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Hailed by Opera News as “vocally distinctive”, Alyssa Martin is quickly garnering attention as a standout young singer. Ms. Martin has been training as a young artist with opera companies all over the nation including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Virginia Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, and Arizona Opera. She also recently made her debut with The Santa Fe Opera as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette. This season, Ms. Martin returns to Arizona Opera for a second year as Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist and will perform in their production of Rusalka, Madama Butterfly, and will debut the role of Angelina in La Cenerentola. She is also performing with the Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera in a holiday concert tour and as a soloist in the 45th Anniversary Sapphire Celebration Gala with Arizona Opera. Future engagements include performances in the Glimmerglass Festival which includes roles in Oklahoma, Xerxes, and Scalia/Ginsburg, this summer and Dayton Opera’s 2018 production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Recent engagements include several important role debuts at Arizona Opera including; Mercédès in Carmen, Meg Page in Falstaff, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Ms. Martin also appeared as the mezzo soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Santa Barbara Choral Society. Ms. Martin also received her tenure as an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera in the 2014-15 season where she covered Don Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. While at Santa Fe, Ms. Martin also performed scenes as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello. Other recent engagements include covering Flora and Annina in La Traviata and The Page in Salome as an Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera. Ms. Martin was also an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she covered Isolier in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.
Ms. Martin won the 2016-2017 Sullivan Competition sponsored by The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation. As a returning Apprentice Artist in 2016, she was honored to be the recipient of the Campbell Wachter Award from The Santa Fe Opera. Other prestigious awards in the 2015-2016 season include 1st Prize in The Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition and being named a winner in the Arizona District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in which she went on to place 3rd at the Western Region Finals. In the 2014-15 season, she was awarded a Career Grant from the Seattle Opera Guild, an Encouragement Grant from the Career Bridges Grant Foundation, and also 2nd prize at the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition at Florida Grand Opera. She has been the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as the Orpheus Vocal Competition, Young Patronesses of the Opera, Opera Guild of Dayton, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and Utah Festival Opera.
Ms. Martin completed her studies at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree under the instruction of Patricia Stiles and world-renowned soprano, Carol Vaness. On the IU stage, she performed roles such as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Cendrillon in Cendrillon, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.