Alexis Rodda

US Fulbright Student Program

Home Institution
The City University of New York
Host Institution
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
September 15, 2019–June 30, 2020

Alexis Rodda is a soprano described by New York Classical Review as having “a lovely voice, full of color and body in every register.” She attended Princeton University (BA), Mannes College (MM), and is currently attending the CUNY Graduate Center as a Five-Year Fellowship recipient and doctoral candidate. She previously taught in the voice department at Brooklyn College Conservatory and currently serves as a Writing Across Curriculum Fellow in the WAC program at Brooklyn College. She was also previously a lecturer in music history at Bronx Community College.

A strong proponent of new music, she premiered four new works in the past several years, including the leading role in the full-length opera A Taste of Damnation by Avner Finberg. She also co-founded a boutique opera company called The Secret Opera, which premiered and supported chamber works from new composers while also presenting innovative new productions of traditional operatic works. George Grella of New York Classical Review described The Secret Opera as “one of the small, imaginative opera companies rapidly proliferating in New York City. They are nimble, make the most of limited resources, and present talented singers and new works that are outside the physical and financial scope of the Metropolitan Opera.”

Alexis has an active voice and piano studio in the New York City area and is also a registered Music Together teacher, working for Music Together NYC. She also sings sacred music professionally, currently singing with the choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and in many other churches in New York City and the surrounding area.