Ashley Eason, mezzo-soprano joins Palm Beach Opera for their 2021-2022 season as their resident Artistic Administration and Production assistant. Palm Beach Opera’s 2022 season includes performances of Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, an Opera gala with Soprano Nadine Sierra, and The Merry Widow. Performances will be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 2021-2022 season also marks Ashley’s fourth season as an ensemble member with the grammy-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Chicago, IL) singing under the batons of Chorus Master Duain Wolfe and Music Director Riccardo Muti. Highlights of CSO’s 2021-2022 season include Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.
Ashley holds a Master of Music degree from DePaul University (Chicago, IL), and a Master of Business Administration (’15) and Bachelor of Music degree with an outside field in business administration (’14) from Stetson University (DeLand, FL). With over a decade of experience studying with many of the industry’s leading voice teachers, coaches, and conductors, Ashley graduated with distinction from DePaul University under the tutelage of master teacher and internationally-acclaimed soprano Julia Faulkner, current Director of Vocal Studies for the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During her time at Stetson, Ms. Eason was a protégé of award-winning mezzo-soprano and esteemed vocal pedagogue Jane Christeson, where she was awarded with both an endowed award and a graduate assistantship. She continues to attribute much of her professional and personal growth to the support of her mentor Jane Christeson, and the ever-supportive community of professors and musicians at the Stetson University School of Music.