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

 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.

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Children´s opera / Commission by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein

March 22, 2021

A children´s opera presented by the Junge Oper am Rhein with a libretto written by Andrea Heuser. Premiere: 23rd of March 2021 in Düsseldorf. More information coming soon.

Foto by Hans Jörg Michel

Orchestra / Commission by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra - Paris

February 04, 2021

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

Nominated for the International Opera Composition Competition of the Mannheim National Theater

February 27, 2021

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 of the opera will be 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

Opera / Commission / Neuköllner Oper and the Humboldt Forum - Berlin

June 23, 2021

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). 

Orchestra / Commission by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería - Mexico

August 07, 2021

Commission to write a piece for symphony orchestra for the celebration of the 100 Years of Mexican Revolution. Premiere: August 2021 at the Nezahualcóyotl Hall by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto

Video - A musical moment with Philip Brunelle

September 30, 2021

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

Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris

November 02, 2020

Fellowship award for a six months residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris given by the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.

Musiktheater / The Archipelago of Oblivion - Sansusi Festival in Latvia

August 14, 2021

Residency for the Sansusi Festival in Sansusi, Latvia. Developing a new musical theater project with membra collective. August 2021. 

Composing and singing / Commission / New Juilliard Ensemble - New York

September 27, 2021

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.

Brüte! on tour - Different cities

September 30, 2021

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. 

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Verhört? Portrait concert organized by the Münchner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik e.V. / Munich

July 12, 2020

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

Roundtable / Oper. Next Generation / Vienna State Opera

December 13, 2019

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.

Composing and singing / Children´s opera Brüte! - Hamburg

October 29, 2019

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

Dr. Alici / Münchner Kammerspiele - Munich

October 23, 2019

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.

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2019 Opera creation workshop, Festival Aix-en-Provence - France

June 25, 2019

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 / Diana Syrse and The Babylon Orchestra Soloists Berlin - Neuss

May 11, 2019

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 / Staatsoper Hamburg - Hamburg

May 10, 2019

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.

Òpera & Dona - Conference in Barcelona, Spain

April 12, 2019

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)

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