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.
Sunday, 5 May 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9 May 2019, 7:00 p.m.
The Kimball Theatre (map)
428 W Duke of Gloucester St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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.
Click here to buy them online.
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.”
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.
Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Allan R. Scott, conductor
Alison Taylor Cheeseman, mezzo-soprano
Rachel E. Copeland, soprano
Johnathan Weyant, tenor
Peter Kendall Clark, baritone
Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
Sunday, 24 February 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, 25 February 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Helena
530 N Ewing St, Helena, MT 59601 (map)
Available for purchase through the HSO website — click here!
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.
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia),
performed in English with chamber orchestra.
Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm
The Smith Opera House
82 Seneca St, Geneva, NY 14456
James Blachly, Conductor
Benjamin Spierman, Stage Director
— Cast —
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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!
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.