Alyson Cambridge American-born soprano

Alyson Cambridge American-born soprano

American soprano Alyson Cambridge, hailed by critics as “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (Washington Post), noted for her “powerful, clear voice” (New York Times) and “revelatory, sensual, smoky readings” (Opera News) is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today.

Alyson Cambridge American-born soprano

Alyson Cambridge rich, warm soprano, combined with her strikingly beautiful stage presence and affecting musical and dramatic interpretation, have brought her over a decade of successes on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Deutsche Oper Berlin,Vienna Konzerthaus, among others, as well as recent debuts in Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and other musical capitals throughout Europe and Asia.Her repertoire includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart (Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira, Violetta, and Micaëla among them) as well as successful forays into thecrossover,Broadway  and jazz repertoire, most notably with award-winning and critically-acclaimed performances of Julie in SHOW BOAT and Vi in Gershwin’s rarely performed jazz-opera BLUE MONDAY.

Alyson’s Cambridge debut album, “FROM THE DIARY OF SALLY HEMINGS,” a song-cycle by acclaimed American composer William Bolcom, premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to rave reviews, and her next album, UNTIL NOW, of crossover, pop, and jazz standards will be released in Fall 2015.

Engagements for the 2015-16 season and beyond include several role and house debuts. Alyson returns to Florentine Opera for her role debut in the title role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY, debuts with the Spoleto Festival USA for her debut as Bess in PORGY AND BESS, a return and debuts with both Dallas Opera and Kentucky Opera in one of her most celebrated roles, Julie in SHOW BOAT,. She will also debut with Washington Performing Arts in solo concert, premiering two new commissions written for her, and in William Bolcom’s song cycle, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings”.

Engagements for the 2014-15 season included: her company debut with San Diego Opera as Mimi
their 50th Anniversary season-opening new production of LA BOHÈME; Musetta in a new production of LA BOHÈME at Washington National Opera, directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Philippe Auguin; her debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist in their Holiday Concert Series; a recital with the Waterford Concert Series in Waterford, VA; in concert with the Spoleto Festival USA for Barber’s KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915. Other highlights of Ms. Cambridge’s 14-15 season included her featured appearances at BET’s Soul Train Music Awards, marking the first performance by an opera singer on the awards show, which was broadcast live on BET and Centric TV networks; the Kennedy Center’s Holiday Concert for U.S. Troops, performing alongside Kristen Chenoweth, Gary Sinese, Marlee Matlin, and more, which will be broadcast on PBS; a Recital at The Supreme Court of the United States with bass-baritone Eric Owens; and the Viennese Opera Ball of New York at the Waldorf=Astoria, at which she hosted and performed. Alyson Cambridge’s multi-album deal with GPR Records includes a forthcoming
classical album in collaboration with tenor Sean Panikkar and pianist Djordje Nesic for an English-language setting of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch,and a solo jazz/crossover album UNTIL NOW, which will be released in Fall 2015.

Operatic highlights of Alyson Cambridge’s recent season include her debuts at London’s Royal Albert Hall (Francesca Zambello production) and Florentine Opera as Mimi in LA BOHÈME, and the title role in a newly-commissioned opera, CLARIMONDE, by renowned French composer and conductor Frederic Chaslin.
On the concert stage, she joined the illustrious Mo. Craig Omaha Symphony for Villa-Lobos’ BACHIANAS BRASILEIRAS and Previn’s HONEY AND RUE with Mo. Thomas Wilkins, and joined the Milwaukee
Symphony for their New Year’s Eve Gala. She was also a featured soloist on the nationally-televised 75th Anniversary Marian Anderson Celebration Concert in Washington, D.C.

Recent notable highlights include: her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut season as Giulietta in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and Julie in SHOW BOAT; three seasons with Washington National Opera (Musetta in LA BOHÈME, Clara in PORGY AND BESS, Julie in Show Boat); her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut (Donna
Elvira in DON GIOVANNI); Polish National Opera (Violetta in LA TRAVIATA);three seasons with Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Mimi , Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Frasquita in CARMEN); Los Angeles Opera (Clara in PORGY AND BESS); two seasons with PORT Opera (Donna Elvira and Musetta); Boston Lyric
Opera (Mimi); and solo concert performances with the Vienna Kamerorchester and Munich Philharmoniker with tenor Joseph Calleja, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Festival de Saint-Denis, a special recital for the US Justices of the Supreme Court, and the internationally radio and TV broadcast concert special “Music and the Spoken Word” as the featured artist with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Ms.Cambridge has also enjoyed performances under the batons of James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Frederic Chaslin, and Emmanuel Villaume.

Alyson Cambridge’s prodigious career got off to an auspicious start – as a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she made her MET debut in 2004 as Frasquita in CARMEN under the baton of James Levine and has since sung numerous roles with the MET over the past seven seasons, including roles in two live HD broadcasts (THAIS and LA RONDINE). Ms. Cambridge received both a B.M. in Voice Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in Sociology from Oberlin College and continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music before being offered a place in the MET’s young artist program. Among numerous awards and prizes, Ms. Cambridge has been awarded First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, was a George London Foundation Award recipient, and won the Régine Crespin Award at the Elardo International Opera Competition.

As part of Alyson Cambridge’s personal mission, and with a strong desire to give back and make an impact beyond the traditional confines of the theater,she lends her time and talent to charities and causes close to her heart,including Sing for Hope, The Humane Society, K9s for Warriors, Hope For Hearts Foundation and American Red Cross. And, as a former athlete and fitness enthusiast, with a penchant for fashion, Ms. Cambridge’s exotic looks (her father is Caribbean/African, her mother American/Scandinavian) have
enabled her to enjoy collaborations with designers for her concert performances and off-stageappearances. She serves as an official brand ambassadress for luxury jewelry and watch designer Chopard and fashion designer Vivienne Tam.

Experienced performances

Opera Roll Operahus Datum
Thais Crobyle Metropolitan Operabio 20.12.2008
La Rondine Bianca Metropolitan Operabio 10.1.2009

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Concert/Gala] CID:350655
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/06/2003
First appearance: Alyson Cambridge, Gioacchino Lauro Li Vigni, Michael Maniaci
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:350939
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/2004
First appearance: Meredith Arwady, Karen Slack
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351015 
Carmen {911}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/21/2004
Debut: Alyson Cambridge
[Met Performance] CID:351019
Carmen {912}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/24/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351023
Carmen {913}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351028
Carmen {914}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/02/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351031
Carmen {915}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/06/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351034
Carmen {916}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/09/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351399
L’Elisir d’Amore {248}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/02/2006
Debut: Andrew Shore
[Met Performance] CID:351404
L’Elisir d’Amore {249}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/07/2006
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351523 
Parsifal {286}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/12/2006
Debut: Jordan Bisch
[Met Performance] CID:351524
L’Elisir d’Amore {250}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/13/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351527
Parsifal {287}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/15/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351529
L’Elisir d’Amore {251}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/17/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351530
Parsifal {288}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/18/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351532
L’Elisir d’Amore {252}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/20/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351819 
Jenufa {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/2007
Debut: Michaela Martens
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:351827
Jenufa {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2007
[Met Performance] CID:351835
Jenufa {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/06/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351844
Jenufa {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/2007
[Met Performance] CID:351852
Jenufa {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/2007
Debut: Jay Hunter Morris
[Met Performance] CID:351860
Jenufa {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352738 
New Production
Thaïs {64}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/08/2008
Debuts: Alain Vernhes, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Zahra Hashemian, Sara Jo Slate
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352744
Thaïs {65}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352756
Thaïs {66}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352766 
Thaïs {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/2008
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352775
Thaïs {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352781
Thaïs {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352784
Thaïs {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352796 
New Production
La Rondine {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/2008
Debuts: Marius Brenciu, Elizabeth DeShong
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352797
Thaïs {71}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/02/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352799
La Rondine {20}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/03/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352800
Thaïs {72}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/05/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352807
La Rondine {21}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/07/2009
[Met Performance] CID:356792
Thaïs {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/08/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352809
Thaïs {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/08/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352811 
La Rondine {22}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/2009
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352815
La Rondine {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352864
La Rondine {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/11/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352871
La Rondine {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352884
La Rondine {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352893
La Rondine {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/2009
Debut: Katie Van Kooten
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352904
La Rondine {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2009

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