Soprano Carol Ann Allred is equally at home in oratorio, opera, chamber music and recital repertoire. She has appeared as soprano soloist with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Lorin Mazel, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Boston Baroque, New England Bach Festival, St. Cecelia Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Oratorio Society, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.
Her most recent operatic performances include leading roles in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Boston Early Music Festival, Handel's Semele with the Detroit Symphony, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges with Lorin Mazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. In addition, she has performed leading roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, and La Finta Giardiniera as well as Verdi's Rigoletto, Cavalli's La Calisto, Ward's The Crucible, Mechem's Tartuffe, the world premiere of Murray Boren's Emma, and a memorable concert performance of Gluck's Orfeo with Jan DeGaetani and Lucy Shelton.
As a recitalist, Ms. Allred has performed throughout the country with several appearances in New York City at Carnegie Hall and Columbia University's Kathryn Miller Basch Hall, and in many European cities including Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona, Geneva, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. She has also performed throughout Italy, Sweden, Spain, Portugal and the Azores with her husband and accompanist, Brady Allred, as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency. They recently performed two concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Bombay, India.
Her awards include first prizes in the Utah Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the MTNA National Collegiate Voice Competition, the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, the Bullock Awards, and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. She was selected to appear as soprano soloist at the Marlboro Music Festival for the summers of 1990 and 1991 and was a faculty member at the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival in 1992.
Ms. Allred began her vocal training at Brigham Young University as a student of Margaret Woodward and received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Pedagogy. She continued her musical studies with Jan DeGaetani and Masako Toribara at the Eastman School of Music where she completed the degrees Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance.
Dr. Allred was recently appointed to the vocal faculty at the University of Utah and is also a faculty member at the New York State Summer School of the Arts at SUNY Fredonia. She has also been a member of the music faculty at Seton Hill College in Greensburg, PA. Her first CD "Sol y Sombra: Sun and Shade" with the Chatham Baroque Ensemble was released in 1999 on the Dorian label. She is the mother of four daughters--Loren, Megan, Brennan, and Karin, and wife of conductor, Brady R. Allred.
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