- Biography -

Alison Browner was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied musicology at Trinity College there as well as taking tuition in violin and singing at Dublin College of Music. (During that time she sang in the chorus there)  From here she graduated in 1978.  In 1979 she was awarded a DAAD-scholarship for studying singing to Germany, where she continued her studies under Claus Ocker at the Academy of Music in Hamburg with treading to the Chorus of Northern Germany Broadcasting.  In 1981 she received her diploma in song and concert.  Later on she continued her education with Hans Hotter in Munich, where she belonged to the Opernstudio of the Bavarian State Opera as a mezzo-soprano.

 

In 1983 she made her first success at the Ludwigsburg castle festival as "Annius" in Mozart's Titus.

 

From 1984 to 1987 she was exclusive ensemble member at the State theatre in Darmstadt, where she had aroused her interest as "Dorabella" in Mozart's Cose fan tutte, "Charlotte" in Massenet's Werther and hardly coloratura part of "Angelina" in Rossini's La Cenerentola.

 

From 1987 to 1991 she was an ensemble member at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, where she enjoyed special success in the Strauss roles of the composer and "Octavian" (The Rosenkavalier) as well as the great Mozart ("Cherubino" The Wedding of Figaro) and Rossini ("Rosina" The Barber of Sevilla) parts for mezzo.

 

She has already sung as "Blumenmaedchen" (Parsifal) at Byreuth Festival in 1985, "Rheintochter" (Nibelungenring) at Frankfurt Oper, "Dorabella" at Staatstheater Wiesbaden in 1987 and Wexford Festival in 1988.

 

Naturally she appeared in famous Salzburg Festival.  In 1990 she sang as "Messenger" in Monteveldi's Orfeo under the direction of J. E. Gardiner.

 

Since her debut as "Angelina" in Rossini's La Cenerentola at London's Covent Garden in 1990, she has sung to acclaim at many famous opera hauses such as La Monnaie in Brussels ("Rosina" in 1992), the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent ("Angelina"), the opera houses in Barcelona ("Procerpina" in Monteverdi's Orfeo), Paris and Dublin ("Angelina"), the Wexford Festival Opera ("Aurelio" in Rossini's L'Assedio di Calais, 1990), in Zurich, Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Berlin and Opera of Santiago de Chile ("Rosina" in 1995) .

 

She has also appeared as "Cherubino" (Antwerp 1995), the title role of Gluck's Orfeo, "Concepsion" in Ravel's L'Heure espagnole, "Dido" in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (in concert style, Staatsoper Berlin 1995), in Mozart's Idomeneo on European tour.

 

She has given frequent guest performances in various Haendel operas in London, Rome.

 

In recent years she has sung in all the great oratorios and given numerous lieder recitals with her accompanist Breda Zakotnik.
i"Messiah" in Dublin 1992, Bach's St John Passion in Vienna and Amsterdam, Bach's B Minor Mass in Lisbon, Lucerne and Rheingau Music Festival 1998, and Bach's St Matthew Passion in London 2002j
In October 2000 she went to the Melbourne Festival for three Bach concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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She also performs music of twentieth century, most recently in Hamburg in Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and works by Boulez and other composers.

 

Her wide-ranging concert activities have brought her together with famous ensembles and conductors such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Phillippe Herreweghe, Erik Ericson and his chamber choir, the Concert Koeln under Marcus Creed, the Symphony of Harmony and Invention under Harry Christophers, La Stagione, the Linos Ensemble, Sigiswald Kujiken, Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Goennenwein, Rolf Beck, Volker Hempfling, Karl Friedrich Beringer (with Windsbach Boys Chorus), Wolfgang Schaefer and others.

 

Apart from that she has also participated in radio, television, and various disc productions.


Though she had sung an extensive repertory of operas with praises like this, I think that the true nature of her art is in oratorio and cantata from the voice quality and the singing style, this is my opinion.  And I can imagine easily that these characteristics will be shown as true nature from now on in "lieder", too.  Then I desire and hope for these.

JAN, 2002

Sources;

  • Operissimo (G)

  • BERLIN-Classics 0017382BC (CD) (E)

  • Claves CD 50-9622 (CD) (E)

  • Christphorus CHR 77149 (CD) (E)