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Alisa Jordheim

Associate Lecturer, Voice


DMA, Vocal Performance with a cognate in Scandinavian Song and Diction, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
MM & BM, Vocal Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Additional Studies, Lawrence University


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, both early and new music, and recital. Recent operatic role highlights include Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites with the Caramoor International Music Festival; Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Frasquita in Carmen, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera; Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera; Satirino in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera; Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera; Micaëla in Carmen with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra/Opera Columbus; Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figarowith the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco; and Flora in The Turn of the Screw with Central City Opera. She has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, and the Fox Valley Symphony, among others.

Dr. Jordheim maintains an active performing schedule, and recent engagements include the First Fairy in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Greeley Philharmonic, soprano soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, soprano soloist in Messiah with the Madison Bach Musicians, soprano soloist in Torke's Book of Proverbs with the Grant Park Music Festival, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Edo de Waart with the Milwaukee Symphony, soprano soloist in Ein deutsches Requiem with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, soprano soloist in Torke’s Four Proverbs with Present Music, Yum-Yum in The Mikado with DuPage Opera Theatre/New Philharmonic, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera with On Site Opera and the Atlanta Opera, and a return to Florentine Opera to create the role of Lola in the world premiere and professional recording (to be released on Naxos Records on September 8, 2017) of Sister Carrie, written by Grammy award-winning composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein.

Engagements in 2017-2018 include her debut with Opéra national de Paris as 1st Esquire in Parsifal, soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop, Cunégonde in Candide with Palm Beach Opera, and Venus in Venus and Adonis and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in a double-bill production with Florentine Opera. With the New York Opera Society, she will create the role of Ruth Maier (“Norway’s Anne Frank”) in Letters from Ruth, a new musical by Norwegian composer-librettist team Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull; the premiere performance will be at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in September 2017. She will also be the voice of Bel in the animated short film Over the Horizon, written and directed by David Pierson and produced by WPii Productions.

Dr. Jordheim is the winner of a 2016 Sullivan Foundation Award and 2015 Career Development Grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation. 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 also 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. Additionally, Dr. Jordheim is the recipient of a Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Award.

A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Dr. Jordheim completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Lawrence University, where she studied with Patrice Michaels. She earned her Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude), 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.

As a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Dr. 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.

At the collegiate level, Dr. Jordheim has taught both classical and musical theatre styles privately at CCM, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. She has also taught classical and musical theatre styles to students of all ages at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Lawrence University Academy of Music, and she has been an invited guest artist and master teacher at universities and music festivals across the country. As a member of the 2011 Central City Opera Regional Tour and the 2012-2013 Florentine Opera Studio, Dr. Jordheim enjoyed visiting numerous schools, spanning from the elementary to the high school level, performing and educating youth about healthy singing. Dr. Jordheim has a special interest in health and wellness as they directly relate to singing, and she has worked as a State Tested Nursing Assistant in Ohio and as a Physician’s Record Assistant in the ER at Appleton Medical Center.