Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano, grand finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is in her first year of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship program. In the upcoming season, she will be covering the role of Sara, Duchess of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and will be making her main stage debut in Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life as the alto soloist in the angel quartet.
In the summer of 2017 Ms. Dixon sang the role of Popova in William Walton’s The Bear with the Merola Opera Program. There she also covered the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and ended her summer season on the War Memorial Opera House stage singing an aria from Massent’s Cendrillon.
Ms. Dixon’s 16-17 season included her debut with Michigan Opera Theater in Copland’s The Tender Land as Mrs. Splinters. In concert, Ms. Dixon appeared on the Hill Auditorium stage as mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in Schubert’s Ständchen. She also sang the title role in a concert performance of Pucell’s Dido and Aeneas. In the same year, the Gerda Lissner Foundation awarded her the Encouragement Award for their Song / Lieder Competition in New York.
In past seasons, Ms. Dixon was engaged as a young artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera where she made her professional debut as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata. Her inaugural summer at the Merola Opera Program had her singing La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium. There, she and the esteemed collaborator Martin Katz presented a recital of song and arias. Ms. Dixon holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University.