Author Archives: Alison

Springtime! Galas and more

If you’re looking for musical diversion in the coming weeks, here’s a quick roundup of my springtime antics:

You’ll find me at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on April 9, 7:30pm for a program entitled “Immigrants – A Celebration of What Makes New York Great“. The Cathedral Choir joins forces with instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass to perform works by composers including Vincent Persichetti, whose parents came from Italy and Germany; F. Melius Christiansen, the great founder of the St. Olaf Choir; Rebecca Clarke and Tarik O’Regan, who both emigrated from the British Isles; Jean Berger from Germany; and Igor Stravinksy from Russia. Click here for more information.

April 11-17 it’s time for some fun at the Philharmonic! I’ll be a member of the chorus for five performances in which the Oscar-winning movie Amadeus will be projected on a giant screen while the New York Philharmonic plays the soundtrack, live. Click for details.

Later in the month, on Saturday, April 28 in Short Hills, NJ, I’ll be singing opera arias and duets with baritone Daniel Hoy at a gala fundraiser to benefit All The Way Up!, an Adult Education Center in Newark. The following weekend, on May 5, I will join the Christopher Caines Dance company along with pianist Paul Kerekes and other fine musicians for a special dance-and-music installation performance (followed by a party!) in a grand apartment on the Upper East Side with sweeping views of the East River. Space is limited. Buy your tickets now!.

The Barber of Seville, July 2018

Ready for a road trip? I’ll be spending the month of July in beautiful Geneva, New York with the Geneva Light Opera Company, appearing as Berta (and covering Rosina) in a production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, directed by Benjamin Spierman and conducted by James Blachly. Performances July 26, 28 and 29. More information to be posted soon.

Mozart Requiem, January 2018

On January the 28th, I had the pleasure of joining the Mineola Choral Society, led by Thomas W. Jones, in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. I was the alto soloist, singing with the marvelous Tanya Roberts, soprano; Benjamin Krumreig, tenor; and Edward Hanlon, bass. The chorus and orchestra also performed other works by Mozart, Fauré, Bruckner, et al. It was a delightful afternoon of music at the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Franklin Square, NY. Bravi tutti!

Christmas at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Since the spring of 2016, I have been a member of the professional choir at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, led by Music Director Kent Tritle. Every December the Choir joins forces with the Cathedral Choristers, Chorale and Orchestra for a beautiful Christmas concert. In addition to my role as an alto in the choir, I will be singing the aria “Qui sedes ad dexteram patris” in Vivaldi’s Gloria.

What?
The program is as follows:

Antonio Vivaldi
Gloria in D major

James Bassi
Quem pastores laudavere 

Benjamin Britten
Ceremony of Carols

When?
Saturday, December 9th at 7:00pm

Where?
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025 (click for map)

Tickets?
You can buy them online or at the door.

And?
For information on other Advent events at the Cathedral, including a schedule of all of our Christmas services, please visit stjohndivine.org.

Alison Taylor Cheeseman mined comic gold in the dual role of the goddess Diana and Jove disguised as Diana for the purpose of making love to Callisto. (I am not making this up.)  The dignified goddess struggled girlishly with her vow of chastity when it came to the handsome poet Endymion. … When the singer added a touch of masculine swagger, all of a sudden there was the king of the gods plotting his latest conquest. Cheeseman delivered it all with firm voice and striking presence. — David Wright, New York Classical Review

Me Prometheus, July 2017

This July I was honored to take the stage as The Great Neepaz, leader of the Gurg, in a musical tale about the discovery of fire and the difficulties of adapting to a changing world…

What?
Me Prometheus — Caveman Love Story
A new musical by Simon Riker & Emerson Sieverts

When?
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:15pm
Friday, July 14 at 9:00pm
Saturday, July 15 at 8:30pm
Sunday, July 16 at 1:00pm

Where?
Hudson Guild Theatre
441 West 26th St. (map)

Tickets?
Buy now! (click here). Tickets are selling like hotcakes!
$23.00 ($24.80 w/service fee)

And?
For more information, visit the official show website at meprometheus.com.
Also, click here to learn more about the non-fictional role of wildfire in our planet’s splendid and complex ecosystems.

La Calisto, August 2017

In my performance career thus far, I have played women and men, young and old, rich and poor. On the power spectrum, I once made it as far as emperor. This August, I’m pleased to announce, I will take it one step further and impersonate divinity, performing the role of Diana (and Jove disguised as Diana!) in a production of Cavalli’s La Calisto.

What?
La Calisto, an opera by Francesco Cavalli from a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, based on myth

When?
August 12th at 7:30pm
August 19th at 2:00pm
August 26th at 7:30pm

Where?
A Summer Share at La Mama
66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003 (click for map)

Tickets?
You can buy them online or at the door. Prices range from $29-44.

Who?
Brittany Goodwin, Stage Director
Charles Weaver, Conductor and Music Director
You-Shin Chen, Scenic Designer
Dante Olivia Smith, Lighting Designer
Claire Townsend, Costume Designer

Cast, in order of appearance:

La Natura Kirsti Esch
L’Eternità Rebecca Richardson
Il Destino Sophia Mortensen
Calisto Marie Marquis
Giove Nobuki Momma
Diana / Giove in Diana Alison Taylor Cheeseman
Endimione Jeffrey Mandelbaum
Giunone Allison Gish
Linfea Taylor Kirk
Satirino Victoria Rodriguez
Mercurio Timothy Stoddard
Pane Padraic Costello
Silvano Will Esch

The Hat, February 2017

What?

The Hat: Arendt Meets Heidegger
a one-act opera by Karen Siegel & Zsuzsanna Ardó

When?
Saturday, February 4, 2017
at 7:30pm

Where?
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Who?
Hannah Arendt: Karen Siegel
Martin Heidegger: Christopher Dylan Herbert
Ann Mendelssohn: Alison Taylor Cheeseman
Paul McCarthy: Alex Guerrero
Pianist: Trudy Chan
Conductor: Colin Britt