Alissa VanCamp, daughter of Nils and Bonnie Allen and Sally and Tim Detzel, was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her mother, a fellow mezzo and choir teacher, instilled in her a love for music and she began performing at the age of eight.

She attended Eastern New Mexico University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance with honors. She began as a Music Theater major but soon discovered that her future lies in classical voice. While she was there she studied under soprano Dr. Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and was in numerous contests, ensembles, and productions. At the 2000 New Mexico NATS auditions she won Second Place Division V and Third Place Music Theatre. She then went on to win First Place Division VII, First Place Music Theatre, and Most Promising Young Singer at the 2001 NMNATS in Santa Fe. She furthered her studies by receiving her Masters Degree with highest honors in Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University under the teachings of contralto Rebekah Kirtey-Ambrosini and tenor Larry Keller. She had many lead roles at OCU and performed in the chorus of Tulsa Opera.

She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV where she performs with almost every company in town. She has performed with LA Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theater, Red Rock Opera, Las Vegas Opera Festival, American Pacific Opera, People's Valley Chorus, and The Academy for the Performing Artist as well as being part of the Opera Las Vegas Young Artist Program.

Her credits consist of: Mother/Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Annina (La Traviata), Madame Peep (Oedipus Tex), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mercedes/Carmen Cover (Carmen), Baba (The Medium), La Principessa (Suor Angelica), Dido (Dido & Aeneas), Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Grace (Texas! The Musical Drama), Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Gertie (Oklahoma!), Gloria Rasputin (Bye Bye Birdie), and Linda lou (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas).