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Alyson Cambridge


Alyson Cambridge's rich, warm soprano, combined with her strikingly beautiful stage presence and her affecting musical and dramatic interpretation, have brought her success on the opera stages of leading theatres in the United States as well as future debuts in musical capitols in Europe and Asia. Her lyric soprano repertoire includes the roles of Mimi in La bohéme, Violetta in La traviata, Liu in Il turandot, the title role in Manon, Marguerite in Faust, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, and Micaëla in Carmen.

Highlights of her 2011-12 season included her debuts with Deutsche Oper Berlin as Donna Elvira, with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann and as Julie in Show Boat, and as Mimi in La bohéme with Hungarian National Opera. Upcoming engagements include Mimi in La bohéme at Opera Grand Rapids and her return to the Washington National Opera for Show Boat.  

Her 2010-11 season included two European debuts - first with Polish National Opera as Violetta in then as Donna Elvira with Savonlinna Opera Festival. Ms. Cambridge also returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Micaëla and to The Metropolitan Opera for La bohème. Her work in concert that season began with her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a New Year's Eve Gala, followed by her Paris debut at the Festival de Saint-Denis in performances of Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 & 5, and performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Alabama Symphony. She also had the honor of appearing in a prestigious recital for the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court with tenor Matthew Polenzani.

A frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, her debut came in 2004 under the baton of James Levine as Frasquita in Carmen. Her recent work with the MET includes performances as Crobyle in a new production of Thaïs, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, and as Bianca in Nicolas Joël's new production of La Rondine, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Both productions were broadcast live in high-definition to cinemas around the world. Other MET roles include Karolka in Jen?fa, Flowermaiden in Parsifal, and Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore.  She has also performed with Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Cleveland, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and in Japan under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. 

Her recent concert  performances include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Sir Simon Rattle and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra; a program of songs and arias with the San Francisco Symphony, Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony; Brahms's Requiem and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra; Mendelsohn's Elijah with the Baton Rouge Symphony; Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Stamford Symphony; and the Porgy and Bess Suite with Peter Nero and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Omaha Symphony.  She is also an active recitalist and has appeared in solo recitals and concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., Barbados and Hawaii.  She most recently toured in recital in support of her 2010 debut CD release of William Bolcom's song cycle, From the Diary of Sally Hemings, including the New York premiere at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

She received both a B.M. in Voice Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in Sociology from Oberlin College. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  Her numerous awards and prizes include Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2003, First Prize in the 2003 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, a 2004 George London Foundation Award , and the Régine Crespin Award at the 2008 Elardo.

April 2012
Alyson Cambridge