Soprano Alice Pierce is a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth as Instructor of Voice and Director of Opera Studio. Having received a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, she served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and the North Carolina School of the Arts, and, in addition to concert and opera engagements, was a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist twice.
In 1992, she and her family moved to Germany, where she became a full-time soloist with the Brandenburg Staatstheater Cottbus, as well as a guest artist in many other cities in Germany, Poland, and Italy. She averaged almost 100 performances a year in opera, operetta, musical, and concert, with highlights such as 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.
Ms. Pierce taught voice and directed opera as a member of the voice faculty at Western Michigan University from 2005 through 2012. An active member of NATS and NOA, she has had many students win local, state, and regional competitions. Ms. Pierce was most recently seen as a soprano soloist in The Arrowhead Chorale- UMD St. Matthew Passion, Lyric Opera of the North’s 3rd Act Violetta in La Traviata, and with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Upcoming engagements include Carmina Burana with the DSSO.
Recent productions as a stage director at UMD include Die Fledermaus, The World of the Moon, Street Scene and The Magic Flute. Three opera scenes presentations include Bedtime Opera Stories, The Doctor Is In, Opera Fatale, and this spring’s Stargait!