Join us for a Glimpse from From the Diary of Sally Hemings, sung by soprano Alyson Cambridge with piano by Djordje Nesic.
This dramatic song cycle by William Bolcom and Sandra Seaton imagines the experience of Sally Hemings, who was enslaved by Thomas Jefferson, through fictional diary entries. Sung in first person with piano, the piece tells Hemings’ story from age 9 until Jefferson’s death. A story of love, conflict and profound depth, this is sure to be a powerful performance.
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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 debuts in Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and other musical capitals throughout Europe and Asia. Alyson’s 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 newest album, “Until Now”, a mix of jazz, pop, and musical theater standards was released in January 2016 on the Naxos imprint Suite 28 Records, and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
William Bolcom, composer
Sandra Seaton, librettist
Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Alyson Cambridge, soprano
Djordje Nesic, pianist
S. Katy Tucker, video design
Filmed at Merkin Hall
Kaufman Music Center
Point of Order, video and editing
Ben Young, mixing and mastering