Personal Statement: Whether experiencing the art form as a performer or an audience, music can inspire answers to unformulated questions, reveal (sub)conscious parallels within our own lives, and exist simply to celebrate one of the higher context contributions to humanity. As a profession, it is an adherence to developing the highest levels of ability and the lifelong process of pushing that level as high as one possibly can.
My interest in performing lies in exploring the complexities of human behavior as they are represented musically, using notation as a blueprint for characterization. Expression of emotion is inherently more deeply felt through music as a medium, and requires a balance between the creativity utilized through interpretation and the necessity of technical proficiency in order to fully realize any compositional work. To live the human experience musically, with respect to tradition and innovation, on stage and in service of an audience giving of their time and attention, is the greatest challenge and privilege any musician could hope to experience.
Praised for her "high, sweet coloratura" and "nuanced portrayal", soprano Alison Scherzer's creative portfolio spans opera, concert, musical theater, film and television. She will be joining Equilibrium Young Artists in the 20/21 season as the Queen in the world premiere of Gerald Barry's Salome, conducted by Barbara Hannigan at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Ludwig Orchestra at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Ms. Scherzer recently made her debut with Nouvel Opéra Fribourg as Cecily Cardew in Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest. Previously, she performed as a soloist at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz-Zittau, where she sang Maid in Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face, Franziska Cagliari in Wiener Blut, Ulla in The Producers, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Stella/Ella in Frau Luna. Other roles include Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dalinda and Odoardo in Ariodante, Zerbinetta and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Curley's Wife in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Maria in The Sound of Music.
Ms. Scherzer's concert and oratorio experience include the soprano solos in Fauré's Requiem, Poulenc's Gloria, Mondonville's Dominus Regnavit, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium and Johannespassion, Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Deutsches Requiem and Liebeslieder Walzer, and as Lieschen in Bach's Kaffee Kantate.
Ms. Scherzer attended the prestigious University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM) for her Master of Music and Artist Diploma studies. At CCM she received the Norman Treigle Memorial Award, Dieterle Chair Scholarship, CCM Spoleto Fellowship, Mercer Fund and University of Cincinnati International Grants for music and linguistic studies in Spoleto and Lucca, Italy, and Lyon, France. She has participated in the Wernigeröder Schloßfestspiele, Pine Mountain Music Festival, CCM Spoleto, the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival, Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, AIMS Festival in Graz, and the Wesley-Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute.