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,
, 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.