Alison Marshall initially trained for five years at the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts after which she studied for a further three years at the Royal Academy of Dancing. She then became a professional ballet dancer in Germany, rising to be a solo dancer, appearing in many of the favourite classical roles as well as several roles that were created especially for her. While there, ballet roles permitting, she would occasionally sing in the chorus of the opera company resident in the same theatre.
This love of opera stood Alison in good stead when she injured her back and was forced to retire from ballet. On returning to England Alison continued the vocal studies she had started at Tring Park, but interrupted when she became a dancer. She sang many principal roles in a variety of genres with local companies and was a founder member of the Stowe Opera chorus, a professional garden opera company performing annually at Stowe Landscape Gardens.
Over the past few years Alison has turned her hand to directing productions and has enjoyed working with several different companies on a wide variety of pieces, including several of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. However, her greatest love is still opera and she has directed a darkly passionate Verdi's Macbeth and more recently the little performed Weber's Der Freischutz, for Aylesbury Opera. For Opera at Bearwood she has directed Gounod’s beautiful opera Romeo and Juliet, Smetana's very lively Bartered Bride and a dynamic production of her own translation of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. She is currently working on both Verdi's Otello with Musical Director Kelvin Lim for Aylesbury Opera and Puccini's La Boheme for Arcadian Opera with Musical Director Justin Lavender.