Alice TEYSSIER, soprano
Flutist and 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,” Alice’s mission is to share lesser-known masterpieces and develop a rich and vibrant repertoire that reflects our era.
Alice was recently featured on a San Diego Symphony Masterworks concert; James Chute of UT San Diego wrote that her performance of Faure’s Requiem and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras “commanded your complete attention.” Mark Swed of the LA Times called her “an arresting soprano, in all senses” for her world premiere performance of Rolf Riehm’s chamber oratorio 'Pasolini in Ostia'.
This season, Alice is on tour with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Los Angeles, San Diego and will be a mainstay of the group’s residency at the Ojai Festival. She plays the music of Chaya Czernowin and Bernard Rands on Miller Theatre's portrait concert series and returns to the Monday Evening Concerts twice this season with music by Ramón Lazkano and Lewis Nielson. As a vocal soloist, Alice will join the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in a new work by Aaron Helgeson and will be singing the role of Maddalena in Händel's 'La Resurrezione’ with the Bach Collegium San Diego. Alice is thrilled to be working collaboratively through residencies at Long Island University, the Abrons Arts Center and Lee University.
A uniquely gifted advocate for new music, Alice seeks out collaborations with composers to develop unique and transcendent works for the flute and for the singing voice. She has given residencies for composers and performers of new music at such universities as Harvard, Leeds, Huddersfield and SUNY- Buffalo. She has premiered numerous pieces on the historic Monday Evening Concerts series in Los Angeles. In 2008, Alice 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; she has since presented modern operas by Viktor Ullman and Anthony Davis.
Ms. Teyssier is also devoted to historically informed and technically sound performances of early music. She performs regularly with the Bach Collegium San Diego, the Pacific Bach Project and is a core member of the Musical Oratory. In Europe, her chamber ensemble La Perla Bizzarra was invited to the Händelfestspiel in Göttingen (Germany). In her choice of dramatic cantatas from the 17th and 18th centuries, Alice has been praised for her “dark, wide-ranging” voice and “expressive coloratura”.
The Australian-born musician has lived in France, the United States and Germany and continues to perform on all continents. She has earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM, MM Opera Theater), the Conservatoire de Strasbourg (Specialization Diploma) and is currently in the dissertation phase of the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of California-San Diego, where she studies with Susan Narucki.