitel is undeniably her mother’s daughter, standing up for herself, and brow-beating Mottl into standing up for both of them. As they set off for America, the audience has no trouble believing that this is a Tzeitel who will make certain her husband (the only one among them with a transferable, professional skill) will quickly find work on the Lower East Side of New York City. First doing piecework, then in a factory and, eventually, with his own shop (why not his own factory?).” – Blogher 
…simply gorgeous…
 West Side Story – “Alexandra Silber sounds simply gorgeous as Maria. Her performance is thoughtful, naturally phrased, tremulous with emotion, and colored with a natural shimmer that sounds luscious and communicates directly. Silber and Jackson really connect, too; their stretch of dialogue when Maria and Tony meet at the gym is convincing and thoroughly gripping. In “Tonight,” they weave musical-theater magic. Silber eases slowly and tentatively into the beginning, as a young girl might, while Jackson’s more headstrong Tony drives the tempo forward. When they sing in unison, her silken legit soprano and his bright theatrical tenor meet in a sweet spot in the middle, and the deal is sealed. Their transfixing “One Hand, One Heart” is even better: it has historic, ageless weight. The vocals are pure and perfect, and with Tilson Thomas’s supremely controlled pacing, time seems to have stopped.”– Opera News
…musically lustrous performance…
 Arlington – “Sara Jane is flawlessly portrayed by the gifted singer Alexandra Silber. Ms. Pen’s carefully written but unobtrusive music, and Mr. Lodato’s well-sketched portrait of a young woman beginning to question the beliefs she’s been raised with, are certainly nicely integrated; the music and lyrics mirror each other in mood perfectly. Ms. Pen’s music follows the wanderings of Sara Jane’s mind dutifully and with agility. Ms. Silber gives an impressive, confident and musically lustrous performance. Her soprano has a bright, blooming sheen.” – The New York Times 
…stand-out of the evening…
Kiss Me, Kate“Alexandra Silber, leading the cast as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine, was the stand-out of the evening. Critically acclaimed for her recent performance as Maria in the San Francisco Symphony’s West Side Story, Silber brought a similar range and passion to this part. Her “I Hate Men” had the audience gasping and applauding by turns, her “So In Love” was tender and touching, and the way she threw flowerpots at Davis’s head was truly magnificent.”New Statesman 
…rich and clear soprano voice…
West Side StoryAlexandra Silber is the definitive Maria. Her rich and clear soprano voice is so nice to come home to. It is the pure sound of Classic Modern – ringing and open, free of dull commercial trends. Alexandra’s rendition of “I Feel Pretty” is the jewel in the crown of this exquisite recording. Throughout the scene with her friends at the dress shop – she conveys Maria’s innocence, her simple glee over a new frock, and the blossoming passion she feels for a pretty wonderful boy.” – The Huffington Post
Alexandra Silber is hailed for her fiery and moving performances on theatre and concert stages, big and small screens. She made her San Francisco Symphony début as Maria (opposite Cheyenne Jackson) in an historic, first-time concert presentation of West Side Story under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, which was accompanied by the first full symphonic recording that was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Opera News exclaimed: “Alexandra Silber sounds simply gorgeous as Maria. Her performance is thoughtful, naturally phrased, tremulous with emotion, and colored with a natural shimmer that sounds luscious and communicates directly.” She subsequently performed on the 57th Grammy® Award broadcast with her co-star Cheyenne Jackson, before returning to the San Francisco Symphony for their 2015 Opening Night Gala in a salute to Broadway, where she performed an array of favorites including excerpts from My Fair Lady opposite Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Gunn, and Stephanie Blythe.

Recently, Silber published the first book in a two-book deal with Pegasus Books, After Anatevka, which follows the story of the character Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof after the events of the musical. Silber has received great press about her novel, interviewed by popular publications like NPR and BroadwayWorld. The other, White Hot Grief Parade, is a memoir that discusses the loss of her father and will be published in 2018.

Silber recently returned to Broadway to play Tzeitel in the 50th Anniversary Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher, which earned her a nod in the AM New York Article “Breakout theater stars 2016: Who is the next Lin-Manuel Miranda?”. She previously played Hodel in The Sheffield Crucible’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, and its subsequent West End transfer. She joined Fiddler on the Roof director Lindsay Posner once again, portraying Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. She received tremendous critical acclaim and received Great Britain’s TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical. The International Herald Tribune raved: “Silber has a creamy soprano that puts one in mind of Broadway’s Audra McDonald. Her dark, burnished looks convey the very reserves attributed to Julie that, presumably, will help see this bereaved mother through an early widowhood. In a city lacking genuine musical stars, Silber by rights is poised to be one.” Most recently, she performed the role of Countess Andrenyi in Murder on the Orient Express at the McCarter Theatre Center.

Alexandra made her Broadway début alongside Tony Award-winner Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally’s Master Class directed by Stephen Wadsworth with Manhattan Theatre Club, garnering a nod from Backstage as one of the great theater performances of 2011, after performing in the same production at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Other favorite U.S. theatre engagements include her Ovation-nominated portrayal of Julie Jordan in Carousel for Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles; (under the artistic directorship of Jason Alexander); a Drama League Award-nominated performance as The Young Wife in the Transport Group’s Revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again; a run as Jenny Cavalleri in the North American Première of Love Story the Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia; Eliza Dootlittle in My Fair Lady at The Muny in St Louis opposite Anthony Andrews, directed by Marc Bruni, to critical acclaim. and returned to New York in a highly-acclaimed Off Broadway run of Arlington – a new one-woman musical at The Vineyard Theatre, earning her an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote: “Ms. Silber gives an impressive, confident and musically lustrous performance. Her soprano has a bright, blooming sheen.” She subsequently recorded the 2016 World-Prémiere Recording for Broadway Records, accompanied by a release concert at the famed Birdland club in New York City. Opera News raved of the recording: “Her commitment is absolute…Silber’s performance allows Arlington to achieve the overwhelming emotional power and complexity that are inherent in the work.”

Silber regularly graces concert and cabaret stages internationally. In 2016, she performed on the gala concert The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim with Broadway royalty including Patti LuPone, Cynthia Erivo, and Judy Kuhn. She made her Carnegie Hall début singing the role of Nina in a concert performance of Song of Norway with the Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra, followed by an appearance with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, marking the first time a musical had ever been presented at this venue. Alexandra appeared on the concert stage at Disney Hall in Los Angeles in Andrew Lippa’s oratorio I Am Harvey Milk as the soprano soloist, before appearing in the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall as Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra to extensive critical acclaim.

She débuted two of her solo cabarets entitled “London Still” and “Ex Libris,” at the esteemed New York nightclub Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency and was honored to be a part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series at The Kennedy Center. Her solo concert “The Land Where the Good Songs Go” premiered at Feinstein’s at The Nikko in San Francisco, after she made her Detroit Symphony Orchestra début in Pulitzer-Prize-winning David Del Tredici’s World Première of Dum Dee Tweedle.

Alexandra made her feature film début in Stephen King’s 1408 starring John Cusack and has also appeared as a Guest Star on three branches of the Law & Order series (SVUCriminal Intent and the original). She also made her playwriting début with Dutch Kills Theatre and The Hangar Theatre, both which produced her adaptations of Greek tragedies Antigone and Trojan Women.

Silber is an alumna of the esteemed Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating with the coveted Young Artist Award, and continued her training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Acting. She is currently a Professor of Acting at Pace University.

 

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