Latin American composer

Diana Syrse is a composer and singer from Mexico. Her music is characterized by a mixture of sounds that shape an energy that on occasions is inspired by a musical dramaturgy of a text or concept. She is particularly drawn by current issues of social relevance as well as musical chronicles of her daily life. As a musician she also enjoys combining acoustic instruments with electronics and sometimes she uses her own voice or pre-Hispanic instruments to produce new urban soundscapes.  On several occasions, her music is performed by herself in collaboration with other ensembles, choirs, and orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, the the Staatsoper Hamburg, la Chambre aux échos, the Babylon Orchestra and the Trio D´Argent.

Photo: Astrid Ackermann

“...impressive arias about the loss of the utopian and the power of fear” 

Süddeutsche Zeitung

                       (about Der Alte Affe Angst)

"For me, Diana Syrse's music has the rarest quality of all: freedom" 


Pascal Dusapin

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Musiktheater Commission│Neuköllner Oper and the Humboldt Forum
21., 23., 24., 29., 30., 31.07. and 4., 5.08.2022
Berlin, Germany

The Neuköllner Oper Berlin in collaboration with the Humboldt Forum commissioned "Mexico Aura" a Musiktheater written by Eva Hibernia and John von Düffel with a dramaturgy by Bernhard Glocksin and Albert Tola. A new production written for three voices, 5 dancers, chamber orchestra and electronics with Ana Schwedhelm, Diana Syrse, Justus Wilcken and the Zaafran Ensemble. Premiere: 21st of July. Other dates: 23rd & 24th of July, 29th, 30th and 31st of July and 4th & 5th of August 2022.

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Opera Commission│Staatstheater Braunschweig
Braunschweig, Germany

Premiere of "To Fall Safely" an opera in 15 scenes for three voices, dancer, chamber orchestra and electronics. Libretto written by Katharina Kern and Jeannette Petrik. Stage direction Jörg Wesemüller, dramaturgy Iris Kleinschmidt. Premiere at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, scenography by Jasna Bosnjak. Premiere: 11 September 2022

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Video│Diana Syrse & New Juilliard Ensemble
New York

You can now watch the video of "The invention of sex" performed by Diana Syrse and the New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. Libretto by Aleksi Barrière. 

Performed on April 11th 2022 at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York

For more information about the text and concept of this piece visit:

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Composing & Singing│Indicible, a project with Trio D´Argent
Paris, Basel, Mexico City, Montreal

For this new production the Trio d'Argent joins forces with the singer and composer Diana Syrse and composers Gualtiero Dazzi, Andreas Eduardo Frank, François Daudin and Bruno Letort to create the project “Indicible”. Concerts in Basel, Mexico City and Montreal. Dates confirmed: Montreal 16 Nov 2022

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Award│Artistic residency in Venice, Italy 2022
1.10. 2022-31.12.2022
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Award by the Federal government of Germany with a three-month residency at the German Study Centre in Venice (Deutschen Studienzentrums in Venedig). The artistic residency will take place between October and December 2022 in Venice, Italy.

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Children's opera│"Der Kiosk" Deutsche Oper am Rhein
5.4., 23.5., 25.5., 10.6., 13.6., 15.6.2022
Düsseldorf, Germany

A children´s opera commissioned by the Junge Oper am Rhein (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) with a libretto written by Andrea Heuser. Based of a story by Anete Melece. 

Theater Duisburg

Dates: 5.4., 23.5., 25.5., 10.6., 13.6.,15.6

Foto by Hans Jörg Michel

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Concerts│San Francisco Gay Men´s Chorus
San Francisco, CA, USA

Concerts of "Música y Sabores", a work commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men´s Chorus. Presentations at: Atlanta, Austin, LA, South Florida, Heartland (Kansas), NYC, North Coast, Philadelphia, Portland, and Chicago. Premiere: 10 of April 2022

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Residency│Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France
Paris, France

Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris - 2022

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Orchestra Commission│Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
Mexico City, Mexico

Commission to write a piece for symphony orchestra by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. Date and time to be confirmed.

Composing & Singing│LIEDERABEND - Beth Morrison Project and National Sawdust
May, 2021
Paris, France - New York, USA

A collaboration with visual artist Mathilde Lavenne. A project developed at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris and New York City.

Article│The Ne-opera
February, 2021

Published in three languages in Latvia and France.
What do we need to do to reimagine opera in our time? To what extent are we limited in terms of the music education we receive at universities? Why is diversity so important in the programming of events with music and scene in theaters and opera houses in Europe and what does that have to do with the future of opera?

Video│A musical moment with Philip Brunelle
April, 2020
United States

A new video by Vocalessence about my choral music and my work in the USA presented by conductor Philip Brunelle

Musiktheater│The Archipelago of Oblivion, Sansusi Festival
August, 2021
Latvia, Lithuania

Developing a new musical theater project with membra collective in collaboration with the Sansusi Festival in Sansusi, Latvia.

Guest artist at The Juilliard School
New York, NY, USA

Guest artist at The Juilliard School. Performance of "The Invention of Sex" a work for voice, chamber orchestra and electronics with a text by Aleksi Barrière performed by Diana Syrse and the New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. US premiere at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Composing & Singing│Ensamble Via Nova
Erfurt, Germany

Concert of Diana Syrse and the Ensemble Via Nova in Erfuhrt. World premiere of CIRCE with a text by Aleksi Barrière. A work for voice, ensemble and electronics. Commissioned by the Siemens Stiftung

Commission "Pensar en quetzales" I Festival Nouveaux Horizons
Aix-en-Provence, France

Commissioned by Le Grand Théâtre de Provence to write a new piece for the festival Nouveaux Horizons under the direction of Renaud Capuçon. Libretto by Hugo Roca Joglar; music by Diana Syrse.

Nominated for the YAMAwards - Best Opera
Düsseldorf, Germany

Nominated for the second time for the YAMAwards, this year with the children´s opera "Der Kiosk" commissioned by the Junge Oper am Rhein based on a Latvian story by Anete Melece with a libretto by Andrea Heuser directed by Ilaria Lanzino and produced by Anna Vohn. A children's opera with an imaginary story in which the musicians act, dance and sing to show the journey of Olga, a woman who never leaves her kiosk and dreams of going to the sea. Written for soprano, clarinet, viola, percussion and electronics. Help us win the public vote by following the link clickin on the image!

Composing│Paroles et Musique, Opera Orchestre National Montpellier
Montpellier, France

Presenting "Floating Feathers", a fragment of a project for a new opera as part of the program Paroles et musique at the National Opera of Montpellier.  Libretto by Carlos Pérez  Samano, stage direction and dramaturgy by Ewa Rucinska, choregraphy by Jean Hostache and music by Diana Syrse.

Jury of the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award │Barcelona
Barcelone, Spain

The  Second Edition of the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera  and Dance, is aimed at the category of opera, specifically at the  discipline of composition. The Carmen Mateu Young Artist European  Award, Opera and Dance, convened by the Castell de Peralada Private  Foundation, was created in memory of Carmen Mateu, and celebrates the  careers of young artists in the disciplines of Opera and Dance. It also  contributes to the development of their careers and promotes both  disciplines in the European sphere.

Juries: Raquel García Tomás, Joan Matabosh, Josep Pons, Diana Syrse.

Composing & Singing│Connected Identities, Musée Quai Branly
Paris, France

The video of the concert is available in the you tube channel of the  Musée du Quai Branly, for Connected Identities go directly to minute 27’43’’: Click here.

Connected Identities is a project that emerges from a collaboration between composer and singer Diana Syrse (1984, Mexico) and the stage director and author Aleksi Barrière (1989, France/Finland). This work is a monodrama for voice and orchestra in which the composer performs the soloist part and explores the diffracted facets of her own identity as a Latin American artist, an identity that continues to form across geographies. This work will be performed in different countries with various local ensembles and conductors starting with France, Mexico and Germany. Through cultural exchange, music tradition will be explored in an international and interdisciplinary way, raising questions about what we share and what separates us. The staging is directed by Aleksi Barrière and will be presented for the first time in collaboration with the new musical theater company La Chambre aux échos.  Concert on April 18th, 2021.

Residency│Cité Internationale des Arts
Paris, France

Fellowship award for a six months residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris given by the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. From 20th November 2020 to 27th April 2021.

Orchestra Commission│Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Paris, France

The premiere of a new work commissioned by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France) conducted by Alain Altinoglu for the festival Presénces 2021.

Friday 5th of February 2021 at the Paris Philharmonic

Roundtable│Opera Next Generation, Vienna State Opera
Vienna, Austria

Taking part at the roundtable "Opera Next Generation" that will take place on 14 December at 3 pm in the Teesalon at the Vienna State Opera. This discussion will offer four young composers who have already successfully dedicated themselves to this genre the opportunity to talk about their work.

Portrait concert │"Verhört?", Münchner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik
Munich, Germany

Portrait concert "Verhört?" Connected Identities: Die Komponistin Diana Syrse. Organized by the Münchner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik e.V.  Performed by Diana Syrse, voice and the Ensamble Coriolis, Thomas Hofer, violin; Felix Key Weber, violin; Klaus-Peter Werani, viola; Hanno Simons, violoncello. Moderation by Mary Ellen Kitchens. 13th of July, 8 pm (Berlin Time) Seidlvilla · Nicolaiplatz 1b · München

Composition│Dr. Alici, Münchner Kammerspiele
Munich, Germany

Composed the music for the theater piece "Dr. Alici" by Olga Bach. Directed by Ersan Mondtag. Premiere on 24th of January 2019 at the Münchner Kammerspiele. 31.1., 6.2., 14.2., 23.2.2019.

New dates: 

  • 10. OCT 19, 19:30 - 22:10 HRS

  • 29. OCT 19, 19:30 - 22:10 HRS

  • 14. NOV 19, 20:00 - 22:40 HRS

  • 24. NOV 19, 19:00 - 21:40 HRS