Alison was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies in 2009 and her Advanced Diploma of Opera in 2012.

Most recently Alison covered the role of Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with Scottish Opera, and performed the majority of the role in the Nixon Unwrapped performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh under the baton of Susannah Wapshott. 

Alison's recent roles include covering Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo for the English Touring Opera (where she had the opportunity to sing the role for the final week of rehearsal), she also performed 2nd woman and ensemble in the 8 person production of the triple bill "I Will Not Speak" (ETO) which included Gesualdo Madrigals, Jonas and Dido and Aeneas. She also performed Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni for Waterperry Opera's inaugural festival at Waterperry House and Gardens. 

 

Whilst in the UK Alison has performed the roles of Armide in Gluck's opera of the same name with the Yorke Trust, Norfolk as well as Euterpe in Gluck's "Il Parnaso Confuso" with Les Bougies Baroques in the beautiful period Wilton's Music Hall. She has been a company member with the English Touring Opera for many seasons playing "Lady Saphir" in Patience, "Amelia Earhart" in Silver Electra, "Sylvia" in Dust child, covering Musetta, Donna Elvira and a Priestess in La Boheme, Don Giovanni and Iphigenie en Tauride and also performing in the chorus.

 

Alison was a member of the Opera Australia chorus for Handa's Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly 2014. It was a fantastic experience involving a floating stage, fireworks,  and a cast of over 60, with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour bridge and Sydney cityscape as backdrop.

 

She was the winner of the 2012 AIMS/Sundell award from the Opera Foundation Australia through which she travelled to Austria to take part in a six week intensive course in all things opera. The American Institute of Music Studies (AIMS) was a fantastic opportunity to perform, study and learn from her American peers and mentors. Whilst in Graz Alison performed in ten public concerts and was the winner of the AIMS Meistersinger competition. To see her winning aria click on the media tab.

Whilst in the UK she has had the privilege to study with renowned Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny - who has been an ongoing inspiration to her from the first days of her listening to classical music and finding her own voice. 

 

She has taken part in master classes with Susan Bullock, Christa Ludwig, Grahame Pushee, Elizabeth Connell, Michael Lewis, Paulo Micchichi, and Emma Matthews.

 

Alison was also a finalist in the 2011 Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York scholarship and the 2011 Cologne Opera Scholarship. 

 

 Whilst keen to continue honing her craft in Europe, especially in the UK and the German speaking world, her heart will always stay in Australia, and it is her dream to perform on the stage in the Sydney Opera House where her love for the artform was born.

 

Alison is incredibly grateful to the Australia Council for the Arts. Without their support through awarding her a Skills and Arts development grant her study in the United Kingdom in 2014 would not have been possible.

 

Thanks must also be given to the Opera Foundation Australia without whom the beginning of this amazing adventure would not have been possible and the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation who generously helped support her in her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 

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