Praised for her musical versatility, her luscious voice and her ability to communicate with an audience, British soprano Alison Buchanan is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Alison is the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier, the Luciano Pavarotti, the Washington International and the Maggie Teyte competitions.
As a young artist with San Francisco Opera, Alison made her debut with the company as Mimi in La Boheme whilst an Adler she was invited to L.A Opera to sing Nedda in I Pagliacci working with Placido Domingo and Franco Zeffirelli. Alison has performed with New York City Opera as Bess in Porgy & Bess and Elvira in Don Giovanni, Opera company of Philadelphia, Michigan Opera and Wexford Opera. She has performed under the batons of Sir. Simon Rattle, Sir. Colin Davis, Donald Runnicles and David Robertson to name but a few, with orchestra’s such as the Royal Philharmonic, the Philippines Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In recent seasons, the soprano made her Carnegie Hall Debut, returned to New York City Opera for Margaret Garner, an opera by Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison, performed at Sadlers Wells in London for Pegasus Opera in the opera Koanga by Frederick Delius, joined Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra for performances and a recording of Peter Grimes, Britten, and gave recitals in Madison-Georgia, Oakland-California, Montenegro in the Balkans, Jacksonville and Gibraltar. Buchanan made her debut singing the role of Tosca at the festival de Sédières in France and performed at the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals. In addition the Soprano joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Porgy & Bess conducted by Marin Alsop and made her Royal Opera House, Linbury theatre debut in the Opera YES composed by Errollyn Wallen, returning for the ROH2 initiative ‘Exposure Opera’ championing the works of emerging opera composers.
More recently, Ms. Buchanan joined Marin Alsop for performances in Brazil with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, returned to the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform in Porgy & Bess, gave recitals in St. Louis, Washington DC and in Jacksonville, performed the role of Janthe in Der Vampyr with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, performed concerts with the Detroit Symphony and gave a recital at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Buchanan recently released a recording of the songs of Dr. George Walker accompanied by the composer for Albany records, sang Knoxville Summer 1915, Barber, at the Kennedy Center with the Apollo Orchestra and joined members of the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony for the Classical Pops Festival in Barbados.