Author Archives: Alison

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

Opera America Career Blueprints

Thanks to a grant from Opera America and the Howard Gilman Foundation, I’ll be spending a few days in September preparing materials for the audition season: new headshots and demo recordings, among other things. Check back in mid-September to see and hear the new me!

Caramoor, Summer 2016

I spent this June/July as an apprentice artist with the Bel Canto Opera program at Caramoor.  It was a tremendous learning experience, with lectures and master classes on various aspects of bel canto style and vocal technique.  On the performing side of things, I was thrilled to be a part of the U.S. Premiere of Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira.  (Read more about it in the New York Times and Financial Times, among others!).

Cendrillon, June 2016

Save the dates for Cinderella Round Two!  On June 3 & 11, I’ll be singing the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon, a rarely produced and very beautiful opera.  Don’t miss it!

What?
Utopia Opera Presents: Cendrillon
a fairy tale opera by Jules Massenet & Henri Caïn

When?
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 11
at 7:30pm

Where?
Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College
695 Park Ave, Rm 424N, New York, New York 10065

Tickets?
$20-30.  Purchase at the door or online via Brown Paper Tickets

Who?
Cinderella: Alison Cheeseman
Prince Charming: Hayden Dewitt
Madame de la Haltière: Caroline Tye
Pandolfe: Jeff Goble
Fairy Godmother: Angie Dinkelman
Noémie: Zen Wu
Dorothée: Melissa Serluco
The King: Ryan Slone
The Superintendent of Pleasures: Ben Cohen
The Prime Minister: Sung Shin
The Dean of the Faculty: Emerson Sieverts
1st Spirit: Zoe Marie Hart
2nd Spirit: Stephanie Krasner
3rd Spirit: Candace Matthews
4th Spirit: Kayla Faccilongo
5th Spirit: Kat Liu
6th Spirit: Alexa Rosenberg

And on June 4 & 10:
Cinderella: Devony Smith
Prince Charming: Augusta Caso
Madame de la Haltière: Julia Snowden
Pandolfe: Roman Laba
Fairy Godmother: Meghan Picerno
Noémie: Kari Lyon
Dorothée: Rebecca Schuessler

Stage & Music Director: William Remmers
Production Consultant/Wardrobe: Eric Lamp