"Erin Alford in the title role lit up the stage from her first entrance and exhibited a vocal sheen
and a stage presence that mark her as
a young artist with a bright future."
- Jim Ruggirello, The Grunion Long Beach
American mezzo-soprano Erin Alford has garnered acclaim on the operatic stage for her "vocal sheen and a stage presence that mark her as a young artist with a bright future." For the 2020-2021 season, Erin joins Pensacola Opera as an Artist in Residence, singing Mercédès in Carmen (while covering the title role), Cousin Hebe in H.M.S Pinafore, and the title role in Cinderella, an educational opera adaptation of Rossini's La Cenerentola and Massenet's Cendrillon.
In the 2019-20 season, Erin sang the role of Nurse/A&R Rep in Orpheus with LA Opera Connects, was featured as Chorus Soloist in LA Opera's world-premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, and joined the LA Opera Chorus for La Bohème and Roberto Devereux. Named the 2019 "Young Artist of the Year" by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Erin presented a recital in October, co-sponsored by NATS-LA and her alma mater, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. In November 2019, Erin was given an Encouragement Award and the Audience Choice Award by the San Diego District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In the 2018-19 season, Erin joined the LA Opera Chorus for Don Carlo, under the baton of Richard Seaver and Music Director James Conlon, made her debut with the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra as Alto Soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass, and performed the role of Angela in LA Opera Connects' Secondary In-School Opera tour of The Wreck of the Miranda.
Erin is recent graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM) at California State University, Long Beach, where she received her Master's Degree in Music in 2017. With the BCCM Opera Institute, she performed roles such as the title character in Chérubin and Háta in The Bartered Bride, as well as scenes as Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), and Prince Charmant (Cendrillon). She is also passionate about new music, having sung with BCCM's New Music Ensemble and performing chamber works of student and established composers alike. At BCCM, she was a recipient of the Pritchard Opera Scholarship, Mary Israel Music Scholarship, and was the winner of the 2017 Vocal Concerto Competition, for which she sang Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the BCCM Symphony.
"Erin Alford drew a rounded and human portrait of the saintly Sister Helen...
In a church-bell-clear voice..."
- David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review
In the summer of 2017, Erin made her role debut as Sister Helen Prejean with the Miami Music Festival in the South Florida premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, a role that she prepared with artistic oversight from the composer himself. Heggie was also present at Erin's graduate recital, where she sang his Camille Claudel: Into the Fire with string quartet, and ended the evening with a fun encore of "Animal Passion" with Heggie at the piano. Other roles in Erin's repertoire include Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible and Laura in Iolanta.
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