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!.
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, directed by Benjamin Spierman and conducted by James Blachly. Performances July 26, 28 and 29. More information to be posted soon.
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!
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.
The program is as follows:
Gloria in D major
Quem pastores laudavere
Ceremony of Carols
Saturday, December 9th at 7:00pm
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025 (click for map)
You can buy them online or at the door.
For information on other Advent events at the Cathedral, including a schedule of all of our Christmas services, please visit stjohndivine.org.
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…
Me Prometheus — Caveman Love Story
A new musical by Simon Riker & Emerson Sieverts
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:15pm
Friday, July 14 at 9:00pm
Saturday, July 15 at 8:30pm
Sunday, July 16 at 1:00pm
Hudson Guild Theatre
441 West 26th St. (map)
Buy now! (click here). Tickets are selling like hotcakes!
$23.00 ($24.80 w/service fee)
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.
Alison Taylor Cheeseman, alto
Jessica Marsten, soprano
The Sound Shore Chorale
Sunday, April 30th at 3pm
Iona College’s Arrigoni Center, 48 Mayflower Avenue, New Rochelle, NY (map)
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.
La Calisto, an opera by Francesco Cavalli from a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, based on myth
August 12th at 7:30pm
August 19th at 2:00pm
August 26th at 7:30pm
A Summer Share at La Mama
66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003 (click for map)
You can buy them online or at the door. Prices range from $29-44.
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:—
|Diana / Giove in Diana
||Alison Taylor Cheeseman
The Hat: Arendt Meets Heidegger
a one-act opera by Karen Siegel & Zsuzsanna Ardó
Saturday, February 4, 2017
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Hannah Arendt: Karen Siegel
Martin Heidegger: Christopher Dylan Herbert
Ann Mendelssohn: Alison Taylor Cheeseman
Paul McCarthy: Alex Guerrero
Pianist: Trudy Chan
Conductor: Colin Britt
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.
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