American soprano Alicia Russell debuts with Lyric Opera and MassOpera in the upcoming 2019-20 season
Soprano Alicia Russell has been singing throughout the United States since 2013, when she made her debut performance in her hometown with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. In the 2019–2020, Ms. Russell will perform as resident artist at Seagle Music Colony for the fall season, where she sings outreach opera and a Cole Porter revue tour through the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Ms. Russell returns to Toledo Opera to debut the role of Musetta in La boheme, after spending the past season as their soprano resident artist. She also makes her compnay debut in June 2020 with Lyric Opera Unlimited in the anticipated Chicago premiere of Blue. Her recent performances include Samantha/Silver Dollar in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Frasquita in Carmen at Toledo Opera, as well as Daisy Buchanan in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby and Charlene in Christopher Weiss’s Service Provider during her second season as a young artist at Seagle Music Colony. She has also appeared, as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Savitri, and Elaine in Later the Same Evening with Northwestern University Opera Theater; Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Seagle Music Colony and Furman University.
Equally recognized for her concert performances, Ms. Russell appears this season as the soprano soloist Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Highland Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Last March, she sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and will perform as a recitalist with the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago this coming spring 2020. Past concert performances include Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominium, Utrecht Te Deum and Messiah; Honnegger’s King David; Mozart’s Requiem and Missa in C Minor; and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, RV 807.
A competitive force, Ms. Russell was honored as an Encouragement Award recipient at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in January 2019 (Middle/East Tennessee district). She was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Orpheus Vocal Competition. She also won the 2018 Northwestern University Concerto/Aria Competition and received the Ginger Meyer Scholarship in the 2018 Musicians Club of Women Competition. In 2018, she won the Evanston Musicians’ Club Scholarship and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Bel Canto Foundation Competition. She holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Music from Furman University.