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."
Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford has been praised for her “vocal sheen” and “stage presence that mark her as a young artist with a bright future.” This season, Erin makes her house and role debut as Second Woman and Dido cover in Dido and Aeneas with Opera San José, returns to Pensacola Opera as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and joins Opera Santa Barbara as a Chrisman Studio Artist, covering Hannah After in As One. As a 2020-2021 Pensacola Opera Artist in Residence, Erin performed Mercédès, and covered the title role, in Carmen, Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, the title role in the education production Cinderella, and Giannetta in an English adaptation of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, charmingly retitled Heartbreak High.
In the competition circuit, Erin was recently awarded a 2021 Encouragement Award by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Kansas City District, was selected as a 2021 semi-finalist in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, received the 2020 Bonnie Bell Encouragement Award from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, received the 2019 Audience Choice Award and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, San Diego District, and won first prize in the 2019 NATS-LA Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist Auditions.
A native of Long Beach, CA, Erin has sung in five productions with the LA Opera Chorus, including a small feature as Chorus Soloist in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice. Erin has also made frequent appearances with LA Opera Connects, formerly the Education and Community Engagement Dept., including performing in touring productions to local high schools as Nurse/A&R Rep in Orpheus, Angela in The Wreck of the Miranda (world premiere), stepping in to sing Alto in the SATB Quartet of the community opera Moses (world premiere), as well as singing in recitals as Sara in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Sesto/Annio in La Clemenza di Tito.
Other notable roles performed include Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Teatro Nuovo; Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, prepared with artistic oversight from composer Jake Heggie, in the South Florida premiere with Miami Music Festival; the title role in Chérubin and Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with CSULB Opera, Rebecca Nurse and Elizabeth Proctor cover in The Crucible again with MMF, and Laura in Iolanta with Russian Opera Workshop (RIP dear Ghenady Meirson).
A passionate interpreter of art song, Erin recently presented a recital of songs by women composers and poets juxtaposed against Schumann’s famous Frauenliebe und Leben for NATS-LA. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Erin has sung Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the CSULB Symphony as winner of the 2017 Vocal Concerto Competition, as well as performed as Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Bach’s B Minor Mass.
Erin received her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB in 2017, and her Bachelor of Art in Music from UC Berkeley. Offstage, you can find Erin doing yoga, taking a long walk by the beach, watering her many plants, or binge-watching Netflix with her cat, Mandy.