Elissa Alvarez

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Noted by the Boston Globe for her “intensely lyrical” singing, soprano Elissa Alvarez is an equally enthusiastic interpreter of recital, concert, and operatic repertoire spanning early music to works of the twenty-first century.

Recently on the concert stage, Alvarez portrayed the voice of Anne Frank in James Whitbourn’s Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, a work she previously interpreted with Coro Allegro of Boston. Other highlights of last season include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Gounod’s Petite messe solennelle, and an all-Piazzolla concert for the Keiser Concert Series with Ensemble Porteño.

    In recital, Alvarez frequently performs with composer-pianist Benjamin Warsaw, specializing in the interpretation of twentieth-century song and works by Warsaw written specifically for her. She also maintains a regular collaboration with saxophonist Jennifer Bill in the performance of contemporary chamber music, including works by Lori Laitman, Frank Ticheli, John Plant, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. She is a core member of the Handel and Haydn Society Period Orchestra and Chorus, led by Harry Christophers, CBE.

Alvarez is deeply devoted to the study and performance of Latin American art song. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts studies at Boston University with her dissertation and lecture recital, “Pride, Place, and Identity: Jaime León’s Transcontinental Exploration of Identity Through Art Song,” a study of the art songs of Colombian composer Jaime León. She can be heard on CORO and Advent Press labels.

Operatic highlights include the title role in the premiere of Ketty Nez’s chamber opera The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia with the Xanthos Ensemble, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Anunciata in Bolcom’s Lucrezia, as well as Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and La Princesse inL’enfant et les sortilèges. She was the 2009 recipient of the Rosalind Jackson PhD Memorial Award at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado and a two-time award winner at in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition.

Alvarez completed her Doctor of Musical Arts studies at Boston University with her dissertation and lecture recital, “Pride, Place, and Identity: Jaime León’s Transcontinental Exploration of Identity Through Art Song.” She can be heard on CORO and Advent Press labels.