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, comedic timing, nuanced artistry, and polished lyric-coloratura soprano voice.
Asleif joins Florida Grand Opera in the 2019-20 season as a Studio Artist and will debut with the company as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. With Florida Grand Opera, Asleif will also cover Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly, Gilda in Rigoletto, and sing Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto. Previously, 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: Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Brevard Music Festival, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe at Brevard Music Festival, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, 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.
Equally at home in the concert hall and in the recording booth, Asleif is an artist with the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra and is part of their newest album release, "Christmas with True Concord: Carols in the American Voice." Asleif has also 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.