Alison Bolshoi fulfills the Wagner and Verdi repertoire with a vocal radiance and lyricism seldom heard in dramatic voices. Her insightful interpretation of each character makes her presence onstage mesmerizing.
In 2018, Ms. Bolshoi made her Carnegie Hall debut in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Initially a soprano, Ms. Bolshoi made her debut at La Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, in a concert featuring excerpts from Strauss’ Guntram, Reyer’s Sigurd, and Schillings’ Mona Lisa. Shortly after, she joined the roster of The San Francisco Opera to cover Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer.
Transition to Dramatic Contralto
Ms. Bolshoi has always believed she was a dramatic mezzo, yet deferred for years to her teachers and coaches, and worked instead as a dramatic soprano. In May of 2015, Ms. Bolshoi’s then teacher, Ruth Falcon, agreed, and helped her transition to mezzo, whereupon she immediately began getting work. In 2017, while studying with her current teacher, Andrea DelGiudice, Ms. Bolshoi was finally correctly “diagnosed” as a Dramatic Contralto and has now completed that transition. She has now sung the role of Brangäne twice and will sing it again in November 2018; she has sung Azzucena and Amneris and is working on Erda, Baba, Principessa and more.
Highlights of prior work as a Dramatic Soprano
Ms. Bolshoi sang her first Verdi Requiem with the NY Symphonic Arts Ensemble, for their 25 Year Anniversary Gala. Later in the year she was asked to sing the Berlioz La mort de Cléopâtre with the same company. Ms. Bolshoi made her debut as Isolde in a concert version of Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, with Opera Theatre of Montclair, in Montclair, New Jersey. Ms. Bolshoi created the role of Debbie Phillips in Bum Phillips: All American Opera, at the La Mama Theatre in NYC. The opera was received well by NY critics, and was brought to Houston, Texas in September 2015.
In 2011, Ms. Bolshoi was paired with Metropolitan Opera tenor Adam Klein to sing a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Hawthorne Symphony, NJ.
In 2009, Ms. Bolshoi was the soprano soloist for the opening gala concert at Český Krumlov, with the Prague Symphony, Czech Republic. In 2009, she performed Act I of Die Walküre with The Hawthorne Symphony of New Jersey.
In 2009, Ms. Bolshoi sang the role of Foreign Princess in Rusalka at the Český Krumlov Festival. The production took place in the historic Revolving Theatre, and Ms. Bolshoi became a spokesperson for the theatre. In February 2010 Ms. Bolshoi sang the Immolation and other Wagner selections with The Hawthorne Symphony, New Jersey. In January she gave a concert for Montclair, New Jersey’s First Night in Montclair. In May 2010 Ms. Bolshoi was requested to give a private concert of The Immolation from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, and other dramatic soprano selections, for the Guild of the New Jersey State Opera.
Ms. Bolshoi was the soprano soloist for the Alfredo Silipigni Memorial Concert with the New Jersey State Opera at NJPAC. She sang the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Il Piccolo Teatro dell’Opera, NY. She appeared as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier with the Huntsville Symphony, Alabama, and gave concerts as part of the Bach to Bartok Festival with the Accademia Pianistica, in Imola, Italy. She sang Leonore in Fidelio with One World Symphony, NY.
Ms. Bolshoi has sung multiple staged performances of Sieglinde and Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, and the Siegfried Brünnhilde, with the Wagner Festival Orchestra, NY. Her concerts with the company include the Senta/Dutchman duet from Der Fliegende Holländer and Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde, Acts I and III.
Ms. Bolshoi won the Liederkranz International Competition, Wagner Section, The Gerda Lissner Foundation Award, and the Altamura-Caruso Foundation Award. She has been recognized through continued awards and sponsorship by: The American Wagner Association, NY, The Wagner Society of New York, The Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program of Washington, D.C., and The Wagner Association of America, Chicago.
Ms. Bolshoi attended Rosemont University, PA, SUNY Fredonia University, NY, Hunter College, NY, and NYU, pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Film. She was a student of Uta Hagen, Early Hyman, and Ed Morehouse, of Herbert Berghof Studios, NY.
Ms. Bolshoi is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (“AGMA”), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (“NATS”), the Association of Teachers of Singing, United Kingdom (“AOTOS”), and the New York Singing Teachers Association (“NYSTA”).