Coloratura soprano Alison Trainer is a gifted singing actress, who has garnered top prizes in several major vocal competitions and is increasingly gaining recognition for her vocal beauty, sensitive and intelligent musicianship, and compelling stage presence. Alison recently received glowing reviews for her European debut as Fiakermilli in Arabella in St. Gallen, Switzerland: The St. Galler Nachrichten raved, “Completely amazing were the vocal acrobatics of Fiakermilli, sung by Alison Trainer with virtuosic and sparkling coloratura.” This season, she returned to St. Gallen to sing Adele in Die Fledermaus, Lisa in La sonnambula, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Pousette in Manon. Upcoming role debuts with Theater St. Gallen include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, and Walther in La Wally.
As a trained dancer and certified yoga instructor, Alison's versatility on stage is matched only by her exceptional musicianship and uniquely beautiful sound. For her performance as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the Baltimore Sun hailed Alison “a convincing actress with a voice of radiant beauty.” After her performances as Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Cleveland Opera, Opera News reported that “Alison Trainer was a pert, lovable Adina, as alert to singing beautifully as to communicating the character’s building love for Nemorino.” Ms. Trainer has also performed as a soloist with New York City Opera, New Jersey Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Asheville Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Symphony & Ballet, Sinfonie St. Gallen, and the National Chorale in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
Equally at home on the recital stage, Alison is known for her commitment to exploring and performing a vast array of song repertoire. Ms. Trainer has performed in recital at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, San Francisco Opera Center's prestigious Schwabacher Recital Series, Glimmerglass Opera, Josyln Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, Trinity Church on Wall Street, and the Southeastern Festival of Song.
Ms. Trainer was a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, first place winner in New York City's Liederkranz Competition, second place winner of the Opera Index Competition, and was a top prize winner in the Sullivan Foundation Competition.

Alison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Music from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from Cincinnati Conservatory, an Artist Diploma from the Opera Institute at Boston University, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Stony Brook University. She has been an apprentice artist with Glimmerglass Opera and San Francisco Opera’s Merola program, and a vocal fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival.

Name Title Description
D.M.A from Stony Brook University

Artist Diploma from the Opera Institute at Boston University

Master of Music degree from Cincinnati Conservatory

Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Music from Indiana University

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