Young Italian-German soprano Alessia Schumacher enjoyed a very musical upbringing. She completed her voice studies at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin and at Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona. Since 2018 she is a member of the excellency program Barock Vokal in Mainz. Alessia previously studied violin at the Conservatorio „G.Verdi“ in Como and holds degrees in History of Art and Musicology from the University of Vienna.
Alessia has been awarded a number of scholarships (Bernbeck Exzellenzstipendium, Luzia-Loeser Kulturfond), she is a young artist of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation „Live Music Now“ and received the Bayreuth scholarship in 2016. She is a prize winner of international competitions, a.a. the Concorso lirico internazionale „Piero Boni“ in Brescia (1st prize, 2017).
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While studying she already collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Menotti/The Telephone, 2015), giving her Konzerthaus Berlin debut as Gretel (Humperdinck/Hänsel und Gretel, 2016) soon after. As a winner of the Schloss Rheinsberg Festival competition, she debuted the role of Michaela in summer 2017. Further operatic roles include Mimì (La Bohème), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos), First Lady (Zauberflöte), Romilda (Serse), Musetta (La Bohème), Frasquita (Carmen), Marie (Der Diktator), Livietta (Livietta Tracollo) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro).
Equally at home in operatic and concert repertoire, Alessia celebrated her Dartington Festival debut in 2018, jumping in as Eve in Haydn’s Creation directed by Dame Jane Glover. That same year she performed in a staged version of Elias/Mendelssohn with Kammerakademie Potsdam and 400 children.
As a Lied recital singer, Alessia enjoys collaborating with pianists Maria Yulin and Alissa Firsova. In 2018 she started a new collaboration with jazz-vibraphone player Hauke Renken. Alessia also co-created the theatre performance piece “Deus ex machina” in 2011, which was performed throughout Europe and Turkey.
Alessia’s engagements for 2019 include her debut as Grilletta (Haydn/Lo speziale) at Liebhabertheater Schloss Kochberg and Teatru Manoel on Malta in a co-production by the Lautten Compagney Berlin, as well as her return to Konzerthaus Berlin to perform „The Gruffalo“ by Iván Fischer.
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