Alexandra Flood, soprano and Alex Raineri, pianist
“An excellent duo” – Limelight Magazine
Victorian soprano, Alexandra Flood, and Brisbane pianist, Alex Raineri, first began their collaboration at the 2015 Bangalow Music Festival in rural NSW where they performed a piano quintet arrangement of Richard Strauss Lieder. The two young musicians discovered a shared love of Strauss and the German Lied and formed the beginning of an exciting Australian-made partnership. Since that time, Alex and Alex have performed in many settings across Australia and internationally. Described as “appearing to have a psychic connection” by Stage Whispers, the pair is recognised for their magical synchronicity, as well as their versatility across the numerous genres and languages of the art song repertoire. Alex and Alex were the first Australian duo ever to be selected for participation in the 2018 International Hugo Wolf Art Song Competition in Stuttgart. Following this success, the duo toured to regional Victoria to appear in recital at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival where they gave the Australian premiere of Franco Alfano’s Sette Liriche. Alex and Alex then appeared at two sold-out recitals with Opera Queensland, receiving a 4.5 star review from Limelight Magazine.
The duo has a passion for bringing lesser-known works to Australian audiences, as well as representing Australian compositions in their programming. Raineri has personally commissioned several Australian works by composers and has performed more than 129 world- and Australian premieres.
Their repertoire includes art song by F. Schubert, R. Schumann, H. Wolf, A. von Zemlinsky, R. Strauss, H. Sommer, C. Debussy, G. Fauré, L. Boulanger, M. Ravel, G. Rossini, F. Alfano, S. Rachmaninoff, A. Dvořák, K. Szymanowski, G. Ligeti, P. Grainger, P. Glanville-Hicks, T. Adès, J. Heggie, J. Hétu and many others.
“Under Raineri’s fingers the piano tickles the ears with its own melodies, complete and individual, while Flood’s vocal maturity masterfully handles the complex operatic dynamic of their repertoire. The voice and the piano move apart, then come together, with the combination of pianistic and vocal dexterity like two brooks that flow in and out of each other on their shared journey.” – Brisbane Stage
“Not only is her voice angelic, Flood embodies the characters and emotions of the works so skilfully, you don’t need to understand the German or Italian librettos… Raineri’s piano playing is outstanding. He too puts great emotion into his interpretations of each piece. He makes what is obviously the result of hours of training and a bucketload of talent look as effortless as breathing.” – Stage Whispers
“Selections from Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch were given a strong performance, and it’s clear that Flood and Raineri make an excellent duo with, rapid vocal melismas being caught perfectly by Raineri.” – Limelight Magazine
See the duo’s interview at the International Hugo Wolf Competition.
Alex Raineri’s Website: alexraineri.com
For more information on the duo’s upcoming appearances, please see Schedule.