Allegra, a mezzo-soprano from Trumbull, Connecticut, is part of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program where she was  seen in the title role of The Dictator’s Wife, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Emerging Artist Performance) and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. In the spring she performed the roles of Olga in Eugene Onegin with Syracuse Opera and Isaura  in Tancredi with Opera Philadelphia. She has just finished performing the role of Arsamenes in Xerxes at the 2017 Glimmerglass Festival.

Her upcoming roles at the Washington National Opera include Ruggiero in Alcina (Emerging Artist Performance), Rosina in The Barber of Seville ( Emerging Artist Performance). The Fox/ A Rose in The Little Prince, Sister 2 in Provin’ Up and Tebaldo in Don Carlo.  She will also be seen in 2018 as Tancredi in Erminia with Opera Lafayette.

She was  a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she performed the role of Charlotte in Werther, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Zita in Gianni Schicchi.  She earned her Masters Degree in vocal performance under the direction of Dr. Stephen King at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she was seen in the title role of Ariodante, Dorabella in Così Fan Tutte, Erminella in Volpone and Florence Pike in Albert Herring.

Allegra performed the role of Pippo in La Gazza Ladra in the Glimmerglass Festival 2016, where she was also the cover for the role of Betty Paris in The Crucible.  In 2015 she performed the role of Fulvio in the American premier of Cato in Utica and covered the 3rd lady in The Magic Flute. In 2014 Allegra was a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist, seen as Siegrune in the Die Walküre scene and Melibea in the Il Viaggio a Reims finale.

In December Allegra performed Handel’s Messiah with the New Haven Symphony. Other recent engagements include a baroque concert with Dolce Suono Ensemble in Philadelphia, singing arias from Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell and Rameau and the concert Utterly Romantic with the Jupiter Symphony in New York, where she sang selections from the works of Brahms and Rontgen. In 2015 she sang Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Allen Philharmonic near Dallas and Requiem for the Living and Mozart’s Laudamus Te and Alleluia with The Montgomery County Choral Society in Houston. She was featured as Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Jordan Baker in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2014 she was a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in performances with the Naples Philharmonic and the Lexington Philharmonic. Future concert engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with the Choral Society of Washington.

As a 2011 Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist, Allegra was the cover for Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.  With Opera Theater of Connecticut she was seen as Flora in La Traviata, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and the Monitor in Suor Angelica. She appeared as Dorabella in Così fan Tutte and Ruggiero in Alcina with Hillhouse Opera. She performed the roles of Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Manhattan Chamber Opera, Ruggiero in Alcina with Opera Amis and both Dido and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus and Symphony.

Allegra was a 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalist, after winning First Place in the Connecticut District and the New England Regionals. In 2016 she received Second Prize in the Jenson Foundation Competition and placed fifth in the Giulio Gari Competition. In 2014 Allegra won the gold medal in voice and was the Grand Prize winner in the Young Texas Artists Competition, as well as First Place in the Amici Vocal Competition. Allegra placed second in the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition. In 2011 she was accepted into Houston Grand Opera’s inaugural program, the Young Artists Vocal Academy, and was a winner in both the Connecticut Opera Guild Young Artists Scholarship Competition and the Young Patronesses of the Opera Vocal Competition. She was accepted into  Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, a program which she participated in for many years since its inception in 2007.  She was selected as a NFAA young ARTS 2008 finalist and became the 2008 Henry Mancini Award Recipient for Classical Voice and a Level I winner. Allegra received the Bushnell Theater’s Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship, which supported her voice lessons, vocal coachings, theory, piano and recitals throughout her high school years. She was a recipient of the 2007-2010 Elizabeth Anne Carlson Scholarship for the Performing Arts. On scholarship at the Washington National Opera’s Institute for Young Singers, she sang the role of Augusta in a scene from The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Kennedy Center.  In 2006, at the age of 17, Allegra began her professional opera career as the youngest chorister ever hired by Connecticut Opera, performing in Carmen, Tosca, The Abduction from the Seraglio in addition to Connecticut Grand Opera’s Madama Butterfly.

Allegra has participated in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Frederica Von Stade, Sasha Cooke, Patrick Summers, Edward Berkeley, Dolora Zajick and Corradina Caporello.

Allegra began performing in regional theaters at the age of nine and has been in over twenty musical theater productions. She played Iphigenia in the History Channel’s “The True Story of Troy.” She has served as a cantor/soloist at various churches since the age of eight, singing at masses, weddings & funerals. In addition to her master’s degree in voice from Rice, she holds a BA magna cum laude in biology, with a neuroscience concentration and minors in both music performance and the honors program from Sacred Heart University. Her teachers include Dr. Stephen King, Deborah Birnbaum, Valerie Sorel, Eric Trudel, and Dolora Zajick.