Biography

Praised by The New York Times for her “gracefully shaped vocal lines,” The Washington Post for her “confident and penetrating account of line” and The Albany Times Union for her “dead-on surety of pitch and attractive tone,” Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto, is equally at home performing new music and established repertoire. Knussen has also premiered works at festivals in the U.S. and U.K.

 

As a featured soloist, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bach in Baltimore, Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, Washington Bach Consort,

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and Tanglewood Festival Chorus at venues including the Snape Maltings, Symphony Space and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. Her operatic roles include Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Alte Nonne in Sancta Susanna, Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible and Florence Pike in Albert Herring. Knussen is a seasoned ensemble singer performing regularly with the Choir of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Chantry Early Music and her own ensemble, hexaCollective.  

Sonya teaches at Severn School, Severna Park and the High School Performing and Visual Arts magnet program in Anne Arundel County. She was the first ever director of the SING DC choral outreach program and preparatory classes for the Children’s Chorus of Washington, and has been a vocal animateur for projects with English National Opera and the BBC Proms.
 
Media experience includes blind direction of cameras throughout live performances at Elliott Carter’s Centenary Celebrations at Tanglewood, serving as producer for recordings of Carter's Boston Concerto and Cello Concerto, a music assistant on recordings of works by August Read Thomas, Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze and researcher for Sounds from the Big White House for BBC 4, as well as score-reader for LWT/Channel 4’s series on 20th-century orchestral music with Simon Rattle entitled Leaving Home.



Sonya Alexandra Knussen is Artistic Director and Founder of vocal ensemble hexaCollective.​​

Sonya Alexandra Knussen

CONTRALTO
UPCOMING EVENTS
2019-2020
17

OCT

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HINDEMITH SANCTA SUSANNA 

Marin Alsop, conductor

Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano
Renée Morloc, contralto
Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto
Women's Voices of Peabody Opera
Kateryna Sokolova, director

 Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 

1212 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Thursday, October 17, 8:00pm

20

OCT

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HINDEMITH SANCTA SUSANNA 

Marin Alsop, conductor

Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano
Renée Morloc, contralto
Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto
Women's Voices of Peabody Opera
Kateryna Sokolova, director

Music Center at Strathmore 

5301 Tuckerman Lane 

North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

Sunday, October 20, 3:00pm

26
OCT

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE 

Attending Shadwell Opera’s production of Oliver Knussen’s fantasy opera composed in collaboration with Maurice Sendak 

Alexandra Palace Theatre

Alexandra Palace Way

London, N22 7AY

 

Saturday, October 26, 3:00pm

2

NOV

AND PEACE AT LAST:

CONCERT FOR ALL SOULS

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Crypt Church

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Avenue NE

Washington, DC 20017

 

Thursday, November 2, 7:00pm

 

Broadcast Live on the EWTN, Facebook and YouTube

6

DEC

BNSIC

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine Christmas Concert 2017

Upper Church,

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Avenue NE,

Washington, DC 20017

 

Friday, December 6, 7:30pm

10

DEC

A TRIBUTE TO

OLIVER KNUSSEN

Attending the LA Philharmonic's tribute to Oliver Knussen curated by Susanna Malkki and Leia Josefowicz

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 

 

Tuesday, December 10, 8:00pm

Additionally the LA Philharmonic 

performs Oliver Knussen's

Violin Concerto with violinist Leila Josefowicz and conducted by Susanna Malkki on December 6, 7 and 8. 

24/25

DEC

BNSIC CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Michigan Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 

 

Tuesday, December 24, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 25, 12:00pm

Broadcast Live on the EWTN, Facebook and YouTube

5

JAN

THREE KINGS: 
MUSIC FOR THE MAGI

 

Chantry

St. Bernadette's Church

70 University Blvd, E

Silver Spring, MD 

Sunday, January 5, 3:00pm

1

MAR

THE PURCELL SCHOOL AT SOUTH BANK

Attending and working with

The Purcell School for the following concerts:

Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road

London, SE1 8XX

Purcell Room:

Sunday, March 1, 11am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

 

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Sunday, March 1, 7:30pm

30

MAY

MONTEVERDI'S VESPERS

 

hexaCollective performs Monteverdi's Vespers at the Ware is the Music concert series 

Ware Episcopal Church

7825 John Clayton Memorial Highway
Gloucester, VA 23061

Saturday, May 30, 7:30pm

15

JUNE

BACH IN BALTIMORE RECITAL

Short solo recital set in a concert presented by the Bach in Baltimore concert series.

Mercy Ridge, MD

Monday, June 15, 7:30pm