Alyson Cambridge is an accomplished operatic soprano. She was born in 1980 to a Guyanese father, an Economist at the World Bank, and a Danish-American mother who works at the Academy of Natural Science. Alyson grew up in an affluent suburb of Washington, D.C. She attended Oberlin College where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance from the Conservatory and a Bachelors of Sociology.
In her first year at the Curtis Institute of Music, at age 23, she was the Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Nine months later she debuted at the MET as Frasquita in Carmen under renowned music conductor/director James Levine, a performance that earned her praises from many news outlets including the New York Times for her “powerful, clear voice”. Alyson has since achieved over a decade of success for her superlative performances throughout the U.S. and internationally.
In addition to the MET, she has wowed the audience at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Washington National Opera, as well as recent debuts in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Beijing, and other musical capitals throughout Europe and Asia. Among numerous awards and prizes, Alyson was also awarded First Prize in the 2003 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition.
She was a 2004 George London Foundation Award recipient and received the Régine Crespin Award at the 2008 Elardo International Opera Competition. 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 next album of crossover and jazz standards is due out within the next year.
Alyson is also a brand ambassador for luxury watch and jewelry designer Chopard. As part of her 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.
Source: Institute of Caribbean Studies newsletter