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Soprano Alice Usher is one of the Co-Founders of Gothic Opera and played Malwina in their inaugural production, Der Vampyr by Marschner. She studies with Alison Wells, and trained at the Wales International Academy of Voice with Dennis O'Neill and Nuccia Focile. She also attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where she studied English Literature and held a choral scholarship. At Trinity Laban, Alice was awarded the prize for highest mark in the MMus degree.
Alice’s performance experience includes the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar), La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera), Fortuna in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Trinity Laban), and Miss Jessel in Britten's The Turn of the Screw (Trinity Laban). Alice played Sarah in the newly-commissioned opera Banished (Stephen McNeff) at Blackheath Halls, directed by Elaine Kidd and conducted by Jessica Cottis. In 2021, she will join Opera Loki in the role of Micaela in their production of Carmen in venues across France and the UK. Alice is also a regular on the oratorio platform, and has sung the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem and Brahms Eine Deutsches Requiem among others.
A versatile performer, Alice premiered Stacy Garrop's The Goth Chapters online for Gothic Opera during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown. Previously, she created a site-specific exploration of Libby Larsen’s song cycle Try Me Good King on the foreshore at Greenwich, the site where Anne Boleyn was taken by river to the Tower of London for her execution. Her blog on this project can be seen here.