Hoku Concert: Alyson Cambridge

alyson-headshot2016 Fall Hoku Concert

A Benefit for Aloha Performing Arts Company
Friday, November 11, 2016

Hawaiian Queen Coffee Gardens
75-1048 Henry Street, Kailua Kona

6:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm Concert

Admission $100
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Biography

American soprano Alyson Cambridge has been 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).  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 diverse repertoire includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart (Mimi, Musetta, Donna Elvira, Violetta, and Micaëla among them) as well as recent successful forays into the crossover, Broadway, and jazz repertoire, most notably with her recent award-winning and critically-acclaimed performances of Julie in SHOW BOAT and Vi in Gershwin’s rarely performed jazz-opera BLUE MONDAY.  Ms. Cambridge’s recently released her 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 of crossover and jazz standrds, UNTIL NOW, will be released this fall.

Ms. Cambridge’s 2015-2016 season features her role debut as Cio-Cio San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY in a return to Florentine Opera, her company debuts with Kentucky Opera and The Dallas Opera as Julie in SHOW BOAT, and her return to the Spoleto Festival USA for a role debut as Bess in PORGY AND BESS. Ms. Cambridge will also perform a solo concert, IN HER VOICE, under the auspices of Washington Performing Arts at The Kennedy Center, featuring two newly-commissioned works by Adam Schoenberg and Jeffrey Mumford, as well as a performance of Ms. Cambridge’s album FROM THE DIARY OF SALLY HEMINGS by William Bolcom.

Operatic highlights of Ms. Cambridge’s recent seasons include her debuts at San Diego Opera, 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. Ms. Cambridge also returned to Washington National Opera as Musetta in a new production of LA BOHÈME directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Philippe Auguin. On the concert stage, she made her debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist in their Holiday Concert Series, performed with the Spoleto Festival USA in Barber’s KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915, was a featured soloist in Opera Birmingham’s Home for the Holidays program, joined the illustrious Mo. Craig Jessop and his American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, returned to the Omaha Symphony for Villa-Lobos’ BACHIANAS BRASILEIRAS and Previn’s HONEY AND RUE with Mo. Thomas Wilkins, and sang with 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., and gave a recital with the Waterford Concert Series in Waterford, VA.

Other highlights of Ms. Cambridge’s recent seasons 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 was broadcast on PBS; and the Viennese Opera Ball of New York at the Waldorf=Astoria, at which she was also be the host. 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, a solo jazz/crossover album, and William Bolcom’s 75th Anniversary album as a featured artist.

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 Instituate 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.