Elissa Alvarez


Noted by the Boston Globe for her “intensely lyrical” singing, soprano Elissa Alvarez is an equally enthusiastic interpreter of recital, concert, and operatic repertoire spanning early music to works of the twenty-first century. This season’s engagements include appearances with the Purcell Society of Boston and the Handel and Haydn Society, as well in recital with pianist Thomas Weaver and at Armstrong University’s Piano in Arts concert series with pianist-composer Benjamin Warsaw, her frequent collaborator. The duo specializes in the interpretation of twentieth-century song and works by Warsaw written specifically for her. She also maintains a regular collaboration with saxophonist Jennifer Bill in the performance of contemporary chamber music. Deeply devoted to the study and performance of Latin American art song, Alvarez completed her Doctor of Musical Arts studies at Boston University with her dissertation and lecture recital, “Pride, Place, and Identity: Jaime León’s Transcontinental Exploration of Identity Through Art Song,” a study of the art songs of Colombian composer Jaime León. She can be heard on CORO and Advent Press labels.