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Latin American composer

Diana Syrse is a composer and singer from Mexico. Her sonic language often incorporates voice, electronics and traditional instruments from Latin America to evoke powerful, theatrical images. In her urban soundscape, she deals with socially relevant issues making an artistic contribution to the discourses of our time. On several occasions, her music is performed by herself in collaboration with other ensembles, choirs, and orchestras.​ Her catalog includes works written for choirs, orchestras, ensembles, electronics, electroacoustic music, dance, opera and new music theater. She has been invited to festivals in Europe, Canada, Latin America, the United States, and Asia.

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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Gigante Roja for orchestra │Mexico City
15/16.06.2024
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Presentación de la obra de orquesta "Gigante Roja" interpretada por la Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM / Sylvain Gasançon, director titular.


El programa 9 de la OFUNAM se presentará los días 15 y 16 de junio a las  8 y 12 p. m. respectivamente, en la Sala Nezahualcóyotl del Centro  Cultural Universitario.

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Commission│Junge Deutsche Philharmonie & Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
01.09.2024
Frankfurt, Germany

"To be told" a new piece for the closing concert of the program SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY . A commission for chamber orchestra and electronics supported by the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

5th concert FREISPIEL 2024: SHIFTING FUTURES

Admission from 10:30 am

Organiser: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie e.V. (Young German Philharmonic Orchestra)

André de Ridder, conductor


https://www.evs-musikstiftung.ch/en/funding-projects/educational-projects/commission-diana-syrse

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Connected Identities
15.09.2024
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Connected Identities - Concert

Diana Syrse, voice

Orquesta Escuela Carlos Chávez

Conducted by Eduardo García Barrios

Works by Diana Syrse, lyrics by Diana Syrse & Aleksi Barrière

Sistema de Fomento Musical 

Mexico City


Performing the soprano part herself, Syrse unfolds an intimate personal journey, in which she explores multiple external voices in the search for and discovery of her own. This work was conceived in collaboration with writer-director Aleksi Barrière, who co-authored the multilingual libretto. 

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Opera Marea Roja - CSUN California
04.2024
California, USA

The opera Marea Roja was presented at the California State University conducted by Mercedes Juan Musotto, music director Maurice Godin, stage director  April 4, 5, 6, and 7 2024 Shigemi Matsumoto Recitall Hall.


Translating to “Red Tide,” this opera delves into the topic of violence against women through the real-life stories of three individuals: Nadia Vera, a social anthropologist and activist killed in the Narvarte neighborhood; Kassandra Bravo, a nursing student murdered in Uruapan; and Blanca Montiel, who tragically lost her life to a stray bullet during a shootout in Iguala. Through these accounts, the opera unveils themes of resilience, strength, and courage amidst the challenges of violence.

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Commission - piccolo and piano / Julia Barnett
01.04.2024
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Commission for piccolo and piano. Piece written and commissioned by flutist Julia Barnett. 


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Commission│Musikkollegium Winterthur
6.9. & 8.9.2023.
Winterthur, Switzerland

Commission granted by the Musikkollegium Winterthur conducted by Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas to create a new orchestral work in dialogue with Mozart's Symphony No. 40. The concert will be part of their season opening and will feature works by Grieg, Schumann, Syrse and Mozart. Dates: 6.9. and 8.9.2023.



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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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Resident composer - IMS Prussia Cove - Open Chamber Music
25th of September - 1st of October
Cornwall, UK

I'm delighted to announce that I've been invited as the resident composer at the IMS Prussia Cove - Open Chamber Music event from September 25th to October 1st in Cornwall, UK. I am looking forward to contributing to this wonderful event. You can listen to UK premieres of two works during the concerts on September 29th and 30th.

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Concert with the Orquesta Escuela Carlos Chávez - Symphonic orchestra / CDMX & El Fuego Nuevo
September 30th and October 1st
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Join us for a musical evening in Mexico City as the Orquesta Carlos Chávez, led by conductor Eduardo García Barrios, presents the work "Ciudad de México" by Diana Syrse alongside the premiere of "El Fuego Nuevo" by her father Fernando Valdés Arroyo. These orchestral performances are scheduled for September 30th and October 1st in Mexico City.

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Únete a nosotros para una velada musical en la Ciudad de México, donde la Orquesta Escuela Carlos Chávez, bajo la dirección de Eduardo García Barrios, presentará la obra "Ciudad de México" de Diana Syrse junto con el estreno de "El Fuego Nuevo" de su padre, Fernando Valdés Arroyo. Estas presentaciones sinfónicas están programadas para el 30 de septiembre y el 1 de octubre en la Ciudad de México.

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Singing & Recording session│Indicible, a project with Trio D´Argent
2023
Mexico

The Trio d'Argent and Diana Syrse invite you to a fantastic immersion in the aeolian sound of flutes and voice. Several composers explore, each in their own way, the intriguing space between the world of the intelligible and that of mysterious or imaginary languages. Mexico tour 2023. 

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Award │Premio speciale Una vita nella Musica Giovani
2022
Venice, Italy

I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the Premio speciale Una vita nella Musica Giovani along with cellist Luca Giovannini and musicologist Davide Pulvirenti. The prize will be awarded by the Teatro la Fenice at a ceremony on December 17 at the Sala Apollinne. 

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Commission│Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
2023
Mexico City, Mexico

Commission to write a piece for symphony orchestra by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. Wolrd premiere: 22nd and 23rd of July 2023 at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl. 

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Winner of Ricordilab│Ricordi Berlin
2022
Berlin, Germany

Selected to be part of Ricordilab, a publishing opportunity with Ricordi Berlin, who will publish selected works, and support three artists in the development of their careers. Diana Syrse is one of the three selected composers along with composers Hannah Kendall and Alex Paxton. 

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Resident composer │Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad
2023
Gstaad, Saanen, Switzerland

Thanks to the support of the André Hoffmann Foundation, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad have invited a composer in residence every year since 2012 to compose an original work for the young soloists who perform at the Gstaad Chapel in Switzerland.

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Opera Commission│Braunschweig
2022
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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New video of "Pensar en quetzales" I Festival Nouveaux Horizons by ARTE TV channel
2022
Aix-en-Provence, France

You can now watch the video of "Pensar en  quetzales" 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.

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Residency│Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France
2022
2022
Paris, France

Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris - 2022

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

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Video│Diana Syrse & New Juilliard Ensemble
2022
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:

https://aleksibarriere.org/2019/10/21/the-invention-of-sex-monodrama/

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Award│Artistic residency in Venice, Italy 2022
2022
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│Connected Identities, Musée Quai Branly
2021
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.

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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Diana Syrse - Demo Reel

Diana Syrse - Demo Reel

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