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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!.

La Calisto reviewed by New York Classical Review

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

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!).

WOW!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve just signed on for a month-long workshop and performances of WOW, a new opera in development by composer Joe Diebes, director David Levine and poet Christian Hawkey.   Performances will take place during the last two weekends of January 2014 at BRIC House.  More info to come!

First Prize! 2013 Osgood/dell’Arte Opera Prizes

As announced on dell’Arte’s Facebook page:

“First Prize” is awarded to Alison Cheeseman “For constant commitment to the process and for consistently evolving integration of acting and singing technique. An unquestionable example of what dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is all about.” Through the entire five-month process, Alison never once stopped striving (personally and as a committed colleague) and delivered finely etched performances every night.

New York Times review: L’incoronazione di Poppea

“Dell’Arte serves as a training ground for rising young singers, and the vocal performances here spoke well for its efforts. Greer Davis, a soprano, was wonderful as Poppea, clear-voiced and self-possessed; Alison Taylor Cheeseman, a mezzo-soprano, was also lovely and sturdy as Nerone. Their blend was excellent in “Pur ti miro.””
James R. Oestreich, The New York Times

Parterre Box review: L’incoronazione di Poppea

“Nobly abiding by the composer’s prescribed vocal ranges, the production featured a mezzo as Nerone, the brooding and fiery Alison Cheeseman… Looking remarkably like a young Patti Smith, Cheeseman commanded the role’s wide-ranging vocal and dramatic compass—from raging at the roadblocks Ottavia and Seneca throw in his way to swooning at his lover’s demanding charms.
As Poppea, Greer Davis was a bewitching young seductress on the make…  their powerful erotic connection held the evening’s focus.”

DeCaffarrelli at parterre.com