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 a mesmerizing experience. In the summer of 2015, Ms. Bolshoi transitioned from soprano to mezzo at the suggestion of her teacher, Ruth Falcon. She was immediately hired by the International Wagner Festival to be the company’s resident dramatic mezzo-soprano, and will be performing Brangäne in an orchestrated concert of Tristan und Isolde in the US in January, and then Prague and Romania in the summer of 2016. Upcoming productions with the company include Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal (Kundry), The Ring Cycle (Fricka and Waltraute) and Lohengrin (Venus), all over the next three years.
In 2015 Ms. Bolshoi reprised the role of Debbie in Bum Phillips All American Opera, which was performed in Houston, Texas. 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 Cleopatre with the same company. In 2014, 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 made her debut at La Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, in a Wagner concert. Shortly after, she joined the roster of The San Francisco Opera to cover Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer. Ms. Bolshoi joined the roster of The San Francisco Opera to cover Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, and 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. 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, and was the soprano soloist for the Alfredo Silipigni Memorial Concert with the New Jersey State Opera at NJPAC.
Between 2008-2010, Ms. Bolshoi was the soprano soloist for the opening gala concert at Český Krumlov, with the Prague Symphony, Czech Republic, and performed the role of Foreign Princess in Dvorak’s Rusalka.
Ms. Bolshoi has sung under the baton of Donald Runnicles, John Keenan, Joseph Colaneri, Daniel Raiskin, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Alex Guzman, Marina Alexander, David Gilbert, John Minkoff, Sun Jin Hong, Roger Malouf and Giovanni Regioli. She has worked under the direction of Niklaus Lehnhoff, Josef Prudek, Gary Race, Will Bryan, Carol Kafka, and Vera Calabria.
Ms. Bolshoi is a student of Ruth Falcon, and is coached by conductor John Keenan, of the Metropolitan Opera.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Bolshoi is an award recipient of the Liederkranz Foundation, Wagner Division; the Gerda Lissner Foundation Award, and the Altamura-Caruso Foundation Award. She is also a recipient of multiple grants from The American Wagner Association (NY), The Wagner Society of New York; and The Wagner Association of America (Chicago).
“In the other glamour role — as Phillips’ second wife, Debbie — Alison Bolshoi unfurled a plush and lovely dramatic soprano tone.”
– James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, March 2014
“Alison Bolshoi, as Leonore from Act I of the opera Fidelio, confirmed all our expectations of a professional and experienced performer. In the third act aria … she enthralled us by her heartfelt pianissimo solo, accompanied by the cello, adding even more to her wide dynamic range, and her concept of the acting was excellent.”
– Rafael Brom, Hubední Rozledy, Musical Views Magazine (Prague) September 2008