Ashley Becker
New England Third Place Winner, 2006

Canadian/American soprano Ashley Becker has maintained her interest in Slavic opera, performing Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and a program of Russian romances with the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia last summer. In June, as a Professional Fellow with Songfest 2014 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Ashley performed two recitals, “Voices of Russia” and “A Journey of Song.” Also last season, she performed a recital at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY.


A native of Lowville, New York, Ashley received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and her Master of Music in Solo Song from McGill University. The soprano performed the role of Elettra in Idomeneo with Opera McGill and joined the McGill Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” She took on the roles of the Baroness von Gondremarck in La Vie Parisienne and Mimì in La bohème as a Young Artist with Toronto’s Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and performed as an apprentice with the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake (NY), Opera New Jersey, the Opera Company of North Carolina, and Shreveport Opera.


Ashley’s career highlights include the title role in Janáček’s  Jenůfa with New York’s Opera Slavica, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and a tour of Quebec with the Montreal West Operatic Society as Angelina in Trial by Jury. She also joined New York’s One World Symphony first in excerpts from Madama Butterfly (as Cio-Cio San) and Otello (as Desdemona), and later in arias from A Streetcar Named Desire. She has performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as a featured performer in their Young People's Concerts series and in outreach concerts with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, LA), and as a soloist with the Choeur Classique de Montreal and Toronto’s Opera in Concert.


Ashley has earned recognition in a variety of competitions. In 2013 she was awarded the Lynne Strow Piccolo Award in the Connecticut Concert Opera Competition and was one of four finalists in the Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos. Earlier she earned second place in the Student division of the Orpheus Music Competition, and first place in the Young Artists Division of the Charles A. Lynam Competition. Ashley has also been the recipient of many University awards and scholarships, including the Jean L. Millar Scholarship and the Gaelyng Gabora Prize.



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