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 the UK Alison went to business school in London and then went into a career in Senior Management. In her spare time she returned to the singing she had earlier eschewed for dance and sang many principal roles in a variety of genres with local companies. During this time she was a founder member of the Stowe Opera chorus, a professional garden opera company performing annually at Stowe Landscape Gardens. Latterly Alison has worked as a freelance director for many local companies directing productions in a myriad of genres.
However, her greatest love is still opera and she has directed a darkly passionate Verdi’s Macbeth , the little performed Weber’s Der Freischutz, Verdi’s obsessively impassioned Otello, and Bellini’s both violent and mystic Norma, with Musical Director Kelvin Lim for Aylesbury Opera. For Opera at Bearwood, with Justin Lavender as Musical Director, she has directed Gounod’s very romantic Romeo and Juliet, Smetana’s lively Bartered Bride and a saucy production of her own translation of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. She is currently working both on The Wreckers for Arcadian Opera and also with Kelvin Lim at Aylesbury Opera on Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah.