Category Archives: Past Performances

War and Peace: Music for Unsettling Times, April 2015

What?
The Sound Shore Chorale, under the baton of Artistic Director Richard Slade, will sing selections on war and peace, including Haydn’s Mass In A Time Of War, Max Helfman’s Hashkiveinu, and other choral prayers for peace.

When?
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Where?
Arrigoni Center at Iona College (map)
58 Mayflower Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Who?
Soloists include Jessica Marsten, soprano; Alison Cheeseman, mezzo-soprano; David Root, tenor; Gregg Lauterbach, baritone; Cynthia Reynolds, soprano; and Richard Slade, tenor. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra and by pianist Diane Guernsey.

Tickets?
Admission is $20 at the door
($15 for Seniors, $10 for Students, and free to Iona College students and faculty/staff)

For more information, call 914-512-5957 or email at info@SoundShoreChorale.com.

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

Ariadne auf Naxos, June 2015

What?
Utopia Opera presents a production of Richard Strauß’ opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, with chamber orchestra. I will be performing the role of Der Komponist (The Composer).

When?
Saturday, June 6 & Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:30pm

Where?
Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 (map)
The hall is on the fourth floor of the “Hunter North” building.
Use the 69th Street Entrance (between Park & Lexington Aves).

Who?
Conductor & Music Director: William Remmers
Stage Director: Benjamin Spierman

The Cast:
Composer: Alison Cheeseman
Zerbinetta: Halley Gilbert
Ariadne: Alexandra Lang
Bacchus: Shawn Thuris
Musicmaster: Jack Anderson White
Dancemaster: Elliott Deasy
Scaramuccio: Samuel Themer
Harlekin: Jonathan Rohr
Truffaldin: Roman Laba
Najade: Angela Dinkleman
Dryade: Monica Hershenson Thuris
Echo: Hannah Spierman
Wigmaker: Matthew Walsh
Officer: John Kim
Lackey: Benjamin Spierman
Major-Domo: David Seatter

Tickets?
$20 general admission cash (or $23 check), paid at the door.
***You may make a reservation by filling out this form online.  Please do so!  You don’t have to pay in advance, but it is very helpful for the company to know how many people to expect, and besides I will get brownie points if you mention my name when you make your reservation 😉 ***

Le nozze di Figaro, August 2015

What?
dell’Arte Opera Ensemble presents a production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, with the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra. I will be performing the role of Marcellina.

When?
Friday, August 14th @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 16th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, August 29th @ 7:30 pm

Where?
The Rose Nagelberg Theater in the Baruch Performing Arts Center (map)
Entrance and Box Office at 155 E. 25th St. (between Lexington and 3rd Aves.), NYC

Who?
Conductor and Music Director: John Spencer IV
Stage Director: Eve Summer

The Cast:
Figaro: Rodolfo Nieto
Susanna: Olivia Betzen
Countess: Jennifer Townshend
Count: John Callison
Cherubino: Heather Jones
Marcellina: Alison Cheeseman
Bartolo: Michael Spaziani
Basilio: Korland Simmons
Antonio: Jonathan Dauermann
Barbarina: Ashley Alden

Tickets?
Ticket prices start at $22.  Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Iolanta, November 2014

This month I will be singing the role of Marta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.  The opera will be presented on a double-bill with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.   Our cast includes the lovely and talented soprano Anna Farysej as Iolanta, tenor Aaron Blankenfeld as her suitor Vaudemont, and bass Hans Tashijan as King Rene.

When?
Thursday, November 13th, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 15th, 12:00pm
Saturday, November 22th, 7:30pm
Where?
Washington Irving High School Auditorium
40 Irving Place, NYC

 

Tickets?
You can reserve a ticket for the cast discount price of $15 by contacting me with your name and the date of the performance you wish to attend. I’ll put your name on the list and you can pay the discounted price at the door.

Regularly priced tickets are $35 at the door or online.

The Medium, October 2014

I’m excited to announce that I will be singing the role of Mrs. Nolan in The Medium (Menotti) with Taksu Theatre Company.

When?
Friday, October 10th, 9:30pm
Saturday, October 11, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 12th, 2:00pm
Monday, October 13th, 9:30pm
Where?
The West End Lounge & Cabaret
955 West End Avenue, NYC

 

Who?

Baba: Stephanie Gray
Monica: Hanna Fuerst
Toby: Alejandro La Rosa
Mrs. Gobineau: Tonya Roberts
Mr. Gobineau: John Kownacki
Mrs. Nolan: Alison Cheeseman
Director: Miles Mandwelle
Music Director: Matthew Stephens
Producing Director: Sarah Summerwell
Stage Manager: Nicole Green
Assistant director: Simone Bart
Movement Coach: Ryan Pater
Alexander Coach: Julie Edwards
Lighting Designer: Ben Demarest
Costume Designer: Sarah Whicker

Tickets?
Tickets are $18 (general admission) available via SmartTix.com
*
** Two Important Notes regarding tickets***
1) Please enter the code “ATC” when you purchase your tickets.
2) Be aware that the venue is a cabaret/lounge space.  The price of the ticket does not include the $15 bar minimum or gratuity.

And?
Here are some links that may be of interest:

Pe(t)er Gynt, May 2014

Next week I’ll be performing in an adaptation of Ibsen’s fantastical poem-play, Peer Gynt, as part of the Duct Tape & A Dream New Works Festival.  Here are the deets:

What?
A triple bill! consisting of:
? 12 Things I Learned in my 20s
Written by Alex Beck, Directed by Leicester Landon
? Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously
Written and Directed by Lauren Rayner
? Pe(t)er Gynt
Adapted and Directed by Victoria Crutchfield

When?
May 14 and 16 @8pm
May 17 @3pm

Where?
Theatre 54
244 West 54th Street
12th Floor
NYC 10019

Who?
Featuring Greer Davis, Alison Cheeseman, Stewart Kramer, Billie Aken-tyers, Tamara Sevunts, Jason Paul Andrews, Daniel Holme, and Blaire O’Leary

Tickets?
Tickets ($18) can be purchased in advanced through SmartTix or at the door.

New Brew, April 2014

This coming Friday I’ll be singing in an event that is part of the “New Brew” series run by Opera on Tap.  In one piece — “Fire,” a very short opera by Christian McLeer  —  I sing the role of an unnamed early hominid, thwarted in romance, and with a thirst for violence.  In the other — a scene from “The Hat,” a preview of a work-in-progress by Karen Siegel and Zsuzsanna Ardó — I play Anne Mendelssohn, in a story about Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger.  These are on-book performances with no staging nor special effects.  The performance venue is a friendly Brooklyn bar called Barbès, which features a fine selection of beers and single malts, among other things.  $10 suggested donation.

When?
Friday, April 4th, at 8:00PM

Where?
Barbès
376 9th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(at the corner of 6th Ave., in Park Slope)

Who?
Featuring: Anne Hiatt, Kamala Sankaram, Alex Guerrero, Seth Gilman, Delea Shand, Krista Wozniak, Cameron Russell, and Alison Cheeseman with Amir Khosrowpour at the piano.

WOW: An Opera, January 2014

For six performances starting this coming Thursday, January 23rd, I will be singing in a new and very experimental opera, WOW, as the Voice of Rob (Pilatus), who performed as one of the infamous Milli Vanilli duo.  Here’s a snip from the press release with all the critical deets:

Work-in-progress performances of WOW will take place January 23–25and January 30–February 1 at 8pm at BRIC House, located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door and can be purchased by visiting BRICartsmedia.org or by calling OvationTix at 866.811.4111.

More soon!

Fundraiser Concert for the Production Nest Egg, October 2013

THE Production nest egg presents
OVER EASY: A concert of operetta and operatic offerings — the familiar served up with the offbeat! — No plot, no pretense, no pressure…

Elizabeth Hastings, Musical Director

Singers: Rachel Arky, Nathan Bahny, Brad Baron, Sarah Best, Laurelyn Watson Chase, Alison Taylor Cheeseman, Peter Kendall Clark, Cory Clines, Molly Davey, Charlotte Detrick, Gary Dimon, Elizabeth Fagan, Jacob Feldman, Donald Groves, Katja Heuzeroth, Daniel Hoy, Adam Klein, Daniel Klein, Lawrence Long, Douglas McDonnell, James Mills, Daniel Molkentin, Nils Neubert, Lindsay O’Neil, Rogelio Peñaverde Jr., Erika Person, Joshua Michael Seals, Paul Sigrist, Sarah Caldwell Smith, Rebecca Spence, Tami Swartz, Katie Travis, Eric Werner, and guest artist, Dan Franklin Smith

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th at 7 PM
at The Church For All Nations
417 West 57th Street (west of Ninth Avenue)

$20 by October 25 ($25 at the door)

BROWN PAPER TICKETS at 1 (800) 838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/475699

All proceeds go to THE Production nest egg