Alize Francheska, a coloratura soprano “displaying profound imagination and control” (Philadelphia Inquirer), is building a diverse and exciting performance career as a classical soprano with a "superb voice" (Harrogate News), and acclaimed interpreter of new music, supplying "deliciously diva performances" (I CARE IF YOU LISTEN).
Her recent engagements include the role of Zina in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters with Opera Fayetteville, Soprano Soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Soprano Soloist in Mozart's Missa Solemnis under the baton of Gregory Geehern of the Princeton Festival, with PMSA, Nicole in Jason Cady's modulated synth-accompanied Candy Corn with Experiments in Opera at the Flea Theatre in NYC, the role of Zina in the world premiere of Meira Warshauer's Elijah's Violin at the Presidio of San Francisco, under the baton of Jonathan Khuner and direction by Yefim Maizel, George Crumb's Apparition at the Annenberg Center to celebrate the composer's 90th birthday, and several more world premieres. Following several cancellations due to Covid-19, she pivots into the digital era with the role of Zerlina in a virtual production of Don Giovanni, with Subito Concert Opera.
Alize recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall performing as soprano 1 soloist in Berio's Sinfonia, in Pierrot Lunaire at the Kennedy Center with Curtis 20/21 ensemble in her own original text adaptation, and created the roles of Lila in Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain in workshop, as well as Andy 1 in Andy: A Popera, premiering at Opera Philadelphia and reprising at Seattle Symphony's [untitled 3] series. For more information about past performances and awards, please visit Alize's Presskit.
The virtual performance era, sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic, inspired Alter Ego Chamber Opera to convert their production of Mosaic of Modern Opera to an entirely virtual setting. The premiere took place on September 19th, 2020, and featured five brand new opera works by the winners of their Spring call-for-scores competition, included an audience participation element via Zoom, and was entirely filmed, directed, and conceived of by Alter Ego Chamber Opera.
Alize is co-founder, a soprano performer, a director, and a librettist with the Philadelphia-based chamber opera company Alter Ego Chamber Opera, whose mission is to tell new stories and old stories in new ways, supporting the creative voices of women, POC and other under represented artists in order to create brand new opera theatre "without the ego." Click this link to find out more about Alize's work as a librettist.
After rigorous training in the opera program at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she earned her Bachelor and Master's Degrees of Music in Opera Performance, Alize was honored to step away and serve for two years through her alma mater as an ArtistYear Fellow (2015-2017), the first National AmeriCorps program for artists to dedicate a year of service to our nation, working to build a music program from the ground-up at South Philadelphia High School, a rough school in urban Philadelphia facing great economic, scholastic, and safety challenges. Find out more about her work building a choral program, and directing and producing two-full length musicals at the school, Dreamgirls and The Wiz, including student testimonials and production footage here.
Alize Francheska is managed by Matthew Laifer Artist Management.
"Alla selva, al prato, al fonte" from Il Re Pastore //
W. A. Mozart
"Go shameless one...For riches" from Iolanthe //
Gilbert & Sullivan
"Won't someone say..." from Elegy for Young Lovers //
H. W. Henze
Morgana in Alcina REVAMPED
by G.F. Handel / adaptation by Alize Rozsnyai
Conducted by Evan Kassof
Philadelphia Fringe Festival
September 24th and 26th, 2021
L'Aurore in Céphale et Procris
by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
with Ensemble OrQuesta
Josh McIntosh Arts Centre, London
August 5th and 6th, 2021
Participation with Ensemble OrQuesta POSTPONED
due to Covid-19 Quarantine Travel Restrictions
Soprano soloist in "when icarus fell, was there a splash?" by Maya Miro Johnson
Next Gen Concert
Contemporaneous Ensemble with Kamna Gupta, Conductor
Virtual Premiere May 27th, 2021
Soprano Soloist in Mosaic of Modern Opera
works by Tony Solitro, Ben Stevenson, Beth Ratay, Andrew Lovett,
and Jean Ahn
A Virtual Production with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Sept 19th-Oct 5th 2020
ALTER EGO CHAMBER OPERA
In 2019, Alize and three friends founded Alter Ego Chamber Opera with the mission of bringing brand new and reimagined works to audiences "without the ego" that generally surrounds classical music culture. For Alize personally, the desire to create this group stemmed from the realization that most of the people her age didn't like to go to the opera, or further, hadn't ever attended, and when asked why they would simply respond: "I just don't know enough about it." Alize firmly believes that art should be able to speak for itself, without an explanation or synopsis, and that operatic theatre needs to be performed in the language of its attendees for that reason -- in order to feel immediately connective and impactful. She also believes that we are (and become) the stories we tell ourselves, and that art and media culture should do its part to tell stories which reflect values that are positive, or inspire change within our culture and society for the better. For our future and the future of the operatic artform, that means the portrayal of strong female characters, stories that ask important questions and cause significant audience reflection. The purpose of art and live performances is to tell a story, connect people to one another and to culture, and the only way it can do that is if people attend in greater quantities, feeling welcomed and empowered to do so. Thus, AECO was born. Alize now serves as Artistic Director, soprano, and resident librettist for the Philadelphia-based ensemble which endeavors to "serve as a catalyst for change, bringing intimate, experimental opera theatre to the region." To find more about Alter Ego Chamber Opera, please visit www.AlterEgoChamberOpera.org.
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