Moldova born and Berlin native mezzo-soprano Alexandra Ionis studied at the Berlin Universität der Künste and the Milan Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi and was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where she was taught by Renata Scotto among others.
Already during her studies she took part in Aribert Reimann's opera Melusine/Pythia at the Berlin UdK under Errico Fresis and Frank Hilbrich.

Since then, her love of contemporary and modern music has been demonstrated numerous times, including Widmann's Babylon and Reimann's Gespenstersonate/Mumie at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Britten's Death in Venice under Donald Runnicles and Graham Vick at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berg's Wozzeck/Margret at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia under James Gaffigan, and the two world premieres Die Schneekönigin (Tischlerei der Deutschen Oper Berlin) and Subotnik (Neuköllner Oper) by the composer Samuel Penderbayne.
In addition, she sang in the world premiere of Péter Eötvös' opera Sleepless at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with revivals in Geneva and Budapest and could recently be heard in a staged project with music by Zimmermann (director: Calixto Bieito) with the Gürzenich Orchestra under the direction of François-Xavier Roth at the Philharmonie Köln and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Other opera engagements in recent seasons include Roßweiße in Die Walküre under the direction of Stefan Reck at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and under Juraj Valčuha at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Il viaggio a Reims/Maddalena and Il trovatore, both under Giacomo Sagripanti at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Maddalena at the Dresden Semperoper, Annina/Der Rosenkavalier at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (Simone Young/André Heller), as well as Annina/Rosenkavalier, Ulrica/Un ballo in maschera and Marcellina/Le nozze di Figaro at the Chemnitz Opera House.

Her concert repertoire includes works by Pergolesi, Bach, Rossini, Verdi, Mahler, Shostakovich, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

Highlights of the previous season were Schwertleite in the new Ring production at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (director: Dmitri Tcherniakov) under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann and Thomas Guggeis, the revival of the popular production Die Schneekönigin at the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the world premiere of the children's opera Robin Hood (M. dall'Ongaro) at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, in which she sang the role of the Nurse.

Projects in the 2023/24 season include revivals of Die Walküre at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Il viaggio a Reims and Die Schneekönigin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as the new production of Elektra/1st Magd (director: Philipp Stölzl) with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Kirill Petrenko in Baden-Baden and in concert at the Berlin Philharmonie. Further, Ionis can be heard in concert performances of Zimmermann's Die Soldaten/Stolzius' Mutter with the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth (director: Calixto Bieito) in Cologne, Hamburg and Paris.

As of this season, Ionis is a member of the ensemble at Theater Bielefeld, where in her first season she can be experienced as Anaide in Leoncavallo's Zazà, Mrs Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, and in the mezzo part in Verdi's Requiem, among others.

Alexandra Ionis is a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Society since 2018.


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Christmas Oratorio
Mahler Symphony no 3 (alt solo)
Rossini Petite messe sollenelle (alto solo)
Verdi Messa da Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen Carmen*
Britten Death in Venice Beggar / 4th alto
Donizetti La Favorite Léonor de Guzman*
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Santuzza*
Mozart Die Zauberflöte 3rd Lady
  La clemenza di Tito Sesto
  Le nozze di Figaro Marcellina
Penderbayne Die Schneekönigin Räubertochter, Prinzessin, Lappin
Reimann Gespenstersonate Die Mumie
  Melusine Pythia
Rossini Il viaggio a Reims Maddalena
Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila Dalila*
Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Annina
  Die Ägyptische Helena Elfe
Verdi Aida Amneris*
  Il trovatore Azucena*
  Un ballo in maschera Ulrica
Wagner Die Walküre Fricka*
  Tannhäuser Venus
Widmann Babylon Septette
Zimmermann Die Soldaten Stolzius‘ Mutter

*in preparation




Die Soldaten / Philharmonie de Paris /
28.01.24 /

"On retrouve le timbre moelleux et riche d'Alexandra Ionis en Mère de Stolzius à gosier fort souple"

Die Soldaten / Philharmonie de Paris / 19.01.2024 /

"impressionnent par leurs graves profonds et leur présence scénique confondante"  

Die Soldaten / Kölner Philharmonie / 19.01.2024 /

"großes Bühnentemperament"  

Wozzeck / Palau de les Arts / 30.05.2022 /

"la brillante Margret de Alexandra Ionis"  

Wozzeck / Palau de les Arts / 28.05.2022 /

"Alexandra Ionis va encarnar una excellent Margret" 

Wozzeck / Palau de les Arts / 27.05.2022 /

"A tono con el sobresaliente nivel general [...] la vacilona y calentona Margret de Alexandra Ionis."  

Un ballo in maschera / Oper Chemnitz / 03.12.17 /

"Überzeugend war auch Altistin Alexandra Ionis" 

Un ballo in maschera / Oper Chemnitz / 03.12.17 /

"sorgt für Gänsehautmomente" 

Un ballo in maschera / Oper Chemnitz / 03.12.17 /

"Wie leicht, oder wie glänzend kommt rüber, was doch so schwer zu singen ist" 

Un ballo in maschera / Oper Chemnitz / 02.12.17 /

"das Profil eines sehr gut entwickelten Mezzosoprans" 

Der Rosenkavalier / Opernhaus Chemnitz / 08.10.17 /

"mit einem voluminösen Mezzo" 

Gespenstersonate / Werkstatt der Staatsoper Berlin / 28.06.17 /

"mit mächtigem Mezzo und enorm fokussiert" 

Gespenstersonate / Werkstatt der Staatsoper Berlin / 27.06.17 /

"l'excellente Mumie d'Alexandra Ionis" 

Gespenstersonate / Werkstatt der Staatsoper Berlin / 26.06.17 /

"mit bemerkenswerter Stimmkraft und emotionaler Präsenz" 

Mahler 3. Sinfonie / Kurhaus Bad Bevensen / 05.01.17 /

"Makellos die Mezzosopranistin" 

Die ägyptische Helena / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 09.04.16 /

"fußflinke und schön singende Solistinnen" 


Impressionistic dystopia in Cologne, Hamburg and Paris
The audience can expect an extremely interesting and extraordinary evening when the renowned Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and a large ensemble of soloists bring Bernd Alois Zimmermann's dystopian music theatre work "Die Soldaten" into the concert hall!
In co-operation with the Cologne Opera and the director Calixto Bieito, a concept was developed which, according to the director himself, is to be seen more as an "installation" than a staging in the conventional sense.

Under the musical direction of General Music Director François-Xavier Roth and with Tómas Tómasson (Wesener), Alexandra Ionis (Stolzius' mother) and Miljenko Turk (Haudy) as part of the ensemble, among others, the extraordinary production can first be experienced on 18 January 2024 in the Cologne Philharmonie, followed by performances in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (21 January) and the Philharmonie de Paris (28 January)
More information about the production: 
New ensemble member at Theater Bielefeld!
As of the current season, Alexandra Ionis is a member of the ensemble at Theater Bielefeld and will be on stage in her first production as an ensemble member on October 15th!
For the first time she will embody Anaide in Leoncavallo's opera "Zazà" in the acclaimed production by Nadja Loschky with GMD Alexander Kalajdzic conducting.

All performance dates:
15/18/27 October as well as 2 November and 12 December, 2023

In addition, Ionis can be heard singing the mezzo part in Verdi's Requiem, also under Alexander Kalajdzic and with the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Choir and the Oratorio Choir of the City of Bielefeld.

The two concerts will take place on 10 & 12 November, 2023

Once again she will end the year at Deutsche Oper Berlin, again taking on four roles in the revival of the celebrated Tischlerei production of "The Snow Queen" (composer: S. Penderbayne).

Dates: 01/02/03/04/07/08/09/10/11/14/15/16/17/18 December, 2023

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