Diana Syrse is a composer and singer. Her music is characterized by an influence of jazz, rock, fusion, traditional music from around the globe and avant-garde as well as the use of non-Western instruments, theatrical elements, and electronics. Her focus is on musical composition for new musical theatre, opera, staged concerts and interdisciplinary collective creations. On several occasions, her music is performed by herself in collaboration with other ensembles, choirs, and orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vocalessence, the Babylon Orchestra, and the Staatsoper Hamburg.
Photo: Astrid Ackermann
The musical thinking of Diana Syrse is provocative, her way of thinking is strange, profound, exciting and diverse. Her musical language merge different worlds...Diana Syrse has also a theatrical imagination. Theater follows her.
Hugo Roca Joglar, El Milenio
Composing & Singing│Connected Identities, Musée Quai Branly
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.
Composing & Singing│LIEDERABEND - Beth Morrison Project and National Sawdust
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.
Jury of the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award │Barcelona
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│Paroles et Musique, Opera Orchestre National Montpellier
27th June 2021
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.
Opera Commission│Neuköllner Oper and the Humboldt Forum
24th June 2022
The Neuköllner Oper Berlin in collaboration with the Humboldt Forum commissioned "Mexico Aura" a new opera written by Eva Hibernia, John von Düffel and Albert Tola. Participation as composer and singer. Premiere 24th of June at the Humboldt Forum Berlin (7 performances).
Composing & Singing│Indicible, a project with Trio D´Argent
2020 - 2022
Paris, Basel, München
For this new production 2020-2022, the Trio d'Argent joins forces with singer and composer Diana Syrse and composers Gualtiero Dazzi, Andreas Eduardo Frank and Bruno Letort.The theme of the concert "Indicible" is inspired by a German tale by the Grimm brothers, Die drei Sprachen (The Three Languages): Confronted with a father, for whom only intellectual knowledge counts, a disowned son experiences, listening to nature and the language of animals, another perception of the world that leads him to wisdom.
Composing & Singing│New Juilliard Ensemble
11th April 2021
New York, USA
Guest artist at the Juilliard School of Music. Writing a piece for voice, electronics and chamber orchestra with a text by the author and stage director Aleksi Barrière performed by Diana Syrse and the New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. Premiere at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.
Nomination│International Opera Composition Competition, National Theater
17th July 2022
Diana Syrse, composer; Martin Mutschler and Thilo Ulrich; text (MEMBRA) have been selected as one of the finalists at the international opera competition by the Mannheim National Theater. The winner will receive a commission for a full-length chamber opera. The subject: Albert Camus's 1942 novel The Stranger. Six short pieces composed by the finalists will be publicly performed before a jury and an audience within the 2020 Mannheimer Summer festival. The winner will receive the commission for a chamber opera. An additional audience award is also planned, which will result in a chamber music commission. Photo source: Nationaltheater Mannheim
Children's opera Commission│"Der Kiosk" Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Date to be confirmed
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 (originally scheduled for 23rd of March 2021 in Düsseldorf). A children´s opera presented by the Junge Oper am Rhein with a libretto written by Andrea Heuser. More information coming soon.
Foto by Hans Jörg Michel
Orchestra Commission│Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
Mexico City, Mexico
Commission to write a piece for symphony orchestra for the celebration of the 100 Years of Mexican Revolution. POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Nezahualcóyotl Hall by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto
Children's opera Commission│Brüte! on tour (different cities)
A chamber opera for children performed and composed in collaboration with Sven Kacirek and Fhunyue Gao. Directed by Ela Bauman. Concept by Stephan von Löwis. Dramaturgy by Nehle Mallasch. Commissioned by Kinderkinder - Klangfest Hamburg. Places to be announced here. The production will be presented in different cities. More information coming soon.
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
15th August 2021
Developing a new musical theater project with membra collective in collaboration with the Sansusi Festival in Sansusi, Latvia.
Orchestra Commission│Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
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
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.
Residency│Cité Internationale des Arts
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.
Portrait concert │"Verhört?", Münchner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik
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
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.
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
Opera creation workshop│Festival Aix-en-Provence
The Opera Creation Workshop is open each year to young creators from all disciplines and is a place for reflection and discussion on artistic opera-related issues. This workshop seeks to define current values of opera and the tasks it will assume in the future. A process of reflection will take place, focusing equally on opera performance today and on the multidisciplinary aspects that it encompasses.
Composing and singing│With The Babylon Orchestra Soloists
Singing with the Babylon Orchestra Soloists conducted and directed by composer and violinist Mischa Tangian. A concert with fusion of oriental, world music and classic with traditional songs. Supported by the Musikkulturen Program of NRW. Germany. Photo: Klaus Hensen
Composing and singing Commission│Die Nacht der Seeigel
Commission from the Staatsoper Hamburg to compose the opera "Die Nacht der Seeigel" ("The night of the sea urchins") for the Opera Stabile with composers Huihui Cheng and Mischa Tangian participating as well as a singer with the musicians of the Philharmonischen Staatsorchesters Hamburg. Text by Luize Kautz, Martin Mutschler, Evarts Melaksnis and Christina Pfrötschner. A creation of the Akademie Musiktheater heute 2016-2018 of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung. Presentations at the Opera Stabile: 2., 4. ,5., 7., 9., 11.5.2019.
Children's opera Composing and singing│Brüte!
A chamber opera for children performed and composed in collaboration with Sven Kacirek and Fhunyue Gao. Directed by Ela Bauman. Concept by Stephan von Löwis. Commissioned by Kinderkinder - Klangfest Hamburg. Presentations on 10., 11., 12.5.2019 at the Klangfest and 30.-31.10.2019 at the Tonali Saal
Foto © Anna Schaeflein
Conference│Òpera & Dona
Invited to participate at the Òpera & Dona, conferences on the presence of women in creation and direction in the performing arts ("Òpera & Dona. Jornadas profesionales sobre la presencia femenina en la creación y dirección en las artes escénicas") in Barcelona Spain. Talking about my work and experience and discussing with other artists about the new generation of women in opera. April 13th from 15:00-17:00. Sede de la SGAE en Catalunya (Passeig de Colom, 6)