Alyssa is a dynamic soprano based in Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired by an amazing summer at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute singing in the Young Artist Vocal Program in 2010, Alyssa completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2014 at the University of Houston with the Moores Opera Center. She returned to Boston and graduated with her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory, where she focused on issues at the intersection of women's health and the singing voice.
Upcoming projects include performances of new and old operas through April. Alyssa will sing the role of Elizabeth in Opera del West's production of composer Matthew Aucoin's new opera Second Nature: an environmental fable that describes our earth in 100 years. In April, Alyssa will sing the role of Alice and cover Countess Adele in Lowell House Opera's production of Rossini's timelessly comedic Le Comte Ory.
Alyssa competed this month in the 34th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition, and received an Honorable Mention. Last year, she performed as Morgana in Opera del West's production of Handel's Alcina in August. She soon after made her professional musical theatre debut in Seacoast Repertory Theatre's production of Jane Eyre the following September, performing as the glamorously antagonistic Blanche Ingram. Reviews state: "The performers are collectively an embarrassment of riches" and "Alyssa Weathersby, as Blanche, makes it easy for you to hiss at the character, every bit the mean girl, with a strong soprano voice."
While at NEC, Alyssa sang under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord as First Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride in 2015. She later performed as Skokànek in Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen) and developed the role of Fury 1 in the workshop production of REV. 23 which premiered in Boston in September 2017, written by librettist Cerise Jacobs and composed by Julian Wachner. Outside of NEC, Alyssa recently sang in Lowell House Opera’s production of Ariade auf Naxos as Naiad, in which her singing was praised as “lovely” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer.
A love for languages led Alyssa to minor in Italian at UH and spend seven weeks at a German immersion program in Vermont in 2016 – Middlebury’s German for Singers. There, she took classes, ate meals, had weekly coachings, and performed a pastiche opera (Das Serail, in which she sang Blondchen’s repertoire from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail) exclusively in German.
As the 8th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition's winner in 2016, Alyssa performed Michael Haydn’s Missa Sancti Gabrielis and Schubert’s Magnificat with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra. She is also an active member of the small ensemble, Carr Consort, performing early works by composers such as Josquin, and sang as a soloist with the Zachow Consort and Players in Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai in 2014. Alyssa covered the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Mercury Houston in 2013.
Other favorite roles include Cunegonde (cover, from Candide with Emerald City Opera), Fire (cover), and Nightingale (both from L’enfant et les Sortileges, Emerald City Opera), Clorinda (Cinderella, Opera in the Ozarks), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto, Moores Opera Center), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte, Moores Opera Center), Lucinda (Into the Woods, Opera in the Ozarks), Woman 1 (Songs for a New World, Aside Productions), and Sarah Brown (Guys & Dolls, DLP Productions). Alyssa also enjoys straight theatre, appearing as Tess Goode in the play The Sisters Rosensweig at America’s oldest community theatre, The Footlight Club.
Alyssa’s talents for teaching voice and creating original choreography have resulted in a thriving private voice studio and choreography engagements in the Greater Houston and Greater Boston areas. She recently choreographed Rising Star Productions' summer musical theater intensive, as well as the Lower Barn productions of Summer at The Barn with Artbarn Community Theatre. Last Fall, Alyssa choreographed their Rafters Company's production of The Addams Family and is currently working with the young actors on Just So.
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