Brazilian-Italian-American soprano Asleif Willmer is a young and promising artist hailed as “a most incredible voice” by Arizona Daily Star and a “fully-engaged, fine-voiced singing actor” from La Scena Musicale. She is highly regarded for her captivating stage presence, nuanced artistry, and polished lyric-coloratura soprano voice.
Asleif was a young artist with Opera Saratoga in their 2018 season and has sung several leading roles in the light-lyric and lyric-coloratura repertoire. Highlights include: Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (City Lyric Opera), Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brevard Music Festival), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe (Brevard Music Festival), Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Adele in Die Fledermaus, the title role in La Perichole, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, for which she won an AriZoni award for Best Supporting Actress, and the role of Bibi in a new works reading with Beth Morrison Projects for the new opera, Prism by Ellen Reid. She has also sung Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto garnering the praise from Living At The Opera: “Willmer filled her Carolina with vocal humor and an acting manner that the audience took to immediately.”
Equally at home in the concert hall, Asleif is an artist with the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra and has been a featured soloist internationally and nationally with Opera Saratoga, International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, Brevard Music Festival, Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Mount Desert Summer Chorale, and Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra.
She has received top awards from the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Phoenix Opera Southwest Opera Competition, Dorothy Lincoln Smith Competition, Classical Singer Competition, MTNA Competition, Amelia Rieman competition, and has been a finalist for the ASPS Mary Trueman Art Song Competition. Asleif received her DMA in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University under the tutelage of Carole FitzPatrick.