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Vanguard Award

American soprano Alyson Cambridge is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today. Her rich, lirico-spinto soprano, combined with a striking stage presence and affecting musical and dramatic interpretation, have brought her nearly two decades of success 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, and Kennedy Center, but to name a few. Her operatic repertoire often includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart (Madama Butterfly, Mimi and Donna Elvira frequently among them), as well as successful forays into the “crossover”, Broadway 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 recent Broadway debut in ROCKOPTIA.  Alyson's debut album, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings,” a classical song-cycle by acclaimed American composer William Bolcom, premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to rave reviews, and her second album, “Until Now”, a mix of jazz, pop, and musical theater standards was released in January 2016 on the Naxos imprint Suite 28 Records. 

Engagements for the 2017-18 season and beyond include her return to The Metropolitan Opera and Florentine Opera for her role debuts as Hanna in The Merry Widow, and debuts with Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera in the title role of CARMEN.  Concert engagements include “A Night at the Opera” and “Sisters in Song” concert performances with the Lake Forest Symphony, a concert with the Milwaukee Symphony, recital with The Laguna Beach Music Festival, a New York recital performance of “From the Diary of Sally Hemings”, and a tour of her jazz/crossover album “Until Now”. She also makes her Broadway debut in ROCKTOPIA and joins the company on a US national tour.

Recent and notable career highlights and engagements for Alyson include: the title role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Florentine Opera; her role and company debut with the Spoleto Festival USA as Bess in PORGY AND BESS; debuts with Nashville Opera as Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI, and debuts with both Dallas Opera and Kentucky Opera in one of her most celebrated roles, Julie in SHOW BOAT.  She also debuted with Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center in solo concert, premiering two new commissions written for her, and in William Bolcom’s song cycle, “From the Diary of Sally Hemings”; her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut 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,  her debut 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, her company debut with San Diego Opera as Mimi in their 50th Anniversary season opening new production of LA BOHÈME; her debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA Symphony for Barber’s KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915.  She was also featured on 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, and was hosted the BET documentary “To Thee We Sing: The 75th Anniversary Marian Anderson Celebration”; the Kennedy Center’s Holiday Concert for U.S. Troops, performing alongside Kristen Chenoweth, Gary Sinese, Marlee Matlin, and more; and the Viennese Opera Ball of New York at the Waldorf=Astoria, at which she has both hosted and performed for several years. 

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 eight 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 The Fresh Air Fund, Sing for Hope, The Humane Society, K9s for Warriors, Hope For Hearts Foundation and American Red Cross.  And, as a model, former athlete and fitness enthusiast, with a penchant for fashion, she has been able enjoy collaborations with designers and other lifestyle companies for her concert performances, ad campaigns, and off-stage appearances. 


The 27th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala

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