Dr. Allison Stanford | Soprano
About Allison Stanford
“Soprano Allison Stanford is currently based in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2008, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from ASU in December 2015. She attended ASU on both academic and music scholarships, and studied voice with baritone Robert Barefield and soprano Carole Fitzpatrick. Allison earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi, where she studied under mezzo-soprano Cynthia Linton. She has sung a variety of roles in opera, operetta, and musical theater, including Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, The Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Mabel in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!. Her professional debut was with the Phoenix Symphony, under the baton of Michael Christie, as the Sparrow in their production of the World War II opera Brundibár. Consequently, the Phoenix Symphony invited her to perform again as a soloist in both Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Ballet Arizona’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is a past winner of the National Opera Association Competition and was a national finalist in both the Macaroni Grill Opera Sing-Off and the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.”
El Compadre! | La Paz, Bolivia | July 2017
“I just got home from the opening night performance and I am still reeling from excitement! There really is nothing like live performance…no matter how prepared I am, how much I know the music backwards and forwards, I still feel like I am on a roller coaster ride while performing in an opera, the exception being that instead of screaming, I am singing my emotions on thrilling, beautiful musical phrases. The icing on the cake here in La Paz is that the composer Nicolás Suárez is one of the producers, and to hear him tell me afterward that he is so happy to have me collaborating with him on this project; well that is what every singer dreams of hearing from a composer!”
In this photo, Flor is meeting El Compadre, who is taken with her and the dance she just performed on his tv show.
Photo Credit: Tony Suárez.
Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) Recital at Arizona State University | October 2015