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Allison Gish 

Praised for her "agile and stylish" coloratura (Entertainment Hour), Allison Gish is a mezzo-soprano based in NYC and she is excited to join the Taylor Festival Choir this season.  This spring, Ms. Gish will make her role and company debuts as Kathleen O’Fallin in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star with Onsite Opera, and she will join Cantanti Project for a second season in the ensemble of the world premiere of Felix Jarrar’s Tabula Rasa. This season also marked professional choral and concert solo debuts with Bourbon Baroque (Messiah) and Ars Musica (Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil, Bach's Mass in  B Minor.  Past operatic credits include Zita in Gianni Schicchi  (ARE Opera), Giunone/Natura in Cavalli’s La Calisto (dell’Arte Opera Ensemble), Medoro in Handel’s Orlando (Cantanti Project).  In a performance deemed “flawless” (Opera News), Ms. Gish performed the role Green Pants in Robert Ashley's DUST (Mannes). As professional fellow at Songfest, she appeared as soloist in Bach Cantata 161 with conductor, John Harbison. With Mannes Baroque, she performed in Handel’s Mi palpata il cor, Monteclair’s  Pan et Syrinx, Vagaus in Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans (excerpts), Piacere in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo (excerpts).  Ms. Gish is a recent graduate of the Professional Studies Diploma program at Mannes College and completed her Bachelor of Music at Louisiana State University.