Mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon, a Grand Finals winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is currently in her second year as a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow. She made her San Francisco Opera mainstage debut this past fall in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life as an Angel First Class. Most recently, she was seen in the workshop for Laura Kaminsky’s new work Hometown to the World: Postville as the character of Linda Larsen in San Francisco’s Opera for all Voices. This year, Ms. Dixon performs the roles of Mércèdes in Carmen, 3rd Wood Sprite in Rusalka, the Italian Singer in Manon Lescaut and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. In 2020, she debuts the role of Angelina in La cenerentola and performs concerts of Baroque arias with Dayton Opera, and also will give a recital as part of the Schwabacher Series.
As a participant in the 2017 Merola Opera Program, Ms. Dixon sang the role of Popova in William Walton’s The Bear and ended her summer season on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House, singing an aria from Massenet’s Cendrillon as part of the Merola Grand Finale concert. Her inaugural summer at the Merola Opera Program had her singing La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium.
Ashley Dixon’s 2016–17 season included her debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in Copland’s The Tender Land as Mrs. Splinters. In concert, she has appeared on the Hill Auditorium stage as mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in Schubert’s Ständchen, and the title role in a concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Dixon holds a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, where she performed the role and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University.