Alyssa Brode is a versatile soprano newly based in Philadelphia, PA where she has already begun winning over audiences with her interpretations of song, concert and musical theater repertoire in addition to her extensive opera credits. She has brought to life such roles as the Fairy Godmother (Massenet’s Cendrillon), Musetta (La bohème), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel).
Her 2018 season has featured several rare and new works in addition to the standard repertoire. Mostly recently, Alyssa originated the role of Clover in the world premiere of Theodore Christman’s A Metamorphosis, a portrayal for which she was praised for her “endearing charm” and “glittery tones and demeanor” (OperaWire). In June, Capitol Opera Harrisburg revived Arthur Penn’s forgotten operetta Rose of the Danube, starring Alyssa as the titular Rose. In April she joined ActorsNET of Bucks County as Mrs. Nordstrom for their run of A Little Night Music, and she is also becoming a featured regular with the Opera Project in Stockton, New Jersey, singing arias and art song ranging from Mozart to contemporary American composers in an intimate concert setting.
Alyssa began her 2017 season with back-to-back productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, appearing as Adina in a concert version with Capitol Opera in Orange County, California, as well as singing and dancing in Pacific Opera Project’s 1950s-themed production of the same opera. She joined Capitol Opera again in July 2017 to portray Musetta in Puccini’s beloved La bohème. Her 2017 season closed with a solo appearance of “If God be for us” in Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s sing-along Messiah concert.
Alyssa’s 2016 season brought her role debut as Violetta in La traviata with Capitol Opera. She also debuted with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera—as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel—and with Independent Opera Company in their double bill of two rarely-performed operas: Rameau’s Pigmalion and Rachmaninoff’s Aleko. In March of 2016, Alyssa returned to Pacific Opera Project to cover the role of Valencienne (“Valentine”) in their Old West-themed production of The Merry Widow.
In 2015, Alyssa appeared with Opera Pasadena as the First Spirit in The Magic Flute as well as with Opera Animata (as Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) and Pacific Opera Project (chorus in Falstaff and in their highly-acclaimed, Star Trek-inspired Abduction from the Seraglio). That summer, Alyssa was featured as a soloist in Capitol Opera’s “Magically Mozart” concert which included arias and choruses from Mozart’s Idomeneo.
Alyssa received her Master of Music in voice from California State University, Northridge and her Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College where, as a member of the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir, she had the privilege of performing symphonic masterworks with some of the world’s most prominent conductors (Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel) and orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin). She is also a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Robert Barbera Scholarship in Voice, the Village Voices Scholarship and the Rachel Ketchie Memorial Award. She earned 3rd Place in the 2016 women’s division of the American Prize in Opera and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.
When she’s not singing, Alyssa works as a graphic designer specializing in posters and event programs for operas and recitals. A merging of her passions for music and design, Alyssa also maintains two online stores: “Vocal Rest Apparel” and “Musicisms,” featuring designs geared primarily toward fellow singers and musicians. Alyssa resides with her husband in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.