Praised for her “beautiful, limpid quality" and "angelic singing," Erin Alcorn is a soprano originally from Dallas, Texas and currently based in Philadelphia. She is a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera in its 2020-21 season, performing the role of Francine in Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers and covering the role of Miranda in Miranda: A Steampunk VR Experience. She was to make her Tri-Cities debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Scalia/ Ginsburg (Wang), and Clorinda in La cenerentola, but all were canceled due to the pandemic. Plans for further collaborations are in process.
Erin was a 2017 Vocal Fellow of the Music Academy of the West and a 2014-15 Dallas Opera outreach artist. She sang at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues in 2017. Recently she performed the soprano solos in Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem with Reading Choral Society and in Handel's Messiah with Pennsbury Community Chorus.
Erin has performed as a soloist in concert for Music Academy of the West, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Puccini Society, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Voces Intimae: The art of Song, Reading Choral Society, and Pennsbury Community Chorus in several great halls including the Winspear Opera House with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Meyerson Symphony Center with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and the Murchison Performing Arts Center with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.
Erin has performed the role of Elvira in scenes from i Puritani at Music Academy of the West, Adina in The Elixir of Love with The Dallas Opera Outreach program, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Oberlin in Italy Opera Theater, Zerlina in UNT Opera's Don Giovanni, La Bergère in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, and Casilda in The Gondoliers with the Oberlin Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Erin is a rostered chorus member for Opera Philadelphia and will perform as a Geisha and chorus member in Madama Butterfly in 2021, pending Covid-19 regulations.
On the contemporary side, Erin was invited to sing in Steve Reich’s
Music for 18 Musicians and David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. She performed the soprano role in the staged production of Exercices de Style by French- Canadian composer José Evangelista with Oberlin Opera Theater.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance/ Opera from the University of North Texas.
"Vaughan Williams' stunning Dona Nobis Pacem (1936) opened with angelic soprano Erin Alcorn's 'Agnus Dei'...
The final 'Angel of Death,' the horrifying orchestral followup...
gave way to Alcorn's ray of light..."
- Susan L. Pena, The Reading Eagle, Pennsylvania
"... a lyric soprano with a beautiful limpid quality...
she was able to call on her musical comedy experience because of the composer’s incorporation of many different musical styles."
- Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones
"Ms. Alcorn used her voice brilliantly and performed with ardent expression. It was a persuasive performance...
her instrument is clearly made for Strauss..."
- Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
"This year’s crop of [artists in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall] was outstanding: Sopranos Erin Alcorn, Dorothy Gal, Caitleen Kahn, Brittany Nickell, Alexandre Smither and Anne Wright..."
-Fred Plotkin, WQXR
"Soprano Erin Alcorn sang expressively..."
- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News