Alison M. Tupay
Mezzo-soprano
New England Second Place Winner, 2000

Alison Tupay has joined the voice faculty of the Cortland School for the Performing Arts in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, where she recently took part in a recital of songs and arias by Schumann, Mozart and Paul Salerni, a program she encores this fall at Lehigh University. A native of Buffalo, New York, the mezzo received a Bachelor of Music Degree at Boston University, a Master of Music at the Juilliard School, and an Artist Diploma in Opera with the Juilliard Opera Center. She attended the Phyllis Curtin Seminar at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998 and the Chautauqua Institute for Vocal Studies in 1999 and 2000. Alison was also a young artist with the Berkshire Opera Company in 2001, and attended San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program in 2003, appearing as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

 

Alison soon made her made her New York City Opera debut as Modestina in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, and her Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut as Nancy T’ang in John Adams’ Nixon in China.  She later returning to that company as an artist-in-residence, joining the company as Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and also as Lisbé in Grétry’s Zémire and Azor, which she later encored with Arizona Opera. A special role for the mezzo was Der Trommler ( the Drummer Girl) in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis, written while the composer was at the Teresienstadt concentration camp: she performed the role with the New World Symphony in New York and Miami, at the Ravinia Music Festival, and at the Spoleto Festival in Italy with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the Houston Grand Opera affiliated production. More recently, Alison participated in Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in Virginia, where she appeared as Bianca in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.

 

Alison Tupay was a study grant winner in the Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation competition and a winner of the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the MacAllister Awards Career Grant ,and the Elihu Hyndman Memorial Award through Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as an Encouragement Award through The Sullivan Foundation.

 

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