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Alison Pearce

Alison Pearce has a distinguished international career as a soprano soloist in oratorio, opera and recital.  She appears with the world's leading conductors and orchestras at major venues and festivals as well as broadcasting for radio and television in many countries.  She is the artistic director of summer schools for singers in Tuscany and Burgundy and an Emeritus vocal professor of the Royal Academy of Music.

Oratorio engagements have taken Alison to choral societies throughout the UK as well as to Symphony Hall Birmingham with Sir David Willcocks and the English Chamber Orchestra to sing Bach's St Matthew Passion; to the Royal Festival Hall to sing Penderecki's Te Deum with the Bach Choir and Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer; to the Barbican and York Minster for performances of Verdi's Requiem; to the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester for Poulenc's Gloria and Elgar's The Light of Life, conducted by Dr Donald Hunt; to Snape Maltings with Crouch End Festival Chorus to sing Ethel Smyth's Mass in D and songs by Alma Mahler, Paul Patterson's Te Deum with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Hereford Cathedral; and the world première of Patterson's Hell's Angels with Crouch End Festival Chorus, the Brodsky Quartet, and Striking Sounds at the Barbican.  She has also visited Belgium, Holland, France, Norway, Poland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Greece and Spain, to appear in opera, oratorio and recital.

Concert engagements include several recital tours of the Far East and regular performances at major festivals in Brighton, Cheltenham, Worcester and Hereford Three Choirs, as well as Flanders, Spain, Norway, France, Israel and Poland.  Alison has also had the pleasure of touring Spain with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, singing Handel's Messiah throughout France and Britten's War Requiem in the Netherlands.  Other highlights in the UK are performances of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs in London, Elis Pehkonen's Russian Requiem with the Bach Choir and Sir David Willcocks, and William Mathias’s Lux Aeterna at the Three Choirs Festival with the RLPO conducted by Dr Roy Massey.

Her major operatic prima donna roles include those in Tosca, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Fidelio, Aïda, Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Elsa in Lohengrin and Elizabeth in Tannhäuser.  She has worked for the English National Opera, at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and, for the Dublin International City of Culture celebrations she sang the title role in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, which she repeated in Israel with the role of Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Her career in Italy culminated in a revival of Monteverdi's opera Orpheo e Eurydice in which she sang Eurydice.

Alison's operatic work also features four recordings of leading roles for the BBC in their 20th Century Britannia at the Opera series.  She sang Lady Eugenie Jowler in Nicholas Maw's The Rising of the Moon and the Goddess Diana in Arthur Bliss’s The Olympians with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Steuart Bedford and Martyn Brabbins, as well as the title role in Josef Holbrooke's Bronwen and Rankle, Gray and Hart’s Deidre with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by James Lockhart and Barry Wordsworth.

Highlights have included many 20th century British works, notably Britten’s War Requiem, Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits, as well as first performances of two works written for Alison by Sarah Rodgers. She was also invited to sit as one of the judges for the Vocal Category of the British Composers Awards in association with BBC Radio 3.  More recently Alison has appeared as guest artist with the Alberni String Quartet singing the music of Bach, Purcell and Chausson, in Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and The Hogarth Society’s Celebration in Covent Garden. She has starred in Side by Side by Sondheim and Diva Cabaret as well as giving celebrity recitals and master-classes throughout Europe. Her recording of French Songs by Chausson, Duparc, Satie and Messiaen was released on the Wichman label.

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Concert Review
An Evening with the Diva

Sheer excellence was the order of the day as three internationally distinguished artists graced the stage at Grimsby Town Hall for the annual concert series ‘An Evening with the Diva’.

Soprano Alison Pearce, Professor in the vocal department of the Royal Academy of Music, performs worldwide in opera, oratorio and recital. She is well-known in Grimsby for winning the first Great Grimsby International Singing Competition.

Resplendent in a red silk gown edged in ivory, she gave a magnificent performance throughout the challenging programme, which covered an enormous range of styles, emotions and techniques.