British soprano Alicia Mallace-Goulbourne graduated with a Distinction MMus in Vocal Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been praised as showing a “sensitive legato” and “an outstanding sense of poise and command” and was selected twice to sing in masterclasses and evening recitals alongside the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists with David Gowland. She was a semi-finalist for the Trinity Laban Soloist Competition and was selected as a reserve finalist in the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition. Alicia previously studied BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Sussex where she graduated with 2:1 including firsts in all performance and composition modules.
Alicia has received expert tutelage from established performers and coaches including Susan Bullock, Teresa Cahill, Lionel Friend, Della Jones, Rosa Mannion, Julia Mintzer, Diana Montague, David Rendall, Gidon Saks, Nicky Spence, Phillip Thomas and maestro Ubaldo Fabbri. Alicia has performed a variety of roles in staged operatic scenes including First Lady The Magic Flute, Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos, Queen Elizabeth I Gloriana, Fifth Maid Elektra, Elettra Idomeneo, Countess The Marriage of Figaro and Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice. Moreover, she was delighted to be selected for the role of Alice in a scene from Falstaff, performed with the Welsh National Opera.
Alicia made her role debut as Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and has recently repeated this undertaking in June 2021 with Opera Asteria. This socially distanced unique one-hour adaptation of the work was performed twice at St Stephen’s Church in Dulwich and has thus far been described as a “gripping hour of theatre” and “brilliantly imagined”.
Most recently, Alicia was delighted to cover the role of Anna, whilst also being a member of the small ensemble, for Gothic Opera’s October 2021 production of Le nonne sanglante, nominated for three OFFIES including best opera production, directed by Franciska Éry and conducted by Rosie Howarth. Alicia also performed in the small eight-person female chorus for Hampstead Garden Opera’s production of Holst’s Sāvitri in August 2020, directed by Julia Mintzer and conducted by Thomas Payne. Hailed as “dignified and rewarding” by Opera Magazine, this open-air production was the first live opera to return to London in August 2020 and was awarded four stars by The Times, describing the all-female chorus as “seeming to pick up where those unearthly voices in Holst’s Neptune leave off.” Other engagements include chorus for Fulham Opera’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (nominated for a Broadway World award for Outstanding Achievement in a New Opera Production) and Hampstead Garden Opera’s La bohème (won the 2020 NODA London Opera Award). Past engagements include chorus for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and a jukebox opera production of Cinderella. Coming up, Alicia is excited to be a member of the ensemble for Regent Opera’s La forza del destino February/March 2022.
Alicia also works as Company Director for Opera Asteria and freelances in assisting, producing and events management. She has organised and performed in numerous charity concerts in a variety of venues, raising over £4000 in total for charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Refuge. Throughout this pandemic Alicia has been involved in fundraising efforts for music and the arts, including performing for a virtual concert in aid of local Dorset arts centre The Lighthouse, which was highly successful in raising awareness and funds. Alicia was part of the production team for On Behalf of a Madman at The Maltings Theatre St Albans and also assisted on Gothic Opera’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle.