Category Archives: Performances

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!

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.

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

The Hat, February 2017

What?

The Hat: Arendt Meets Heidegger
a one-act opera by Karen Siegel & Zsuzsanna Ardó

When?
Saturday, February 4, 2017
at 7:30pm

Where?
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Who?
Hannah Arendt: Karen Siegel
Martin Heidegger: Christopher Dylan Herbert
Ann Mendelssohn: Alison Taylor Cheeseman
Paul McCarthy: Alex Guerrero
Pianist: Trudy Chan
Conductor: Colin Britt