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 a 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 to produce surreal 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 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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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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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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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.

Géante rouge performed by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, NOW ONLINE!
January 2021

You can now listen to the work "Géante rouge" (Red Giant) written for symphonic orchestra in 2021 following the link on the image. This work was commissioned by the Festival Présences and performed by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alain Altinoglu at the Paris Philharmonic. Thanks to Radio France and the Festival Présences for the permission to share this work online.

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?

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.

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

Opera Commission│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.

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

Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris - 2022

Musiktheater Commission│Neuköllner Oper & Humboldt Forum
Berlin, Germany

he 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 2022.

Children's opera│"Der Kiosk" Deutsche Oper am Rhein
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.

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Video│Diana Syrse & New Juilliard Ensemble
New York, NY, USA

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:

Concert│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

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.

Diana Syrse - Demo Reel

Diana Syrse - Demo Reel

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