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 the 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 has been seen in many LOON productions: as Violetta (4th Act) in La Traviata, Madame Frou-Frou in Lyric Opera of the North’s Les Uncomfortables, and Giovanna in Rigoletto. DSSO appearances include soprano soloist in Carmina Burana, Mozart’s C minor Mass, and 2018 Home for the Holidays concert. She also is a faculty member and performing artist with the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival.
Directing productions at UMD include Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, Dido and Aeneas, Suor Angelica, Le nozze di Figaro, Susannah, and The Turn of the Screw. Opera scene presentations include Bedtime Opera Stories, The Doctor Is In, Opera Fatale, Antics Road Show, and Stargait! UMD Opera Studio 2020 productions include The Old Maid and the Thief and The Impresario.