"a highlight of the evening"
- lawrence budmen, south florida classical review
American mezzo-soprano Erin Alford has garnered acclaim on the operatic stage for her "church-bell-clear voice." In the 2019-20 season, Erin will sing the role of Nurse/A&R Rep in Orpheus with LA
Opera Connects, as well as join the LA Opera Chorus for La Bohème, Resident Artist Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice (world-premiere), 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 is thrilled to present a recital in October, co-sponsored by NATS-LA and her alma mater, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. In November, Ms. Alford 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, Ms. Alford 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 Education & Community Engagement's Secondary In-School Opera tour of The Wreck of the Miranda.
In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Alford made her mainstage debut with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus in Les pecheurs de pêrles under the batons of Plácido Domingo and Grant Gershon, sang as Alto Soloist in Bach's Magnificat with MiraCosta College Choirs, and sang excerpts as Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte with Teatro Nuovo's inaugural season.
Ms. Alford 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. 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.
In the summer of 2017, Ms. Alford 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 Ms. Alford'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 Ms. Alford's repertoire include Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible and Laura in Iolanta.
Ms. Alford is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, where she maintains a private vocal studio. For studio policies & pricing, click here.
Click here to read Ms. Alford's graduate thesis, "Remembering Her Passionate Voice: A Performer's Guide to Jake Heggie's Camille Claudel: Into the Fire."
"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
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