Soprano / 2012-2013 Studio Artist
Described as “vocally resplendent,” “powerful,” and possessing “impeccable coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Alisa Jordheim is praised for her compelling and vocally assured performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and recital. Miss Jordheim’s portrayal of Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at the Caramoor International Music Festival in 2015 was met with great acclaim: Sister Constance was “beautifully taken here by the sweet-voiced, endearing soprano Alisa Jordheim” (The New York Times) and “winningly performed by Alisa Jordheim in a soprano of surprising depth and color” (Musical America). Regarding Florentine Opera’s 2015 production of Elmer Gantry, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, “Alisa Suzanne Jordheim gave a spot-on performance as Lulu Baines. She created a sympathetic character and sang with a voice that was pure, lovely, light in color, and powerful.”
A 2013 Merola Opera Program Participant, Miss Jordheim sang the roles of Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and “Dal tuo gentil sembiante” from Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba in the Merola Grand Finale. Prior to the role of Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, she appeared as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Frasquita in Carmen, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera. Other recent roles in addition to Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at Caramoor include Satirino in La Calisto, 2nd Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, and the Page in Rigoletto with Cincinnati Opera; Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera; Micaëla in “Carmen in Concert” with the Columbus Symphony/Opera Columbus; Flora in Turn of the Screw, Sirena in Rinaldo, Ellen in Oklahoma!, and Fredrika in A Little Night Music with Central City Opera; The Rose in The Little Prince with Cincinnati Chamber Opera; and Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera.
Miss Jordheim’s performances as soloist with orchestra include Messiah and Bestienne in Bestien und Bestienne (semi-staged) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Columbus Symphony, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 29 with the Dayton Philharmonic, Carmina Burana and Exsultate, jubilate with the Fox Valley Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the CCM Concert Orchestra, and Ein deutsches Requiem (as guest soprano soloist) with the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra.
Recent and upcoming engagements in 2016 for Miss Jordheim include the First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Greeley Philharmonic, her first performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, soprano soloist in Messiah with the Madison Bach Musicians, soprano soloist in The Revelations of Divine Love with the Bel Canto Chorus, soprano soloist in a program of favorites by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Webber with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and soprano soloist in Torke’s Book of Proverbs with the Grant Park Music Festival. Engagements in 2016-2017 include a return to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the soprano soloist in Ein deutsches Requiem, and a return to Florentine Opera to create the role of Lola Osborne in the world premiere and subsequent professional recording of Sister Carrie, written by Grammy award-winning composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein.
Miss Jordheim is the recipient of a 2015 Career Development Grant from The Sullivan Foundation, and she won the 2015 Bel Canto Regional Artists Competition, took 2nd place in the 2013 Auditions Plus Classical Singer Vocal Competition – Young Artist Division, and won the Edith Newfield Scholarship in the 2013 Musicians Club of Women Music Scholarship Competition in Chicago. She was the recipient of the 2012 Central City Opera Young Artist Award, winner of the 2012 and 2011 Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s 2011 Lotte Lenya International Competition. Miss Jordheim is also the recipient of a Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Award.
A Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Miss Jordheim studied and conducted research on singing diction in the Scandinavian languages at the University of Oslo in 2013-2014. She frequently performs recitals of songs by Scandinavian composers, has published an article on Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish singing diction in the NATS Journal of Singing, and has completed English and IPA translations of numerous songs by Scandinavian composers. She is also an advocate of new music for voice, having premiered works composed for her by Lori Laitman, Douglas Pew, Joanne Metcalf, Josh Deutsch, and Rodney Rogers.
A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Miss Jordheim completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Lawrence University, where she studied with Patrice Michaels. She earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a student of William McGraw, and her DMA cognate field is Scandinavian song and diction. At CCM, she performed the roles of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Une Pâstourelle (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and the partial role of Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor).