Alison Taylor Cheeseman is a performing artist and composer. She was recently commissioned by the ensemble Alkemie to write a new piece setting a text (“Coindeta sui!”) by an anonymous twelfth-century troubaritz, which will be performed in a concert of new works at National Sawdust in late February 2024. Her first public outing as a composer came in 2019 with her Four Sonnets, commissioned by and performed with Christopher Caines Dance.

Among her other favorite projects to date: the title roles in both Rossini’s La cenerentola and Massenet’s Cendrillon; the twin roles of Diana/Giove-in-Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto; Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos; Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; Alto/Soprano II soloist in Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Helena Symphony Orchestra; the premiere of a set of songs for mezzo and guitar by Gregory Mertl; and WOW, an opera-in-progress about the pop duo Milli Vanilli (Diebes/Hawkey).

Alison has performed with organizations including New York City Opera, Experimental Sound Studio, Opera in Williamsburg, Geneva Light Opera, Bronx Opera, Utopia Opera, BRIC, dell’Arte Opera, Taksu Theatre Company, Amato Opera, the New York State Early Music Association, and Big Apple Baroque. She holds a degree in Creative Writing and Studio Art from Stanford University.