Alison Pearce

Genre: Education - Workshops

Artist Reviews

“Hearing a recital of the quality tendered by Alison Pearce and Charles Hogan in Whitley Auditorium is rare. For that matter, recitals of such high musical standards and communicative vigor are rare anywhere in the world.”

Joseph A. Newsome, Independent Reviewer Elon, North Carolina

“…quite superb soloists… the fine soprano Alison Pearce, whom I recall from an impressive BBC Radio 3 broadcast of excerpts from Holbrooke’s opera Bronwen.” Chester Cathedral: Vaughan Williams ‘The Garden of Proserpine’, ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’

Rob Barnett, Seen and Heard International


Alison Pearce has had a distinguished international career as a soprano soloist in opera, oratorio and recital. She has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras at major venues and festivals as well as broadcasting for radio and television in many countries. A Vocal Professor at the Royal Academy of Music 1996 to 2010 and presently artistic director of European summer schools for singers in Tuscany and Burgundy, she has also given master-classes and lectures for Birkbeck College in their series in association with the Royal Opera House, and in addition, for the Research Department of the Royal Academy of Music in England, with regular invitations to visit other conservatoires around the world.

Her major operatic prima donna roles include those in Tosca, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Fidelio, Aïda, Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Faust. She has worked for the English National Opera, at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and, for the Dublin International City of Culture celebrations she sang the title role in a production of Manon Lescaut by Puccini, (directed by Stephen Daldrey), which she repeated in Israel with the role of Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Her career in Italy culminated in a revival of Monteverdi’s Opera Orpheo e Eurydice in which she sang Eurydice, while in the Netherlands she was particularly commended for her performance of Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

Some notable U.K. Oratorio engagements have taken Alison to the Symphony Hall, Birmingham with the English Chamber Orchestra to sing Bach’s St Matthew Passion; to the Royal Festival Hall to sing Penderecki’s Te Deum with the Bach Choir and Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer; to the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and York Minster for performances of Verdi’s Requiem; to the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester for Poulenc’s Gloria and Elgar’s The Light of Life; to Snape Maltings to sing Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D and songs by Alma Mahler; Paul Patterson’s Te Deum with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Hereford Cathedral; and the world premiere of Patterson’s Hell’s Angels with Crouch End Festival Chorus, the Brodsky Quartet, and Striking Sounds at the Barbican.

Recent celebrity recitals have taken her to the USA, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Germany and London in repertoire ranging from Handel through Schubert, R. Strauss, Chausson, Messiaen, Satie, Britten, Sondheim and Weill.

She has given first performances of chamber works written especially for her by Paul Patterson, Roger Beeson, Sarah Rodgers and Rhian Samuel and appeared as a guest artist with the Alberni String Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Solaris Quartet, London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in works ranging from Finzi Dies Natalis and Britten Les Illuminations through Mozart Exultate Jubilate to Wagner Wesendonck Lieder.

For Oratorio and concert repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach C.P.E. Magnificat in D Major
Bach J.S. Cantatas
B Minor Mass
Johannes Passion
Matthäus Passion
Weinachts Oratorium
Beethoven Ah! Perfido
Choral Symphony
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Blake H Benedictus
Brahms  Liebeslieder Waltzes (both sets)
Britten Ceremony of Carols
Rejoice in the Lamb
Spring Symphony
War Requiem
Bruckner Mass in D Minor
Mass in F Minor
Te Deum
Charpentier Te Deum
Durufle Requiem
Dvorak Mass in D Minor
Stabat Mater
Te Deum
Elgar The Apostles
The Light of Life
The Kingdom
Fanshawe African Sanctus
Faure Requiem
Finzi Dies Natalis
In Terra Pax
Gounod Messe Solennelle
St Cecilia
Handel Athaliah
Dettingen Te Deum
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Judas Maccabeus
Julius Ceasar
Ode on St Cecilia’s Day
Psalm 112
Haydn Die Jahreszeiten
Die Schöpfung
Harmonic Mass
Maria Theresa Mass
Missa Sancti Nicolai
Nelson Mass
Scena di Berenice
Te Deum
Hoddinott Sinfonia Fidei
Honnegger King David
Howells Hymnus Paradisi
Janacek Glagolitic Mass
Matthias This Worldes Joie
Lux Aeterna
Mahler Symphony No 2, 4, 8
McCabe J Music’s Empire
Mendelssohn Elijah
Hymn of Praise
St Paul
Messiaen Poemes pour Mi
Monteverdi Beatus Vir
Mozart Davidde Penitente
Litaniae Lauretanae
Mass in C Major
Mass in C Minor
Vesperae Solemnis
Muldowney Six Psalms
Orff Carmina Burana
Pergolesi Mass in D
Stabat Mater
Poulenc Gloria
Stabat Mater
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art
Dido and Aeneas
Fairy Queen
King Arthur
Ode to St Cecilia
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
Rutter Lichfield Canticle
Scarlatti Christmas Cantata
Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Stanford Requiem
Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Tippett A Child of our Time
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria
Vaughan Williams Benedictus
Dona Nobis Pacem
Serenade to Music
Sea Symphony


Artist: Alison Pearce
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Education - Workshops