(Peachtree City, Georgia)
2018–19 Season: Angel Quartet in It's a Wonderful Life
As a participant in the 2017 Merola Opera Program, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon sang the role of Popova in William Walton’s The Bear and also covered the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and ended her summer season on the War Memorial Opera House stage singing an aria from Massenet’s Cendrillon. Dixon’s 2016–17 season included her debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in Copland’s The Tender Land as Mrs. Splinters. In concert, Dixon appeared on the Hill Auditorium stage as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and with University of Michigan’s Men’s Glee Club in Schubert’s Ständchen. She also sang Dido in a concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with University of Michigan’s conducting program. In the same year, the Gerda Lissner Foundation awarded her the Encouragement Award for their Song/Lieder Competition in New York. In past seasons, Dixon was engaged as a young artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera where she made her professional debut as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata. Her inaugural summer at the Merola Opera Program in 2015 had her singing La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium. Ashley Dixon holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University.