Solo Song Symposium
Powerful and brilliant in sound, internationally acclaimed American soprano Robin Allebach has been lauded for her on stage charisma and her impressive vocal dramatics. She sparkles in an exciting variety of roles, including Elecktra in "Idomeneo", Cressida in "Troilus and Cressida", Elvira in "Ernani", Imogene in "Il Pirata", Odabella in "Attila", and the Empress in "Die Frau Ohne Schatten". Ms. Allebach's remarkable versatility as a singing actor was victoriously portrayed in her eagerly awaited debut in the title role of Bellini's "Norma" with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, where she was met with triumphant success. The North Park Journal acknowledged her formidable singing and acting abilities: "Ms. Allebach was met with wild brava's from the audience...look for her in the years to come...she is a singing sensation." Of her sassy Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus" with Elgin OPERA, the Romanelli Review wrote, "...A voice such as hers is not learned but bestowed".
From Carnegie Hall, to the Salzburg Festspielhaus, to Africa, Ms. Allebach has performed on some of the world's greatest stages. As a sought after soloist, she has also been heard with the Chicago Reading Orchestra performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony, as Gertrude and the Witch in Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" with the German Language Society of Chicago, as the soprano soloist in the world premier of "Reality for Voice and Performance" by Korean composer Keumok Heo, and as a memorable Gertrude in "Hansel and Gretel" with Milwaukee Opera. She appeared on "La fete de la musique" on the main stage of Chicago Mayor Daley's Miles of Music, as soloist numerous times with Didier LePauw's Parisian Salon Concerts, as soloist with Sparling Theatrical Productions in "Masked Phantoms and Lusty Gypsies", and as soloist with "Celebrating the Dramatic Coluratura Soprano" with several Lyric Opera of Chicago chapters. Other notable appearances include Chanticleer Opera Theater, Bowen Park Opera Company, Chicago Celebrating Chopin, the Beverly Foundation for the Performing Arts, Alliance Francais, and Bluffton Choral Society.
In 2014 Robin Allebach premiered "Divisi: A Scene for Soprano and Trombone" by North Dakota composer Christopher Gable. In addition to her operatic and concert appearances, as a premier comprimario, ensemble and choral singer, Robin Allebach has appeared in performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater and Grant Park Symphony. With numerous Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus recordings to her credit, including Barber's "The Lovers; The Prayers of Kiekegaard" with conductor Andrew Schenck, she was personally selected by the late Sir Georg Solti to sing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Grammy award winning recording of Bach's B Minor Mass. Other foremost conductors under whose batons she has sung include Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, James Levine, James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Nelson, Nicholas McGegan, Bruno Bartoletti and Claudio Abbado.
Ms. Allebach serves on faculty at Valley City State University. Her students have gone on to conservatories, other major musical institutions, and musical careers of their own. She holds degrees in music from Northwestern University, DePaul University and Bemidji State University. Her teachers include Arthur Levy (NYC) and the late Norman Gulbrandson (Chicago). She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists(AGMA), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Socitey, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). She is the former executive committee membership chair for North Dakota NATS.
In 2009 Ms. Allebach founded the Dakota Festival of Singing (formerly Fargo Moorhead Festival of Singing) where she serves as artistic director. The premier 2011 festival was anchored by a hymn sing with Prairie Public Radio personality Merrill Piepkorn as hymn leader. On a lighter note, in spring of 2002 Ms. Allebach made her film debut as the soprano in the "The Confession" by award winning producer DuWayne Edwards.