Alyson Cambridge amerikansk sopran

Alyson Cambridge amerikansk sopran

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. Her 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 the crossover, 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 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. Ms.
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 Ms. 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.

Ms. 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 Ms. 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-stage appearances. She serves as an official brand
ambassadress for luxury jewelry and watch designer Chopard and fashion
designer Vivienne Tam.

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