Press and Reviews

"Vaughan Williams' stunning Dona Nobis Pacem (1936) opened with angelic soprano Erin Alcorn's 'Agnus Dei'... In the final 'Angel of Death,' the horrifying orchestral followup... gave way to Alcorn's ray of light..."

- Susan L. Pena, The Reading Eagle, Pennsylvania

"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 | Read more

"Soprano Erin Alcorn sang expressively..."

- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

 

Biography

 

 

Praised for her “beautiful, limpid quality" and angelic singing, Erin Alcorn is a lyric soprano originally from Dallas, Texas and currently based in Philadelphia. Erin was a 2017 Vocal Fellow of the Music Academy of the West on full scholarship and a 2014- 2015 Dallas Opera outreach artist. She was recently seen at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues artist training series and as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem with Reading Choral Society and Kutztown University Orchestra. 

Erin has performed as a soloist in concert and for various engagements with Reading Choral Society out of Philadelphia, Music Academy of the West in its chamber music concerts, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Puccini Society, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, and Voces Intimae: The art of Song 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 was most recently seen in 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. She was also a chorus member in Opera Philadelphia's Turandot in 2017 and remains a substitute soprano chorister. 

 

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.

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"... 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

"This year’s crop of students was outstanding: Sopranos Erin Alcorn, Dorothy Gal, Caitleen Kahn, Brittany Nickell, Alexandre Smither and Anne Wright; mezzo-sopranos Noragh Devlin and Marjorie Maltais; countertenor Wee Kiat Chia; tenors Ricardo Garcia and Patrick Shelton; bass-baritone Ted Pickell; and pianists Zalman Kelber, Nathan Raskin, Madeline Slettedahl and Katelan Terrell."

-Fred Plotkin, WQXR, Review of The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall | Read more