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Gothic Opera co-founder Alice Usher is a versatile singer known for her expressive and committed performances. With Gothic Opera, Alice sang the role of Malwina in Der Vampyr by Marschner in 2019, and returned in 2020 to create the role of the Morning Nurse in Bluebeard’s Castle. During the lockdown of 2020, she worked on a series of weekly video premieres of Stacy Garrop’s The Goth Chapters.
After her BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, Alice trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Alison Wells, followed by the Wales International Academy of Voice, where she studied with Dennis O'Neill and Nuccia Focile.
Her roles include La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). In 2021, Alice toured France and the UK in the role of Micaela in Carmen. Alice played Sarah in the newly-commissioned opera Banished (Stephen McNeff) at Blackheath Halls, directed by Elaine Kidd and conducted by Jessica Cottis. 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.
Alice previously 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.