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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

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

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!).

Gathering What Is To Be Told, May 2015

What?
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.

mertl-concert

Please join us for a reception after the concert.

When?
Saturday, May 23rd at 8pm

Where?
Tenri Cultural Institute (map)
43 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Tickets?
$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 nscherzi@gmail.com

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