Daphne Alderson

Adjunct Instructor of Voice


Daphne Alderson’s diverse, eclectic career as lyric contralto includes opera, oratorio, chamber music and cabaret throughout the United States, Canada and Italy. Her recent return to the opera stage as Mere Jeanne in Pittsburgh Opera’s acclaimed premiere of Poulenc’s DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES was followed by Agnes the Digger in Microscopic Opera’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX and Abby Borden in Thomas Albert’s LIZBETH. In the 2013 season, she will sing Miss Baggott in Britten’s THE LITTLE SWEEP with Microscopic Opera Company. Her Piaf concerts for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Paris Festival were hailed, “Not to be missed…” (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Other 2012-2013 credits include AINADAMAR with Quantum Theatre, and Return to Love Café, her latest installment in Heinz Chapel Concert Series, a collection of 1960’s love songs and folk music from Edith Piaf to Leonard Cohen. Ms. Alderson’s mission to champion classic and original music, crossing genres has been her artistic impetus, along Her work includes residency programs in outreach programs with Pittsburgh Opera and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. As touring concert/cabaret singer, her commissioned works include Songs That Oscar Taught Me, arrangements of Oscar Hammerstein material and All Heart, All Judy, a tribute of Judy Garland songs; both shows include arrangements by Douglas Levine and were commissioned for the Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall. An American in Paris, World War II toured throughout the Northeastern United States. With guitarist/composer John Marcinizyn, she has toured Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Recent projects include appearances at the Club Café, Whittaker Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisburg, opera outreach educational tours with the Pittsburgh Opera, Bricolage Theatre, IonSound Project and Chamber music at Chatham College with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Other recent performances include Bach, Vivaldi, the chamber works of Schumann, Brahms and Mahler, Handel's MESSIAH, Mendelssohn's ELIJAH, Pergolesi's /Vivaldi’s STABAT MATER, Chamber Music at the Frick Museum with Steinway artist Yeeha Chiu, guitarist John Marcinizyn, and cellist Elisa Kohanski. “Daphne’s voice gives me shivers…she’s really magical, and when she sings in French, you’ll want your sweetheart nearby,” quotes Ted Sohier (WQEDfm, Pittsburgh). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls her, “An artist of dignified passion,” (Handel’s MESSIAH) and an artist of “Beautifully rendered love songs.” Daphne Alderson is an Associate Professor of Voice and the current Director of Opera Workshop at Seton Hill University. She earned her Bachelor or Arts from Duquesne University, followed by a Master of Arts Degree from Duquesne University in association with Carnegie Mellon University and the Accademia Vocale di Lucca, Italy. She resides in Pittsburgh with husband, guitarist and composer John Marcinizyn.


Joined Seton Hill:
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Personal Areas of Interest: Running, swimming, history, travel, art, food.


  • Duquesne University, Master of Arts, Music, 1989
  • Duquesne Univeristy, Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance
  • Accademia Vocale di Lucca, Italy, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, 1987


  • Pittsburgh Concert Society Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour Roster Artist Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Symposium National Association of Teachers of Singing, Tri-State Award, First Place Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Honorable Mention Who's Who Among American Women Mu Phi Epsilon


  • Pittsburgh Opera Central City Opera 2006-13 Touring in the United States and Overseas, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Paris Festival Microscopic Opera Quantum Theater, Pittsburgh Bricolage Theater, Pittsburgh Central City Opera [More Information]