Alyssa is a dynamic and versatile director, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Based in both New York and Boston, Alyssa integrates her deep understanding of dance, classical voice, and theatre into a distinct style that has been seen in her work across the country.
Upcoming projects include a cabaret of world music in December 2019 and directing a double bill of Stravinsky’s Mavra and Renard with Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood Project in March 2020.
Most recently, Alyssa finished an apprentice directorship with Opera NEO in San Diego, California. While there, Alyssa directed several scenes in the NEO Cabaret, including the infamous Cell Block Tango from Chicago, with “aptly aggressive” choreography, and “Per piacere alla signora” from Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, which was praised for its “cleverly designed” staging. Her choreography and assistance in the “compelling” mainstage production of Eugene Onegin culminated in a show that held its own in comparison to “potent memories of Lyric Opera Chicago’s early 1980s production of Eugene Onegin with Mirella Freni as Tatyana and Nicolay Ghiaurov as Prince Gremin.”
In 2018, Alyssa was Assistant Director at the Crested Butte Music Festival for their production of Verdi’s Falstaff. As a choreographer, she has collaborated with opera companies in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Arkansas, on productions including Cendrillon, Pirates of Penzance, Rigoletto, Salsipuedes, and Il Postino. Alyssa is currently on faculty with the Brookline youth theatre Artbarn. As part of the Rafters directing team, she has choreographed productions of Newsies, Shrek, The Addams Family, and Just So, in addition to original productions.
Alyssa is a dynamic cross-over performer, with both operatic and musical theatre credits. In Spring 2019, Alyssa performed in Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s production of Billy Elliot (u/s Mrs. Wilkinson) and served as Dance Captain. Previously at SRT, she performed as the glamorously antagonistic Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre. Reviews stated: "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."
In Boston, Alyssa performed the roles of Elizabeth in composer Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature and Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Opera del West, and performed as Alice (covering Countess Adele) in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory and as Naiad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera. She 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.
Other favorite roles include Tess Goode (The Sisters Rosensweig), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Skokànek (Příhody lišky Bystroušky), First Priestess (Iphigénie en Tauride), Cunegonde (u/s, Candide), Fire (u/s) and Nightingale (L’enfent et les Sortilèges), Clorinda (Cinderella), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Woman 1 (Songs for a New World), and Sarah Brown (Guys & Dolls).
Alyssa’s concert work at world-renown Trinity Church Boston includes a recital of Love & Madness as part of the Saint Andrew’s Singer Series in 2018 and a performance as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah in 2017. Alyssa also performed as a soloist in Schubert’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Gabrielis as part of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra’s Winner’s Concert, in fulfillment of winning their Collegiate Vocal Competition. Other major works include Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai and Paukenmesse. In 2018, she was awarded an honorable mention in the 34th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition.
Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music. While at NEC, she studied under Dr. Ian Howell and focused on issues at the intersection of women’s health and the singing voice. Alyssa’s passion for healthy singing is the foundation for her voice studio.
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