Billings native Alissa Rose’s
multi-faceted career has taken her around the United States and abroad. She
recently completed her Doctor of Music Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor, and currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has appeared several
times with Rimrock Opera, singing Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Die
Fledermaus), and the Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and has been seen in
concert with the Billings Symphony, singing Haydn’s Creation and in the
2007 Symphony in the Park concert. Ms. Rose spent three years in Germany, where
she sang at the State Theaters in Osnabrück, Münster, and Bielefeld, as well as
singing with the West German Radio Chorus. Roles she has performed include
Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Frasquita (Carmen), Célie in
Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, Belinda and the First Witch in Dido and
Aeneas, Esmeralda in Prodaná nevĕsta (The Bartered Bride),
Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), the Sand Man and Dew Fairy (Hänsel
und Gretel), and Berenice in L’occasione fa il ladro (Rossini). Her
performance of Célie in Signor Deluso was released on Albany Records in
Modern music has played an important role in Ms.
Rose’s career, and she has sung roles in three world premieres of operas. She
made her Carnegie Hall debut last year as a soloist with the American Composers
Orchestra in the world premiere of Myrrha, by Kristin Kuster, and has
premiered or sung second performances of many modern song cycles, including
music composed for her. She sang with Ensemble Horizonte, a contemporary
music ensemble, while in Germany, and has sung with Oberlin Contemporary Music
Ensemble and the Oberlin Wind Ensemble in modern works. Her concert appearances
have included many earlier works as well, such as Handel’s Messiah and
Israel in Egypt, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and the Haydn Little
Organ Mass and Creation. She has appeared as a soloist with such
diverse ensembles as the American Composers Orchestra, BachWorks, the Billings
Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony, and the Bielefelder Philharmonie.
A Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms.
Rose has been a finalist in several competitions.
Ms. Rose holds degrees from the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College (Biochemistry), the Shepherd School of
Music at Rice University, the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, in Germany, and the
University of Michigan.
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