I’m excited to announce that I’ve just signed on for a month-long workshop and performances of WOW, a new opera in development by composer Joe Diebes, director David Levine and poet Christian Hawkey. Performances will take place during the last two weekends of January 2014 at BRIC House. More info to come!
As announced on dell’Arte’s Facebook page:
“First Prize” is awarded to Alison Cheeseman “For constant commitment to the process and for consistently evolving integration of acting and singing technique. An unquestionable example of what dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is all about.” Through the entire five-month process, Alison never once stopped striving (personally and as a committed colleague) and delivered finely etched performances every night.
“Dell’Arte serves as a training ground for rising young singers, and the vocal performances here spoke well for its efforts. Greer Davis, a soprano, was wonderful as Poppea, clear-voiced and self-possessed; Alison Taylor Cheeseman, a mezzo-soprano, was also lovely and sturdy as Nerone. Their blend was excellent in “Pur ti miro.””
James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
“Nobly abiding by the composer’s prescribed vocal ranges, the production featured a mezzo as Nerone, the brooding and fiery Alison Cheeseman… Looking remarkably like a young Patti Smith, Cheeseman commanded the role’s wide-ranging vocal and dramatic compass—from raging at the roadblocks Ottavia and Seneca throw in his way to swooning at his lover’s demanding charms.
As Poppea, Greer Davis was a bewitching young seductress on the make… their powerful erotic connection held the evening’s focus.”