We are delighted to welcome back again this year, soprano Alison Pearce as our 2019 Vocal Adjudicator. Alison Pearce is of Celtic origin and has a distinguished international career as a soprano soloist in opera, oratorio 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 was a vocal professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London (1996-2010) and is presently the artistic director of European Summer Schools for Singers in Tuscany, Burgundy and Cambridge, UK. She has also given master-classes and lectures for Birkbeck College in their series in association with the Royal Opera House, with regular invitations to visit other universities and conservatoires around the world.
Alison Pearce possesses a vast and varied portfolio of work in opera, oratorio, recital, musical theatre and chamber music repertoire. She is in constant demand throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the USA, and as a solo recitalist with piano as well as with harp and also with chamber ensemble. She is also immensely proud of her three Celtic CD’s for the Hyperion Label and looks forward tremendously to adjudicating in Limerick and Leith Hill during Spring 2018.
Her major operatic prima donna roles include those in Tosca, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Fidelio, Aïda, Ariadne auf Naxos,as well as Faust. 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 Manon Lescaut by Puccini, directed by Stephen Daldrey, 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, while in the Netherlands she was particularly commended for her performance of Leila in Les Pecheurs de Perles.
Her appearances in Opera Galas in Hong Kong, the Philippines, the Middle East, Greece, Belgium and the UK reveal her versatility in arias from Mozart to Wagner as well as in a Last Night of the Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and in Krakow with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In addition she has starred in “Side by Side by Sondheim” and her own “Diva Cabaret” which has been enjoyed in London’s West End and many areas of England and Europe.
Festival engagements include regular performances in Brighton, Cheltenham, Kingston, Worcester and Hereford Three Choirs, Llandaff, St David’s, Swansea, Hexham Abbey as well as in Flanders, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Poland, Spain and The Netherlands. Alison has also highlighted the pleasure of touring Spain with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, singing Handel’s Messiah throughout France, Britten’s War Requiem, Bach Passions and the B Minor Mass in Germany and the Netherlands as well as Verdi Requiem at the Concertgebouw.
Recent celebrity recitals have taken her to Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the USA and U.K. in repertoire ranging from Handel through Schubert, R. Strauss, Chausson, Messiaen, Satie, Britten, Sondheim and Weill.
She has given first performances of chamber works written especially for her by Roger Beeson, Dominic Muldowney, Paul Patterson, Sarah Rodgers and Rhian Samuel, and appeared as a guest artist with the Alberni String Quartet, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brodsky Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Sinfonietta, and Solaris Quartet, in works ranging from Finzi ‘Dies Natalis’ and Britten ‘Les Illuminations’ through Bach Matthäus Passion, Mozart ‘Exultate Jubilate’ to Wagner ‘Wesendonck Lieder’.
Alison also collaborates regularly with the eminent art historian Robin Simon in celebrations of 18th century visual art and song with the Hogarth Society’s birthday celebration in Covent Garden, Music and the Monarchy at Villa Decius in Cracow, The Life and Work of Thomas Jones for Swansea Festival, and Handel, Hogarth and the London Musical World for the Royal Academy and The People’s Festival as well as the Paul Mellon lectures at the National Gallery being some of the most recent.