Alison Rose is the winner of the 2015 Maggie Teyte Prize and a 2017 Leonard Ingrams Award. She studied on the Opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a National Opera Studio Young Artist for the 15/16 season.
Concert highlights include Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the BBC Last Night of the Proms 2016, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Iain Burnside’s musical play Shining Armour with Roderick Williams and Victoria Newlyn, Britten’s Les Illuminations at the Southwell Music Festival and solo recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Royal Opera House Crush Room.
Operatic roles include; Barbarina/‘Le nozze di Figaro’ (Garsington Festival Opera), Vixen/’The Cunning Little Vixen’ (Grimeborn Festival / Arcola Theatre), Frasquita/’Carmen’ (understudy for Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Lady in Waiting/’Gloriana’ (St Endellion Festival); Miranda, Arnold’s ‘The Dancing Master’ (GSMD); Bětuška, Dvořák’s ‘The Cunning Peasant ‘(GSMD); Adele/’Die Fledermaus’ (Clonter Opera) and Servilia’/La Clemenza di Tito’ (RNCM).
Performances at the National Opera Studio included residencies with Opera North, Welsh National Opera, and a performance of Contemporary Opera Scenes at Sadler’s Wells. In 2018 she made her debut at English National Opera, performing the role of Barbarina and returned to give two recitals of Czech songs at the Southwell Music Festival. She sang Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Westminster Central Hall with the Southbank Sinfonia. In 2019 she made her debut at Glyndebourne, with Papagena/’Die Zauberflöte’ – including a performance at the BBC Proms, and The Governess in ‘Turn of the Screw’ at Bury Court Opera. In 2020 she sang Susannah in a revised, touring production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ for Opera North. Covid-19 saw the postponement of her singing A Bird in ENO’s production of Judith Weir’s ‘Blond Eckbert’ and Flora/’The Knot Garden’ for English Touring Opera. For ETO last year she sang the role of Olivia in a recorded production of Handel’s ‘Amadigi’ and the summer saw her cover and sing Despina in Glyndebourne Festival’s ‘Cosi fan Tutte’. She will appear at the Three Choirs Festival this summer in Stephen McNeff’s new opera, ‘Beyond the Garden’ and then sing the role of Flavia in Northern Opera Group’s new production of Handel’s ‘Silla’.
“…And there’s a splendid ENO debut for Alison Rose as a Barbarina as tipsy as her dad; a young award-winning soprano, having scooped both the Maggie Teyte Prize and the Leonard Ingrams Award, Rose is definitely one to watch.” ARTS DESK
“I was particularly delighted by Alison Rose’s petite gem of a Barbarina… She is one of the most treasurable Barbarinas since my first at Covent Garden, Lilian Watson, in 1972.” SUNDAY TIMES
“Alison Rose made a strong impression as Barbarina; it won’t be long before this winner of the Maggie Teyte prize is singing Susanna.” MusicOMH
“Rose, looking little older than Flora, spins pearly tone and eschews histrionics as she disintegrates before our eyes.” THE STAGE
“Alison Rose is superb as the governess. Totally secure even in the most testing moments of the score, she brings out the governess’s developing sense of foreboding to perfection.” PLAYS TO SEE