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Mezzo –Soprano Allison Swensen is an
active singer throughout the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall
debut in the world premiere of Taneyev’s Upon Reading a Psalm and
sang the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Syracuse Opera. Ms.
Swensen has been a frequent guest artist with the Portland Opera where
she sang the following roles: Olga Olsen in Kurt Weil’s Street
Scene, Bianca in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, and the
role of Mary in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
Critically acclaimed for her interpretation of Gustav Mahler, she has
performed many of his works including: Songs of the Wayfarer
with Columbia Symphony and Astoria Music Festival,
Mahler’s Second Symphony with Eugene Symphony and Spokane
Symphony, Mahler’s Third Symphony with Syracuse Symphony and
Eugene Symphony, The Ruckert Lieder with the Tanglewood Music
Festival and the Kindertoten Lieder with The Salem Chamber
Orchestra and the University Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she
recorded ‘The Voice” in Robert Caldwell’s latest edition of The
Singer’s Voice educational video series.
Future engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
with the Newport Symphony, a faculty lieder recital with Anita King
featuring Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis, Das Lied von der Erde by
Mahler at Willamette University, an operatic gala with Jeremiah
Productions at the Old Church in Portland Oregon, The Verdi Requiem
with the Festival Choral in Oregon,a lieder recital with Richard Bower
at the Old Church in Portland Oregon and the role of Marcellina
in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Portland Opera fall
Ms Swensen has been a frequent guest artist with Syracuse
Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Sarasota Opera and the Syracuse Opera.
She has performed with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Yakima
Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Portland Opera, The
Boston Opera and Marin Opera.
Achievements include earning first place in the Metropolitan
Opera’s Portland District Competition and third place in the Seattle
Regional Finals. Other honors include placing as a finalist in the
Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York and as third place in The
Ellen Faull Gordon Competition in Oregon.
Ms Swensen trained at the University of Southern California,
where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and was named outstanding
Graduate. She holds a Master of Music degree from Binghamton University
in New York. Currently, Allison serves on the voice faculty at
Willamette University where she is also the director of the Opera