Alice Pierce, soprano
Soprano Alice Pierce is a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth as Instructor of Voice and Director of Opera Studio. She received a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Indiana University.
She and her husband John spent 12 years Germany where she was full-time soloist with Staatstheater Cottbus. She averaged almost 100 performances a year in opera, operetta, musical and concert. Some of the highlights of her career there include the roles of Olympia in the Tales of Hoffmann, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Maria in West Side Story, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. She also performed in many other cities in Germany, as well as in Poland and Italy.
Early in her career, she served on the faculty at University of North Carolina-Wilmington and North Carolina School of the Arts. During these years, she was a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist twice, singing often in concert and opera. Mrs. Pierce was a member of the voice faculty at Western Michigan University from 2005 through 2012, teaching voice and directing opera. She is an active member of NATS, and has had many students win local, state and regional competitions.
Ms. Pierce was most recently seen as soprano soloist with Western Illinois University Symphony in Gorecki's 3rd Symphony, Madame Frou-Frou in Lyric Opera of the North's Les Uncomfortables, and Giovanna in Rigoletto. She also is a faculty member and performing artist with the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival.
Most recent directing productions at UMD include Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, Dido and Aeneas, Suor Angelica and The Marriage of Figaro. Opera scene presentations include Bedtime Opera Stories, The Doctor Is In, Opera Fatale, Antics Road Show, and Stargait! Upcoming opera productions are Susannah and The Turn of the Screw.