Alexandra Rigazzi-Tarling was born in Surrey, England. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she gained a BMus and MMus performance degree. She then went on to complete the Guildhall Opera Course. In 2003 Alexandra sang with the Glyndebourne Chorus for the summer festival and completed her training at the Zurich Opera House in 2004 where she was a member of the International Opera Studio.
Alexandra’s operatic experience includes; Susanna from Handel’s Susanna at the Guildhall in which she received excellent reviews, her debut at the Zurich Opera House as Die Dame in Die Zauberflöte für Kinder, La Baronessa in Rossini’s La Pietra Del Paragone in the Zurich Opera House Studio Bühne, Il Palazzo Ducale in Genova, the Theatre du Jorat in Mezieres, Switzerland, and Fortuna in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at St. John’s Smith Square in London.
Alexandra has performed extensively in the UK and around Europe as an oratorio soloist with works including Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, the Mozart C minor Massand Haydn Nelson Mass conducted by Sir David Willcocks, Beethoven Mass in C with the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland conducted by Paul McCreesh and the Vivaldi Gloria in Aveiro, Portugal.
Recital work has taken Alexandra to venues such as The Mansion House in London, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and the Duomo in Imperia in Italy, the World Summit Meeting in Davos Switzerland and Salurinn concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. Alexandra has also given guest solo recitals on Cunard and Swan Hellenic cruise liners touring South America and Asia.
On moving back to the UK in 2010 after living in Italy for five years, Alexandra trained as a Sound Therapist with the College of Sound Healing in the UK and now runs a practice teaching singing and working as a Sound Therapist. She frequently gives talks and workshops on the subject of Singing Therapy, a system of exercises which Alexandra devised that work on focusing the breath and releasing the voice. She uses these techniques to work with people with special needs such as Asperger’s Syndrome, speech disorders such as stuttering, as well as those suffering from stress and anxiety, muscle spasm disorders such as Dystonia and post stroke paralysis. Alexandra most recently gave a workshop on Singing Therapy for the National “Living with Dystonia Day” for the Dystonia Society UK in London.