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!
I was very pleased to represent Bronx Opera at the the NY Opera Alliance’s OperaFest kickoff event in April, at the National Opera Center. I sang Cinderella’s final aria from La cenerentola, in my own new translation, accompanied by the marvelous Dmitry Glivinskiy.
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!).
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!
Utopia Opera Presents: Cendrillon
a fairy tale opera by Jules Massenet & Henri Caïn
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 11
Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College
695 Park Ave, Rm 424N, New York, New York 10065
$20-30. Purchase at the door or online via Brown Paper Tickets
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
La cenerentola, aka Cinderella, by Gioachino Rossini, performed in English translation
Saturday, April 30th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 8th at 3:00pm
The Lovinger Theatre @ Lehman College (map)
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Cinderella: Alison Cheeseman
Clorinda: Hannah Fuerst
Tisbe: Eva Parr
Ramiro: Tommy Wazelle
Dandini: Jeremy J. Moore
Magnifico: Douglin Murray Schmidt
Alidoro: Nick Miller
Additional Cast & Covers
Cinderella: Caroline Tye (5/1 & 5/7) (cover: Sophie Delphis*)
Clorinda: Halley Gilbert (5/1 & 5/7) (cover: Smitha Johnson*)
Tisbe: Juli Borst (5/1 & 5/7) (cover: Leigh Akin*)
Ramiro: Stephen Steffens* (5/1 & 5/7)
Dandini: Antonio Watts* (5/1 & 5/7)
Magnifico: Jack Anderson White (5/1 & 5/7) (cover: Kevin Miller)
Alidoro: C. David Morrow (5/1 & 5/7)
Creative Team & Production Staff:
Conductor: Michael Spierman (5/1, 7, 8); Eric Kramer (4/30)
Director: Rod Gomez
Set Designer: Meganne George
Costume Designer: Peter Fogel
Lighting Designer: Joshua Rose
Production Stage Manager: Hannah Spierman
Production Manager: Scott H. Schneider
Assistant Stage Director: Desiree Baxter*
Chorus Master: Michael C. Haigler
$20-35. Purchase at the door or online via Brown Paper Tickets
Use the discount code Cinderella for $15 off the ticket price!
In the opening scene of the opera, a hungry beggar appears and the door and Cinderella offers him something to eat. Perhaps you’d like to follow her fine example and do something to help the less fortunate. City Harvest and the Food Bank of NYC are but two of many organizations that could use your support!
Le nozze di Figaro was definitely the highlight of the festival…. After thoroughly enjoying her in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea two years ago, mezzo Alison Cheeseman didn’t have as much to work with here as she did in the role of Nero back then but she was a terrific Marcellina, both vocally and acting-wise. It is truly exciting to watch talented singers like her grow. ~ Allegri con fuoco ~ Click here to read the full review of dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s Summer 2015 season
The standouts from the June 6th performance were Halley Gilbert as Zerbinetta and Alison Cheeseman as The Composer. […] Alison Cheeseman’s Composer is beautifully sung and intelligently portrayed. She does not take the bait of self-pity every time there is a threat to the integrity of her opera, but rather comes to that anger and despair from a strong position which makes each moment believable.
Among a generally excellent company, another standout was Alison Cheeseman, singing the passionate phrases of the Composer in a cool, slightly reedy mezzo aptly suggesting the voice of a young man still in his teens.
The Sound Shore Chorale, under the baton of Artistic Director Richard Slade, will sing selections on war and peace, including Haydn’s Mass In A Time Of War, Max Helfman’s Hashkiveinu, and other choral prayers for peace.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Arrigoni Center at Iona College (map)
58 Mayflower Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Soloists include Jessica Marsten, soprano; Alison Cheeseman, mezzo-soprano; David Root, tenor; Gregg Lauterbach, baritone; Cynthia Reynolds, soprano; and Richard Slade, tenor. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra and by pianist Diane Guernsey.
Admission is $20 at the door
($15 for Seniors, $10 for Students, and free to Iona College students and faculty/staff)
For more information, call 914-512-5957 or email at info@SoundShoreChorale.com.
The program will also include Till I Become Accustomed to the Dark, a song cycle by Nicolas Scherzinger on texts by Edna St. Vincent Millay, sung by soprano Janet
Brown, as well as songs by the English Renaissance composer John Dowland.
Please join us for a reception after the concert.
Saturday, May 23rd at 8pm
Tenri Cultural Institute (map)
43 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
$20 pre-order ($10 students/seniors)
anytime before the day of the concert
— or —
$30 at the door ($15 students/seniors)
on the day of the concert
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