As a diction coach, my goal is to help singers to deeply care about words and to discover the transformative power of diction.
Allison Voth joined the Conservatory in 2006 and is an instructor of English and French diction.
Voth, a well-known diction coach, has worked as coach and/or répétiteur with such companies as Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Emmanuel Music, Opera Providence, and Opera North. Festivals include Opera Unlimited, the Florence Vocal Seminar, and the Athens Music Festival. Voth has been the music director for Boston's Cantata Singers Chamber Series since 2007.
A champion of new music, Voth has performed and assisted in many premieres, including with ALEA III, Collage New Music, the New Music Consort, the Group for Contemporary Players, and the National Orchestral Association New Music Project. She is a specialist in the music of Paul Bowles and was on the cutting edge of the Paul Bowles revival movement in the 1990s, when she produced and performed in a multimedia production of music and readings titled Paul Bowles: One Man, Two Minds at Merkin Hall in New York. The Eos Ensemble consequently invited her to participate in its Paul Bowles Festival in New York, where she premiered a set of piano preludes.
Voth is also well recognized for her opera supertitles, which have been used at such companies as Washington Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Barbican Festival in London, Opera Boston, and Palm Beach Opera. She is currently Boston Lyric Opera’s in-house cocreator of supertitles, along with the renowned scenic designer John Conklin. Voth can be heard on CRI recordings. She is also principal coach and associate professor at Boston University’s Opera Institute and School of Music.
Voth earned her B.M. from the University of British Columbia, in Canada, and then moved to New York City, where she received her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.