Alyson Cambridge

Alyson Cambridge

American soprano Alyson Cambridge is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today. She is praised for her “powerful, clear voice” by The New York Times, hailed by critics for her “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and artistically imaginative” performances (Washington Post), and celebrated for her “sultry and seductive readings” (Opera News). Combined with a striking stage presence and affecting musical and dramatic interpretation, she has nearly two decades of success on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, and New York’s Broadway Theatre, to name a few.

Calendar

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Sep 15
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Sep 19
I Dream
Coretta Scott King
Opera Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Event Date
Jan 20
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Jan 22
I Dream
Coretta Scott King
Charlottesville Opera
Charlottesville, Virginia

Artist Bio

American soprano Alyson Cambridge is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today. She is praised for her “powerful, clear voice” by The New York Times, hailed by critics for her “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and artistically imaginative” performances (Washington Post), and celebrated for her “sultry and seductive readings” (Opera News). Combined with a striking stage presence and affecting musical and dramatic interpretation, she has nearly two decades of success on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, and New York’s Broadway Theatre, to name a few.

Her operatic repertoire often includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart (Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La boheme and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni frequently among them), as well as her signature roles of Carmen and Bess in Porgy and Bess.  She has also made successful forays into musical theater and jazz repertoire, most notably with award-winning and critically-acclaimed performances as Julie in Show Boat, Vi in Gershwin’s rarely performed jazz-opera Blue Monday, and her Broadway debut in Rocktopia.

She will return to Broadway in a new musical fusion show, Rock Me Amadeus, in which she not only stars but is also co-creator and co-producer.  She has released three critically acclaimed classical and jazz albums, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings” and “Until Now”, respectively. Her most recent album, “Sisters In Song”, along with fellow soprano, Nicole Cabell, is a unique compilation of opera and spiritual duets.

In the Spring of 2021, she sang Gala Concerts for Toledo Opera, Levine Music, and Glimmerglass Opera.  Upcoming performances include Coretta Scott King in I Dream with Opera Carolina and Charlottesville Opera, and a return to Glimmerglass Opera in 2022.

Scheduled performances for Ms. Cambridge in the 2020-2021 Season included Bess in Porgy and Bess with Washington National Opera, Elsa Schrader in The Sound of Music with The Glimmerglass Festival, Mimi in La bohème with Opera Memphis, a series of holiday concerts with Portland Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Carnegie Hall for her annual ‘Tis the Season: Songs of the Season concert.  Previously in 2019, Cambridge performed as Mother Abbess in Northern Stage’s Sound of Music, Julie in Show Boat with Glimmerglass Opera, reprised her role in Broadway’s Rocktopia on tour throughout the U.S. and performed as soloist in Victory Hall Opera’s production of From the Diary of Sally Hemings. Additionally, she performed in various concerts and recitals such as at Jacksonville Symphony for their New Year’s Eve concert, Carnegie Hall for their series Tis the Sunday: Songs of the Season in a Solo concert, Glimmerglass Opera for their virtual presentation of From the Diary of Sally Hemings, and Portland Symphony Orchestra for The Magic of Christmas.

In prior seasons, Ms. Cambridge joined The Metropolitan Opera for their production of The Merry Widow, which she later performed with Florentine Opera as Hanna Glawari; performed the title role in Carmen with Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera, and the role of Bess in Porgy & Bess with Spoleto Festival USA, performed in multiple concerts, including the Harriman-Jewel Series’ recital and gala, the Glimmerglass gala, On Site Opera’s gala, an Italian opera concert with The Cleveland Pops, “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 Overheardwith Victory Hall Opera, and a program of American song with the Laguna Beach Music Festival.

Notable operatic 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 Oper 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 for her début 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 and performances with Washington National Opera and Kentucky Opera. Additionally, she performed Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Musetta in La boheme with Opera Maine; 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.

Alyson’s vast and diverse breadth of experience both on and off stage, and behind the scenes, has also led to her work as a producer.  She co-produced New York’s Viennese Opera Ball at the famed former Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for four consecutive years, and served as co-host for two.  She has produced three concerts at Carnegie Hall, all of which had a philanthropic mission and whose proceeds had a charitable recipient.  In November 2018, Alyson produced the inaugural “Tis the Sunday: Songs of the Season”, which was met with critical acclaim, and returned in 2019.  She is currently the co-creator and co-producer of a new musical show, Rock Me Amadeus, which fuses opera and classical music with classic rock, pop and soul, and features a star-studded ensemble cast.

As a model, fitness enthusiast, with a penchant for fashion, Alyson has been featured in a wide range of print and television commercial advertising campaigns in the fashion, beauty, health and wellness spaces.  She has also been able enjoy collaborations with designers and other lifestyle companies for her concert performances and off-stage appearances.   Her comfort both on stage and on camera has also lent itself to numerous acting and hosting engagements.

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 The Fresh Air Fund, Sing for Hope, Daniel’s Music Foundation, The Humane Society, K9s for Warriors, Hope For Hearts Foundation and American Red Cross.

Updated September 1, 2021.

Video

Excerpts from Carmen

“il est doux, il est bon”

Alyson Cambridge Hosting Reel

Rock Me Amadeus Live – Black Hole Soleil

Rock Me Amadeus Live – Love Hurts Uninvited

Rock Me Amadeus Live – Ode to Believin’ (Ode to Joy & Don’t Stop Believin’ Mashup)

Rock Me Amadeus Live – A Rockin’ Holiday Medley

Rock Me Amadeus Live – Roxanne/Carmen

Introducing Rock Me Amadeus Live!

Press

"...delivers breathtaking notes of music..." – Broadway World

The Merry Widow – “Cambridge embodies the effervescent widow, her eyes dancing as she delivers breathtaking notes of music with palpable magnetism.”

"...compelling visually and vocally as Bess..." – Financial Times

Porgy and Bess – “Alyson Cambridge, singing opulently, was compelling visually and vocally as Bess, whose genuine love for Porgy is compromised by her loose morals…”

"...sensual, smoky readings..." – Opera News

Porgy and Bess – “Cambridge’s sensual, smoky readings were revelatory.”

"...powerful, clear voice...” – The New York Times

Carmen – “Worthy of mention is the company debut of Alyson Cambridge as a Frasquita with a powerful, clear voice.”

"...the most interesting person there...” – Washington Post

L'elisir d'amore – “Her Adina was radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling and artistically imaginative. Even amid a stage full of singing and dancing, she could sit off to the side reading quietly and be the most interesting person there.”