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Alice Teyssier, Soprano

Lyric soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. Hailed as possessing a voice with “unusual depth,” Ms. Teyssier’s mission is to share lesser-known masterpieces with a wider audience.

Ms. Teyssier was recently featured on a San Diego Symphony Masterworks concert; James Chute of UT San Diego wrote that her performance of Fauré’s Requiem and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras “commanded your complete attention.” She was praised for her “strong, committed performance” in Kallisti’s production of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, an opera written in a concentration camp and the cause for the composer’s eventual demise.

This season, Ms. Teyssier will be heard twice on the historic Monday Evening Concerts series in Los Angeles, performing the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Rolf Riehm in April. The month of February takes her to Europe for a portrait concert of Baroque composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre in the Netherlands and a concert and residency with percussionist Jonathan Hepfer at the University of Huddersfield in England. She will play the role of Jenna in Anthony Davis’ new opera Lear on the Second Floor and is the featured soloist in Elliott Carter’s A Mirror on which to Dwell with the Ensemble Palimpsest in May.

A uniquely gifted advocate for new music, Ms. Teyssier collaborates tirelessly with young composers to create new works for the singing voice. In January, she sang in a “triumphant” performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at Disney Hall with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. She has given residencies for composers and performers of new music at such universities as Harvard, Leeds, Huddersfield and SUNY-Buffalo. In 2009, she sang the US premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s La perfezione di uno spirito sottile on the Monday Evening Concerts. In 2008, Ms. Teyssier was “haunting” in the United States premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s opera Lost Highway, after the David Lynch film, at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.

Ms. Teyssier is also devoted to historically informed and technically sound performances of early music. Her chamber ensemble “La Perla Bizzarra” was invited to the Händelfestspiel in Göttingen (Germany) in 2010. In her choice of dramatic cantatas from the 17th and 18th centuries, Ms. Teyssier has been praised for her “dark, wide-ranging” voice and “expressive coloratura” (Pforzheimer Zeitung.)

The Australian-born singer has lived in France, the United States and Germany and continues to perform on all continents. Also a professional flutist, she has earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM, MM Opera Theater), the Conservatoire de Strasbourg (Specialization Diploma) and is currently a candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California – San Diego, where she studies with the Grammy-winning soprano Susan Narucki.