Mezzo -Soprano Allison Swensen is an active singer throughout the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Taneyev's Upon Reading a Psalm and sang the title role in Bizet's Carmen with Syracuse Opera. Ms. Swensen has been a frequent guest artist with the Portland Opera where she sang the following roles: Olga Olsen in Kurt Weil's Street Scene, Bianca in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, and the role of Mary in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Critically acclaimed for her interpretation of Gustav Mahler, she has performed many of his works including: Songs of the Wayfarer with Columbia Symphony and Astoria Music Festival, Mahler's Second Symphony with Eugene Symphony and Spokane Symphony, Mahler's Third Symphony with Syracuse Symphony and Eugene Symphony, The Ruckert Lieder with the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Kindertoten Lieder with The Salem Chamber Orchestra and the University Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she recorded ‘The Voice" in Robert Caldwell's latest edition of The Singer's Voice educational video series.
Future engagements include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Newport Symphony, a faculty lieder recital with Anita King featuring Robert Schumann's Liederkreis, Das Lied von der Erde by Mahler at Willamette University, an operatic gala with Jeremiah Productions at the Old Church in Portland Oregon, The Verdi Requiem with the Festival Choral in Oregon, and the role of Marcellina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with Portland Opera Fall 2011.
Ms. Swensen has been a frequent guest artist with Syracuse Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Sarasota Opera and the Syracuse Opera. She has performed with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Portland Opera, The Boston Opera and Marin Opera.
Achievements include earning first place in the Metropolitan Opera's Portland District Competition and third place in the Seattle Regional Finals. Other honors include placing as a finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York and as third place in The Ellen Faull Gordon Competition in Oregon.
Ms. Swensen trained at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and was named outstanding Graduate. She holds a Master of Music degree from Binghamton University in New York. Currently, Allison serves on the voice faculty at Willamette University where she is also the director of the Opera Workshop.