The Irish contralto, Alison Browner, studied at Trinity College Dublin and the Hochschule, Hamburg, completing her studies with Hans Hotter.
Alison Browner spent two years at the Munich Opera before joining the Darmstadt Company where she sang roles including Cenerentola, Dorabella, Orfeo and Charlotte (Werther). She then moved to Mannheim adding Octavian, Cherubino and Rosina to her repertory. Her international appearances include Cenerentola at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with companies in Zürich, Barcelona, Antwerp and Ghent; Idamantes (John Eliot Gardiner) at Paris, Stuttgart, Lisbon; Il Barbiere di Sivigilia at La Monnaie, Santiago, Stuttgart; Hansel und Gretel at Santiago; Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Jordi Savall) in Barcelona; L’Orfeo (John Eliot Gardiner) Salzburg Festival; Tamerlano with Opera Theatre Company at the Melbourne Festival & Lisbon Festival of 100 Days. In Ireland she has performed with Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera (L'Assedio de Calais Donizetti & The Demon Rubenstein) and Opera Theatre Company.
Alison Browner is a frequent recitalist and oratorio performer with appearances including J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) in Vienna and Amsterdam and the B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with John Eliot Gardiner in Lisbon and Lucerne. In October 2000 she returned to the Melbourne Festival for three Bach concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked in a range of repertoire include Marcus Creed, Harry Christophers, Heinz Holliger, Phillipe Herreweghe, Karl Friedrich Beringer, Evelino Pido and Nicholas Kraemer.
Alison Browner’s recordings include Orberto, Judas Maccabeus and J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and St Matthew Passion (BWV 244); Messiah for BBC TV (Harry Christophers/The Sixteen) and with the same group at the Brisbane Festival in Australia. Recent recordings include Lo Speziale (Haydn) and Faust Scenes with Wolfgang Schäfer and Johannes Goritzki. In Autumn 2001 she recorded Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 4 and Rückert Lieder.