Alissa Anderson

Debussy & Ravel: The Flowers of Evil


Hailed for her “deliciously over the top” and “powerful mezzo” by Opera News, Alissa Anderson wields her comic prowess, striking features, and her “powerful vocalism” to great acclaim. Ms. Anderson achieved a considerable success and was celebrated for being “impeccably prepared” and “splendid in every way” when she stepped in as Florence Pike in Santa Fe Opera’s Albert Herring under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. In 2018, Ms. Anderson made both her role and company debuts as the title role in La Tragedie de Carmen with Opera Birmingham. She also sang Frugola and her signature role of La Zia Principessa in Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica with Opera Delaware and Carmen in La Tragedie de Carmen with Louisiana Opera.

The summer of 2018 brought her debut with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre as the Witch in Into the Woods and Mrs. Catlett in Amazing Grace. In 2019, Ms. Anderson will return to San Diego Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto. Engagements for recent seasons included Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights, Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera, holiday concerts with Arizona Opera in conjunction with the Phoenix Theatre, John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Concordia University Symphony Orchestra, and La Zia Principessa/Zita in Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi with Opera Santa Barbara. The 2016-2017 season saw her debut with San Diego Opera as Tisbe in La Cenerentola, a New Year’s Eve Gala concert with Opera Southwest, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with North Carolina Opera, the Verdi Requiem with Houston Camerata, and Principessa/Ciesca with Opera Company of Middlebury.

Ms. Anderson received the Kathryn Tyrell Award in the Shreveport Opera Competition, the Agnes M. Canning Award from Santa Fe Opera, was a Finalist in the Opera Birmingham Competition, a Semifinalist in Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition, and received the Stuart R. Silver Award from Sarasota Opera. She holds her Master of Music from the Opera Studio program at The University of Maryland and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas.