Alicia Berneche has attracted attention throughout her career as a major proponent of new compositions, bringing to them a unique, beautifully produced sound, and an extraordinary acting talent. In her standard repertoire, she continues to earn critical acclaim for her exquisite musicality to ability to bring roles to life.
In the last few seasons, engagements included Adele in Die Fledermaus with Austin Lyric Opera and Orlando Opera, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte in a return performance with Sarasota Opera, Mable in The Pirates of Penzance with Virginia Opera and Light Opera Works, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the Austin Lyric Opera, Marianne in Tartuffe, Mimi in La BohŤmeand Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Skylight Opera, and the rarely performed Bittersweet with Light Opera Works, requiring her to portray a woman from 17 to 70 years of age. Next, she performs Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the Piedmont Opera, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Skylight Opera, and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore at Opera Carolina.
Additional recent engagements include appearing on the stages of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby; The Goodman Theatre, The Barbican, and BAM in the world premiere of Philip Glassí Galileo Galilei; Portland Opera as Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites and as Sophie in Werther; Opera New Jersey as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and as the coloratura soprano in Six Characters in Search of an Opera; Skylight Opera in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and as Meg and Sissy in the world premiere of Ballymore; Kentucky Opera as Norina in Don Pasquale; Arizona Opera and Pine Mountain Music Festival as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore; Opera Pacific and for Sarasota Opera as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte; and the Virginia Opera as Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She also debuted with Opera Omaha as Polly Peachum in The Three Penny Opera, the Austin Lyric Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and was on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.
Ms. Bernecheís concert experience is equally varied and extensive. She has performed Jacob Druckmanís Counterpoise, Aaron Jay Kernisí Goblin Market as a narrator, and Schoenbergís Second Quartet in F Sharp Minor with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. She appears regularly with the Honolulu Symphony, her first performance in Mozartís Mass in C Minor, then Carmina Burana by Orff, and appeared most recently in Mozartís Requiem. She also appeared with the Cube Ensemble in a program of Dominick Argentoís From the Diary of Virginia Woolf and a world premiere of Drew Hemenger with poems by Anne Sexton commissioned for Ms. Berneche. Other works performed include Szymanovskiís Tales of a Fairy-Tale Princess in Polish, Faureís Requiem, Dvorakís Te Deum, and Barberís Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She performed with the award-winning Orion Ensemble in Lamentations for the 21st Century by Robert Kritz. She has explored the realm of poetry by women who have committed suicide in a series of recitals called Death and the Maiden, which she has presented in many venues across the country.
Ms. Berneche has earned a number of awards, including second place in the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Awards, a finalist in the MacAllister auditions, third place in the Jenny Lind competition, winner of the Russell C. Wonderlic recital competition, finalist in the Young Concert Artists Competition, and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions.
Ms. Berneche is a graduate of DePauw University and the Peabody Conservatory. She began her professional career as a resident artist with the Orlando Opera and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. She currently studies with world famous teacher and soprano Judith Haddon.
Opera Carolina Performances:
H.M.S. Pinafore (2010–2011)