Author Archives: Alison

Stonewall, New York City Opera, June 2019

I was honored and delighted to be a part of New York City Opera’s world premiere of Stonewall, by Iain Bell and Mark Campbell, covering the role of Sarah (sung by Liz Bouk). Performances took place June 21-28, 2019, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

NYCO Pride in the Park

Backstage at NYCO’s “Pride in the Park” celebration, with members of the cast.

Where?
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater (map)
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019

Who?
Iain Bell, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist
Carolyn Kuan, Conductor
Leonard Foglia, Director
Richard Stafford, Choreographer

The talented and beautifully diverse cast of singers and actors featured Joseph Charles Beutel, Andrew Bidlack, Liz Bouk, Lisa Chavez, Michael Corvino, Jessica Fishenfeld, Marc Heller, Brian James Myer, Jordan Weatherston Pitts, and Justin Ryan. For more information, see https://nycopera.com/stonewall/.

Song & Dance with Christopher Caines, May/June 2019

What?
listen out loud / move to keep things whole
I’ll be singing four original settings of sonnets to accompany the exquisite dancers of Christopher Caines Dance Company, on a program that also features music by Pauline Oliveros and Paul Kerekes. Variously scored for piano, flute, and clarinet, the songs are musical readings of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Christian Wiman, Sir Thomas Wyatt, and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning.

When?
Saturday, 18 May 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 23 May 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1 June 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Where?
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (map)
334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Who?
Christopher Caines Dance: Elisa Toro Franky, Silken Kelly, Mayu Oguri, Jacob Taylor, Amanda Treiber, and Michelle Vargo, joined by students from the New York Theatre Ballet School
Marija Ilic, piano
Kelley Barnett, flutes
Eric Umble/Vicente Alexim, clarinets

Tickets?
Click here to buy them online

And?
Appearing as guests are The Bang Group in a New York premiere by David Parker, a recent revival by Parker of a work by James Waring, and a new duet by Amber Sloan.

Die Zauberflöte with Opera in Williamsburg, May 2019

What?
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by W. A. Mozart
With Yours Truly as the Third Spirit, aka 3. Knabe, aka member of the suicide-prevention trio.

When?
Sunday, 5 May 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9 May 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Where?
The Kimball Theatre (map)
428 W Duke of Gloucester St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Who?
Opera in Williamsburg
Jorge Parodi, conductor & music director
Eve Summer, director
. . . And a cast of thousands! Ok, not quite, but it’s a big cast. See the OiW website for more info.

Tickets?
Click here to buy them online.

And?
In this opera, the characters are easily dissuaded from self-harm, but in real life it’s not necessarily so simple. As the National Institute of Mental Health puts it, “If You Know Someone in Crisis: Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the NSPL’s website.”

Bach with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, February 2019

I’m thrilled to be headed west in February for two performances as the Alto/Soprano II soloist Bach’s magnificent Mass in B minor.

What?
Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Who?
Allan R. Scott, conductor
Alison Taylor Cheeseman, mezzo-soprano
Rachel E. Copeland, soprano
Johnathan Weyant, tenor
Peter Kendall Clark, baritone
Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

When?
Sunday, 24 February 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, 25 February 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Where?
Cathedral of Saint Helena
530 N Ewing St, Helena, MT 59601 (map)

Tickets?
Available for purchase through the HSO website — click here!

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.

What?
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia),
performed in English with chamber orchestra.

When?
Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm

Where?
The Smith Opera House
82 Seneca St, Geneva, NY 14456 Map Icon

Who?
James Blachly, Conductor
Benjamin Spierman, Stage Director

— Cast —

Rosina Sarah Nordin
Berta Alison Cheeseman
Count Almaviva Alexey Kukharskiy
Figaro Jimi James
Dr. Bartolo Valerian Ruminski
Don Basilio Tyler Putnam
Fiorello Nicholas Kilkenny
Giunone Erik Danielson
Police Officer Taylor Kirk
Ambrosius Nicholas Kilkenny

Tickets?
Click here to buy them online.

And Whatnot?
Perhaps you will use your visit to the Smith this month as an opportunity to scope out the venue and figure out where you want to sit when you come back for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers next spring!

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