Alison Scherzer

soprano voice
biography

Praised for her "high, sweet coloratura" and "expressive countenance", Minnesota native Alison Scherzer made her European debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode and will be performing Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel this fall with the Kammeroper Köln. Other roles include Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Dalinda and Odoardo in Ariodante, Zerbinetta and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone, Curley's Wife in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Maria in Sound of Music.  


Ms. Scherzer's concert and oratorio experience includes the soprano solos in Fauré's Requiem, Poulenc's Gloria, Mondonville's Dominus Regnavit, 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

Also an enthusiastic recitalist, Ms. Scherzer enjoys programming standard and modern art song repertoire as well as cabaret.  She is currently a soloist in The Cast, an international operatic ensemble about which a documentary film entitled Operatic was released in 2015.

Ms. Scherzer holds Bachelor's degrees in German and Music from the University of Minnesota-Morris and attended the prestigious University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a student of Barbara Paver for her Master of Music and Artist Diploma studies.  At CCM she received the Norman Treigle Memorial Award and a Dieterle Chair Scholarship, and was awarded a CCM Spoleto Fellowship, the Mercer Fund, and a University of Cincinnati International Grant for international music and linguistic studies in Spoleto and Lucca, Italy, and in 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 Music Festival in Graz, and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute.



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Short Profile

NameScherzer, Alison
Born inUnited States, North America
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German,  French,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesUniversity of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music
Reviews
Gänsehautstimmung im Marstall
2015-07-27 Volkstimme.de, Wernigerode
"American soprano Alison Scherzer captured the age of cabaret and enchanted the audience with her voice and charm. Whether bewitching the ice cream man in 'Amor' or romanticizing 'Bill', whether giving Piaf's 'La vie en rose' or 'Davon geht die Welt nicht unter' during the raging storm outside - Scherzer created an atmosphere in the hall that gave one goosebumps."

"Die amerikanische Sopranistin Alison Scherzer entführte in die Zeit des Cabarets und bezauberte das Publikum mit Charme und Stimme...Ob sie den Eismann in "Amor" becircte oder von ihrem "Bill" schwärmte, ob sie mit "La vie en rose" die Piaf gab oder mit "Davon geht die Welt nicht unter" gegen den draußen wütenden Sturm ansang - Scherzer sorgte für Gänsehautstimmung im Saal.
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Wernigerode ganz im Stil der großen Diven
2015-07-27 Newspaper, Wernigerode
"Ein Herzenswunsch ging damit in Erfüllung, ihre gesangliche Spannbreite mit dem Orchester an einem einmaligen vergänglichen Abend zu zeigen."

"A heartfelt wish came true, as she displayed her vocal breadth with the orchestra on a unique, ephemeral evening.
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Kaffee mit der Sopranistin
2015-05-13 Webpage, Köln
"Wenn ihr ein Moment habt, dann erzähle ich euch, wie Alison mir ein besonderes Bild auf die alte Dame Oper vermittelt hat und warum ich von ihr in mehrfacher Hinsicht überrascht wurde."

"If you have a moment, I would like to explain how Alison conveyed a unique perspective of the 'opera dame' and how she surprised me in more ways than one.
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(Anke von Heyl, Kulturkussi)
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The Cast – ein nicht klassisches Musikerlebnis
2014-06-02 Webpage, Köln
"...ein Ensemble junger klassischer Sänger, die Richard Wagner mit seiner Aufforderung: „Kinder, schafft neues!" beim Wort nehmen und den steifen, formellen konzertanten Rahmen, den klassische Musik normalerweise umgibt, einfach entfernen...Es ist genau das, was sich The Cast zur Aufgabe gemacht hat, was mich so begeistert: Die Darbietung klassicher Musik von Steifheit und erstarrter Ehrfurcht zu befreien, mit dem Publikum zu interagieren und Emotionen zu teilen."

"…an ensemble of young classical singers, who take Richard Wagner ("Children, create something new!") at his word and simply remove the stiff, formal concert etiquette that typically surrounds classical music…It is exactly that, the task that The Cast had taken on, that has so impressed me: the presentation of classical music free of rigidity and stiff reverence; interaction with the audience and the sharing of emotion.
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(Ute Vogel, Die Herbergsmütter)
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Maximilian Ponader inszeniert Mozarts Oper „Don Giovanni“
2013-08-11 Webpage, Wernigerode
"...während der federleichte, höhenfreudige Sopran von Alison Scherzer perfekt zur Rolle der Zerlina passt."

"While the feathery light, high-note loving soprano of Alison Scherzer perfectly fits the role of Zerlina.
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(Michael Schäfer, Göttinger Tageblatt)
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Bauernmädchen erobert Herzen der Schlossfestspiel-Besucher
2013-08-12 Newspaper, Wernigerode
"Für viele Besucher von Mozarts 'Don Giovanni' ist sie eigentlich Star des diesjährigen Schlossfestspiel-Oper… In der Oper überzeugt sie das Publikum mit einer außergewöhnlich klaren Sopranstimme.  Doch vor allem ihre facettenreiche Mimik und die humorvolle Darstellung des einfachen Provinz-Mädchens... sichern ihr die Sympathien der Gäste."

"To many visitors of Mozart's Don Giovanni, she is the star of this year's Castle Festival opera...in the opera she wins over the public with an exceptionally clear soprano voice. But above all, her expressive countenance and humorous portrayal of the simple country girl [Zerlina]... ensures the sympathy of the audience.
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(Harzer Volksstimme)
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CCM adapts Steinbeckʼs classic into opera
 Webpage, Cincinnati
"Scherzer's high soprano is lovely and strong."
(Ariel Cheung, The News Record)
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Of Mice and Men to Die For
2010-05-14 Webpage, Cincinnati
"Scherzer flaunted a high, sweet, coloratura as the lonely, neglected wife, nailing her often
jagged lines and high notes with precision."
(Music in Cincinnati)
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