Alyssa Cox, soprano

Alyssa Cox is a soprano from Salisbury, Maryland, with Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and post graduate study at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Most recently, Alyssa was the soloist for the National Cathedral Choral Society's world premiere of Paul Mealor's Silent Night with the composer in residence and conducted by Betsy Burleigh.

This June, Alyssa performed the role of the Primadonna/Ariadne in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos with the Miami Music Festival, conducted by Bradley Moore and directed by David Toulson. This summer she was also an Emerging Artist with Bel Canto in Tuscany, performing recitals and scenes as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore, and working with master pedagogues. She has been seen as Cendrillon in Massenet's opera by that same name, First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and in scenes as Margherita in Boito's Mefistofele with Frisco Opera, Magda in The Consul, Susannah in Floyd's Susannah, Die Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and debuted at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall performing Anna Bolena's mad scene by Donizetti accompanied by Mikhail Hallak. Alyssa also appeared in Grieg's Peer Gynt as a Säterinne with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.

An avid performer of art song, Alyssa has performed in recital with John Musto on the songs of John Musto, Sibelius songs with Martin Katz, Jake Heggie's Masterclass, was a Stern Fellow for SongFest in Malibu, CA, and was a resident artist with the Cleveland Art Song Festival where she performed in recital and masterclasses with Stephanie Blythe, Warren Jones, François Le Roux, and Mikhail Hallak. Alyssa was the resident artist for the Indiana University Polish Studies Center, for which she performed a recital of Lutoslawski, Moniuszko, and Szymanowski at the Polish Consulate in Chicago, and was a Title VIII grant recipient for the Indiana University SWSEEL Czech language intensive. Additionally, Alyssa was a Danenberg Honors Recitalist performing the Písne Milostné by Dvorák and was a commencement recitalist performing Turina's Tres Poemas.

As a competitor, Alyssa placed fourth in the Competicion Internacional de Canto in Trujillo, Peru, a semi finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Voice Competition in Dublin, Ireland, first place in the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition, a third place winner for the National Society Arts and Letters Ohio district and was an Encouragement Award winner for the MONC Wisconsin district and the Palm Beach Opera Competition. She has also been a finalist for the International Czech/Slovak Competition, Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and is a Career Bridges grant winner.

Currently Alyssa is a private student of mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop, and has studied privately with Carol Vaness, Costanza Cuccaro, Lorraine Manz, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Ruth Golden and has coached privately with legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. Additionally Alyssa has performed in masterclass with Angela Meade, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Deborah Voigt at Vero Beach Opera, Mikael Eliasen, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, and has coached with Mikhail Hallak, Bruce Stasyna, Danielle Orlando, Davis Hart, and Daniel Michalak. Alyssa has also studied in Vienna, Austria with Sebastian Vittucci at the Universität für Muzik und Theater, and the Corsi Internazionali di Musica at the Universitá di Urbino in Urbino, Italy.

This coming Spring, Alyssa will be performing the role of Domna Saburova in Rimsky- Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride with Bel Cantanti Opera and will be performing in concerts with Baltimore Concert Opera.