Lyric Soprano Alexandra Kosachukova Babbel, being the only American-born member of her family, has approached her music with a great sense of privilege. Her German mother and Ukranian father met and married in a displaced persons' refugee camp after fleeing the Stalinist terror in Ukraine and later immigrated to the US where Ms. Babbel was born.
Ms. Babbel's opera career in Chicago included the title role in the World Premiere production of Philip Hagamman's opera The Aspem Papers and roles with the Lincoln Opera and the Milwaakee Opera Company in Puccini's La Boheme, performing both the roles of Mimi and Mussetta. Ms. Babbel has enjoyed Operatic and Concert Solo performances in Canada, Germany, England, Switzerland, Holland, Italy and solo concert tours in Russion and Ukraine. In addition to training with teachers Galina Vesnevskaya and Kathleen Kaun, and Vocal Coaches John Wustman and Joan Domaman, Ms. Babbel sang in Master Class for Maureen Forrester and Elly Ameling.
Alexandra Babbel holds a BA in Choral Music Education from the University of Michigan, a MA in Opera Performance from the University of Alberta, and Post-Masters Certificate Performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She held the faculty position of Voice Department Head at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, before relocating to Canada.