Monte CarloAlison has been applauded for her abilities as a recitalist, she has an ongoing duo with pianist Eugene Asti and they have given recitals in Montenegro at the Kotor Festival, at the Madison Chamber Music Festival, at St. Johns Smith Square, at the Cheltenham Festival, Gibraltar and in the Crush bar of the Royal Opera House. Additionally Alison has given recitals for Friday Musicale in Jacksonville, for the Schwabacher Debut recital series with pianist Mikael Eliason and has been presented in recitals by Four Season Concerts in Oakland and San Francisco. Alison is passionate about exploring the vocal chamber music literature and is the soprano of the Ritz Chamber Players, the group have performed at Jacoby Symphony Hall (where they have their home series), they have been presented by Coca Cola in Atlanta, by the Birmingham Chamber Music Festival, and have given concerts in Baltimore, New York (Weil Hall), Atlanta and Seattle to name but a few places and have had residences with the Baltimore School of the Arts and at the Julliard School of Music. Alison performs regularly at the Madison Chamber Music festival and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

Prom QueenAs the self proclaimed ‘Prom Queen of England’ Alison has been seen throughout the uk donned in a dress made out of the Union Jack with orchestra such as the Royal Philharmonic, The BBC Concert Orchestra and the Viva Orchestra performing proms concerts in places such as Glastonbury, at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Rochester Castle (performing on one occasion with Tony Hadley from the group Spandau Ballet). Alison was also asked to replace diva Montserrat Caballe for a proms concert with the Royal Philharmonic at Kenmore in London. Alison was a frequent guest of ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ a live BBC 2 Radio program performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In past seasons Alison premiered the role of The Survivor in HEAR OUR VOICE an opera by Jonathon Dove with performances in London, Prague and Germany, sang the 1st Lady, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Michigan Opera Theatre, sang the role of Elvira, DON GIOVANNI with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation for the Covent Garden Opera Festival, Bess and Dolores CONCHITAat theWexford Festival, Frasquita for Central Festival Opera and Micaela, CARMEN for Pegasus Opera. Other world premieres include the role of the Spirits in Elena Ruehr’s opera TOUSSAINT BEFORE THE SPIRITS for the Boston Modern Opera project and the role of Deborahin ON LONDON FIELDS by Mathew King in London for the Hackney Musical Development Trust.

Alison sang the last scene of Salome with the Philippines Philharmonic in Manilla, has sung Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Macedonian Philharmonic, performed in a concert conducted by Jose Cura for the Plymouth Internationl Music Festival, joined the Little Orchestra Society of New York to sing the role of Lady Maude, EILEEN by Victor Herbert and Mozart’s REQUIEM and joined the Jacksonville Symphony to sing the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria. Other oratorio performances include Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH in London and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, her Carnegie Hall debut sing Mozart’s CORONATION MASS and Michael Tippett’s A CHILD OF OUR TIME with the Huddersfield Choral Society.

Originally from Bedford, England Alison graduated from the Guildhall School of Music. She is the winner of the Maggie Teyte Competition, the Washington International Competition (‘95), the Pavarotti Competition (‘96) and the Kathleen Ferrier Competition (‘96) Alison won several scholarships enabling her to study a Masters degree at the Curtis Institute, while at Curtis Alison covered at the roles of Margueritein FAUST and Fiordiligiin COSI FAN TUTTE for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. As an Adler Fellow with The San Francisco Opera, Buchanan made her 1996 debut with the company as Mimi in La Bohème, covered the role of Micaela in Carmen going on to great acclaim; she also appeared in Harvey Milk, Aida, Rigoletto, Elektraand sang the role of Blanche in a workshop for A Street Car Named Desire, working closely with Andre Previn. Whilst an Adler Fellow Alison joined Placido Domingo and Franco Zefferelli to cover the role of Nedda, I PAGLIACCI for Los Angeles Opera.

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