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 débuts in Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and other musical capitals throughout Europe and Asia.
This season, Cambridge performs the title role in Carmen with Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera, Bess in Porgy & Bess, a concert of songs with National Orchestra Institute and Wolf Trap Opera, and Julie in Show Boat with Glimmerglass Festival. She also performs in various concerts and recitals including the Harriman-Jewel Series’ recital and gala, the Glimmerglass gala, On Site Opera’s gala, Florentine Opera’s “Opera’s Greatest Hits”concert, an Italian opera concert with The Cleveland Pops, and “From the Diary of Sally Hemings” with Victory Hall Opera. Her latest album, “Sisters in Song,” with fellow soprano, Nicole Cabell, was released in September 21stof 2018 and will tour the country in the 2019-2020 season. Last season, she made her Broadway début in Rocktopia, which she will reprise her on tour throughout the U.S. She will also return to Washington National Opera in 2020 to sing Bess in Porgy and Bess.
Last season, Ms. Cambridge joined The Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Merry Widow, which she also performed with Florentine Opera as Hanna Glawari, and sang multiple concerts, including “Leading Lady”at the Irvine Barclay Center, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings” at the Church of the Intercession for the acclaimed concert series The Crypt Sessions, “Sisters in Song” with Lake Forest Symphony, “Monticello Overheard” with Victory Hall Opera, and a program of American song with the Laguna Beach Music Festival.
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 début as Frasquita in Carmen and has since sung numerous roles with the MET over the past seven seasons, including roles in two live HD broadcasts of Thaïs and La rondine.
Alyson’s début album, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings,” a song-cycle by acclaimed American composer William Bolcom, premièred at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to rave reviews, and her album, “Until Now”, a mix of jazz, pop, and musical theater standards was released in January 2016 on the Naxos imprint Suite 28 Records, both available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. In her latest album, “Sisters in Song,” she is joined by fellow soprano, Nicole Cabell, for a variety of operatic, classical song, and African-American spiritual duets, featuring The Lake Forest Symphony, led by Vladimir Kulenovic, and produced by Jim Ginsburg of Cedille Records.
Recent notable highlights include her Lyric Opera of Chicago début as Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann; Musetta in La bohème with Washington National Opera; her Deutsche Opera Berlin début as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; her début as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the Spoleto Festival USA; Mimì in La bohème with San Diego Opera for their 50th Anniversary Season and in her debut with London’s Royal Albert Hall; Violetta in La traviata with Polish National Opera; her role début in the title role of Madama Butterfly with Florentine Opera; and the title role in a newly-commissioned opera, Clarimonde, by renowned French composer and conductor Frederic Chaslin.
One of her most celebrated roles, Julie in Show Boat, has taken her to débuts with Dallas Opera as well as performances with Washington National Opera and Kentucky Opera. In addition, she has performed Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; both Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Musetta in La boheme with Opera Maine (formerly PORT Opera); Clara in Porgy and Bess with Los Angeles Opera; and Mimì in La bohème with the Florentine Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
She débuted with Washington Performing Arts in a solo concert, premiering two new commissions written for her, and in William Bolcom’s song cycle, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings.”Her solo concert performances has taken her to the Vienna Kamerorchester and Munich Philharmoniker with tenor Joseph Calleja, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Festival de Saint-Denis, 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.
She made several featured appearances at BET’s Soul Train Music Awards, marking her the first opera singer to perform on the awards show, which was broadcast live on BET and Centric TV networks. She also appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Holiday Concert for U.S. Troops, performing alongside Kristen Chenoweth, Gary Sinese, Marlee Matlin, and more, which was broadcast on PBS, and gave a special Recital at The Supreme Court of the United States with bass-baritone Eric Owens. She was also a featured soloist on the nationally-televised 75th Anniversary Marian Anderson Celebration Concert in Washington, D.C.
Other concert engagements included joining the illustrious Mo. Craig Jessop and his American Festival Chorus and Orchestra; Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras and Previn’s Honey and Rue with Mo. Thomas Wilkins for the Omaha Symphony; and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in concert with the Spoleto Festival USA.
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.