She made her New York City Opera debut in 2002, performing the role of Bess PORGY AND BESS and has since sung the role with Mobile Opera and again with Delaware Opera. She has also performed as the soprano soloist in concert versions of PORGY AND BESS with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, and in 2012 she performed in a similar concert also under Alsop with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra followed by a performance of the opera in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
After completing her Adler Fellowship with the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Buchanan made her mainstage debut in 1996 as Mimi LA BOHÈME and Micaela CARMEN. At San Francisco Opera she also appeared in HARVEY MILK, AIDA, RIGOLETTO,and ELEKTRA, and sang Blanche in a workshop for San Francisco Opera’s commission, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, working closely with the composer, Andre Previn.
In 1999, Ms. Buchanan performed Giunone IL POMO D’ORO by Cesti at the Batignano Festival in Italy, La Voix LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, and Pamina THE MAGIC FLUTE for a Pegasus Opera tour and Venus ORPHEUS AND THE UNDERWORLD for Opera Holland Park. Ms. Buchanan was selected by Sir Colin Davis to be the soprano soloist, performing with the European Union Youth Orchestra on a tour of Beethoven Missa Solemnis at La Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Basilique Saint Remi, the Flâneries Musicales d’Eté de Reims Festival, the Musique und Kongresshalle in Lübeck, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the Basilika of Kloster Eberbach in Wiesbaden for the Rheingau Music Festival. Ms. Buchanan joined Maestro Davis again for Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra (Munich). She performed the role of Elvira DON GIOVANNI for the Haydn Chamber Orchestra in London with Maestro Davis, and was the soprano soloist in a newly staged version of Haydn Creation, directed by John Abulafia as part of the Covent Garden Festival. Her other concert credits include two Gershwin evenings with pianist Clive Lythgoe, Strauss Four Last Songs with the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and recently with the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra, concerts and national broadcasts with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Mozart Requiem at St John’s, Smith Square, a Mozart Evening with the Belgian Chamber Orchestra and a Proms concert with the London Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
She has appeared at the Barbican Centre in Haydn The Seasons with Goldsmiths Choral Union Elijah with the Highgate Choral Society, a Gala with Viva Orchestra, a Prom’s Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Strauss songs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and Poulenc Gloria with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Originally from Bedford, England, Ms. Buchanan graduated from the Guildhall School of Music where she won many prestigious awards. She was the 1991 winner of the Maggie Teyte Competition and gave a recital at the Royal Opera House as part of the prize. Shortly afterwards she received a Wingate Scholarship and a Countess of Munster award enabling her to study for her Masters at the Curtis Institute. Alison Buchanan was also a winner of the Washington International Competition in 1995, the Pavarotti Competition in 1996, the Kathleen Ferrier Competition in 1996 and a finalist in the Belvedere Competition 1997.
Ebben! Ne Andro Lontana – LA WALLY by Alfredo Catalani
My Man’s Gone Now – PORGY AND BESS by George Gershwin
Vocal & Opera Consultant