Master5Press for Contralto Performances

“Brangane, Isolde’s maid, was performed by Alison Bolshoi. Although she was a soprano, she is now a contralto. She has an exciting and even, big booming voice from top to bottom. The lower notes of her contralto voice are absolutely gorgeous. Her singing of Brangane’s watch, in Act II, was outstanding.”  –Voce di Meche, December 2018

“In the other glamour role – as Phillips’ second wife, Debbie – Alison Bolshoi unfurled a plush and lovely dramatic mezzo soprano tone.” -James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, March 2015

“Alison Bolshoi is excellent as Bum’s second wife, Debbie, singing an aria about Bum’s retirement that is as refreshing as the glass of sweet tea she downs at the close of the song.” -Zachary Stewart, Theater Mania, March 2014

Charming, too, is a love song sung to Bum by Debbie, his second wife, played by Alison Bolshoi.  She manages to sing the words “Bum… Bum…” quite movingly, and when she ropes him with a lariat it looks sweet rather than silly.  A wonderful performer, Bolshoi is onstage far too little.” Stage, March 2014

Press for Soprano Performances

“Alison Bolshoi, as Leonora from Act I of the opera Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven, confirmed all our expectations of a professional and experienced performer.  Her self-confident entry after the opening of the bass orchestra’s introduction reverberated in forté, in a beautiful natural color of voice, which softened in lower notes to a velveteen shade.  Ms. Bolshoi reached charming harmony with the oboe solo in the Amelia aria from Act II of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.  [She] also pleased the audience by her dramatization and convincing expression in the difficult passage, and was amazingly impressive in a contrasting discourse with the oboe in the beautiful Miserere. In the third act aria of Amelia from the same opera, she enthralled us by her heartfelt solo, accompanied by the cello, adding even more to her wide dynamic range, and her concept of the acting was excellent.  In the trio from Act II of Don Giovanni by the divine Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, her outstanding soprano surpassed the bass and baritone with the highest forcibility.” -Rafael Brom, Hubední Rozledy, September 2008 [Musical Views Magazine, Prague]

“Dramatic soprano Alison Bolshoi[‘s] … singing of Senta’s Ballade from Wagner’s Flying Dutchman was on the level of Rysanek, and her acting skill was quite apparent. Like Rysanek, Bolshoi seems a perfect voice for Verdi heroines and even possibly Puccini’s Turandot. This American artist bears watching.” John Paul Keeter, The Register-Star, August 2006

“On stage there were the master craftsmen…soprano Alison Bolshoi, whose “Pace, pace mio Dio,” from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino,” showed off a magnificent, large and complex voice and a stately grasp of emotional delivery.” -Willa J. Conrad, Star Ledger, NJ, Wednesday, June 14, 2006

“Soprano Alison Bolshoi’s rich voice reminded one of Helen Traubel. She sang Leonore’s aria from Beethoven’s Fidelio more wonderfully than the artist that recently sang the role in a “Met” broadcast.” -John Paul Keeter, The Register-Star, April 2006