(Peachtree City, Georgia)
2018–19 Season: Angel First Class, It's a Wonderful Life; Mercédès, Carmen; Third Wood Nymph, Rusalka
A 2018 Grand Finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, mezzo-soprano and second-year San Francisco Opera Fellow Ashley Dixon 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. This summer, she returns to the Company as Mercédès in Carmen and Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka. As a participant of the 2017 Merola Opera Program, she sang the role of Popova in William Walton’s The Bear and ended her summer season on the War Memorial Opera House stage 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. 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.