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A South Dakota native, Alyssa Toepfer has been praised as a soprano with "unbridled dexterity" (Kansas City Star) and a "marvelous, soaring tone" (KC Metropolis).
Ms. Toepfer is currently based in Overland Park, KS, where she teaches voice at Benedictine College and Ottawa University, works as an outreach artist with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and is a member of the Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale.
Recent stage credits include a return to the Wichita Grand Opera stage as Wanda in The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, the soprano solos in Poulenc’s Gloria at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, SD, and the soprano solo in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem at the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS.
In 2014, Ms. Toepfer earned international acclaim in her first pants role as Jemmy in Wichita Grand Opera’s production of Guillaume Tell. Opera News called her “a convincing Jemmy both musically and dramatically” while a reviewer from the German Rossini Society praised her as “a superb Jemmy… she acted as well as she sang.”
A highlight of Ms. Toepfer’s 2012-2013 season was performing Pamina alongside internationally renowned bass Samuel Ramey’s Sarastro in the Sounds of South Dakota’s 10th anniversary production of Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Maestro Delta David Gier with the South Dakota Symphony.
Additional roles include Aline in The Sorcerer at Southwestern College, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Lawrence Opera Theatre, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Sounds of South Dakota, Sophie de Palma in Terrence McNally’s Masterclass with the Kansas City Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Princess/#1 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations with Kansas City Civic Opera, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Sounds of South Dakota, Gretel in Hӓnsel und Gretel with Opera Omaha, Adina in l’Elisir d’amore and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, both with UMKC Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale, and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance.
Alyssa is a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Augustana University and a Master of Music in Voice at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.