Author Archives: Alison

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.

War and Peace: Music for Unsettling Times, April 2015

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

Gathering What Is To Be Told, May 2015

I will be premiering Gathering What Is To Be Told, a wonderful set of songs by Gregory Mertl, with Kenneth Meyer, guitar.

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

To pre-order tickets, please send an email to

Ariadne auf Naxos, June 2015

Utopia Opera presents a production of Richard Strauß’ opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, with chamber orchestra. I will be performing the role of Der Komponist (The Composer).

Saturday, June 6 & Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:30pm

Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 (map)
The hall is on the fourth floor of the “Hunter North” building.
Use the 69th Street Entrance (between Park & Lexington Aves).

Conductor & Music Director: William Remmers
Stage Director: Benjamin Spierman

The Cast:
Composer: Alison Cheeseman
Zerbinetta: Halley Gilbert
Ariadne: Alexandra Lang
Bacchus: Shawn Thuris
Musicmaster: Jack Anderson White
Dancemaster: Elliott Deasy
Scaramuccio: Samuel Themer
Harlekin: Jonathan Rohr
Truffaldin: Roman Laba
Najade: Angela Dinkleman
Dryade: Monica Hershenson Thuris
Echo: Hannah Spierman
Wigmaker: Matthew Walsh
Officer: John Kim
Lackey: Benjamin Spierman
Major-Domo: David Seatter

$20 general admission cash (or $23 check), paid at the door.
***You may make a reservation by filling out this form online.  Please do so!  You don’t have to pay in advance, but it is very helpful for the company to know how many people to expect, and besides I will get brownie points if you mention my name when you make your reservation 😉 ***

Le nozze di Figaro, August 2015

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble presents a production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, with the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra. I will be performing the role of Marcellina.

Friday, August 14th @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 16th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, August 29th @ 7:30 pm

The Rose Nagelberg Theater in the Baruch Performing Arts Center (map)
Entrance and Box Office at 155 E. 25th St. (between Lexington and 3rd Aves.), NYC

Conductor and Music Director: John Spencer IV
Stage Director: Eve Summer

The Cast:
Figaro: Rodolfo Nieto
Susanna: Olivia Betzen
Countess: Jennifer Townshend
Count: John Callison
Cherubino: Heather Jones
Marcellina: Alison Cheeseman
Bartolo: Michael Spaziani
Basilio: Korland Simmons
Antonio: Jonathan Dauermann
Barbarina: Ashley Alden

Ticket prices start at $22.  Click here to purchase tickets.


Iolanta, November 2014

This month I will be singing the role of Marta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.  The opera will be presented on a double-bill with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.   Our cast includes the lovely and talented soprano Anna Farysej as Iolanta, tenor Aaron Blankenfeld as her suitor Vaudemont, and bass Hans Tashijan as King Rene.

Thursday, November 13th, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 15th, 12:00pm
Saturday, November 22th, 7:30pm
Washington Irving High School Auditorium
40 Irving Place, NYC


You can reserve a ticket for the cast discount price of $15 by contacting me with your name and the date of the performance you wish to attend. I’ll put your name on the list and you can pay the discounted price at the door.

Regularly priced tickets are $35 at the door or online.

The Medium, October 2014

I’m excited to announce that I will be singing the role of Mrs. Nolan in The Medium (Menotti) with Taksu Theatre Company.

Friday, October 10th, 9:30pm
Saturday, October 11, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 12th, 2:00pm
Monday, October 13th, 9:30pm
The West End Lounge & Cabaret
955 West End Avenue, NYC



Baba: Stephanie Gray
Monica: Hanna Fuerst
Toby: Alejandro La Rosa
Mrs. Gobineau: Tonya Roberts
Mr. Gobineau: John Kownacki
Mrs. Nolan: Alison Cheeseman
Director: Miles Mandwelle
Music Director: Matthew Stephens
Producing Director: Sarah Summerwell
Stage Manager: Nicole Green
Assistant director: Simone Bart
Movement Coach: Ryan Pater
Alexander Coach: Julie Edwards
Lighting Designer: Ben Demarest
Costume Designer: Sarah Whicker

Tickets are $18 (general admission) available via
** Two Important Notes regarding tickets***
1) Please enter the code “ATC” when you purchase your tickets.
2) Be aware that the venue is a cabaret/lounge space.  The price of the ticket does not include the $15 bar minimum or gratuity.

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