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Erin Alford

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford kicks off her 2023-2024 season with a role and house debut as Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro with Opera Southwest, followed by performances in two LA Opera Connects outreach productions, Figaro Opera Tales! and Orpheus, appearances in recital with Pacific Opera Project (POP) and the Ebell of Los Angeles, and performances of Handel’s Messiah with POP and First Church Miami. Last season she joined Florida Grand Opera as a Studio Artist, where she was seen as Fidalma in El matrimonio secreto, La Ciesca in a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi & Buoso’s Ghost, and covered Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Erin’s performance of Fidalma was lauded as “statuesque and spunky,” and she was praised for her “powerful mezzo” and for “exhibit[ing] the best sense of classical style in the cast” (South Florida Classical Review). In the 2021-22 season, Erin performed Second Woman and Dido cover in Dido and Aeneas with Opera San José, returned to Pensacola Opera as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and joined Opera Santa Barbara as a Chrisman Studio Artist, covering Hannah After in As One and performing song cycle The Starry Night with renowned American composer Jake Heggie at the piano. Additionally, Erin was named a 2022 Tennessee District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. Other notable roles performed include Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the title role in Massenet’s Chérubin, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Mercédès in Carmen, and Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore. Erin received her Master of Music in her hometown at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and earned her Bachelor of Art in Music at UC Berkeley.


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