Recent Finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York's Solo Competition and the NATSAA competition, soprano Linda McAlister is equally at home singing opera, oratorio, and art song. Lauded for her stage presence and ability to connect with her audiences, she has impressed German audiences and critics in roles such as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Venus in Dardanus (Rameau), and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) as well as in concert engagements of works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Fauré, and Mozart, among others.
Ms. McAlister’s engagements have also taken her to Opera Festival di Lucca, Dayton Opera, Lake George Opera On-the-Go, Brevard Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and the Britten-Pears Festival. She has won several recognitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (1st prize, Minnesota district), Opera Columbus Competition (3rd prize), and the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for Musicians.
Ms. McAlister currently teaches at Miami University of Ohio and maintains a private studio in the Cincinnati metro area. An experienced arts administrator, she is also the Artistic Coordinator of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany, the Director of the Schmidt Vocal Institute, and the Manager of the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, which is based at Miami University. From 2010 – 2012, Ms. McAlister served as the first-ever Executive Director of SongFest in Los Angeles and the Artistic Coordinator of the Steans Music Institute Vocal Program at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Minnesota, Ms. McAlister studied International Business and Vocal Performance at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and continued her education at Miami University (Master of Music), the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (doctoral studies), and the Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg-Augsburg (Meisterklasse). Ms. McAlister currently lives in Cincinnati and is an active member of her community. She co-founded “Cincideutsch” in 2011, a German culture and language group that meets weekly for an authentic German Stammtisch (“Regulars’ Table”) and presented the first-ever traditional German Christmas market in downtown Cincinnati in 2012.