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Alyson Cambridge | soprano

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.

Her repertoire includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart (Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira, Violetta, and Micaëla among them) as well as successful forays into the crossover, Broadway and jazz repertoire, most notably with award-winning and critically-acclaimed performances of Julie in SHOW BOAT and Vi in Gershwin’s rarely performed jazz-opera BLUE MONDAY.

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, Amazon and Spotify.

Bruce Sledge | tenor

Bruce Sledge is one of today’s most in-demand tenori di grazia and sings a wide variety of repertoire with many international houses. His 2016-2017 season includes a return to the Welsh National Opera for performances in two leading roles, Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice and Macduff in Macbeth, a return to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, and a performance with the Defiant Requiem in Vienna. Future projects include a return to the Canadian Opera Company, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Santa Fe Opera, all in leading roles.

Recent projects for Mr. Sledge include a return to the Vancouver Opera to sing the Duke in Rigoletto and his debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Paolo Erisso in Maometto Secondo. Prior to that, he had big personal successes in both of those roles with the Santa Fe Opera, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Thomas Ades’ The Tempest. In concert, the tenor was heard in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Spoleto USA Festival and with the Radio Television Ireland Orchestra in Dublin, in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the National Symphony, and in Popera concerts with Opera Tampa. Prior to that, he made debuts with the Welsh National Opera as Leicester in Maria Stuarda, with the Opéra de Bordeaux as Percy in Anna Bolena and as the Duke in Rigoletto with Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Sledge returned to the Santa Fe Opera as Vladimir Vladimirescu and the Fisherman in the double-bill of Mozart’s The Impresario and Stravinsky’s Rossignol, and appeared in concert with the Risca Male Choir in Wales.

Other recent projects for Mr. Sledge include performances of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte with the Metropolitan Opera, Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda for his debut with the Minnesota Opera, Tamino with the Manitoba Opera, Count Almaviva in Il Nozze di Figaro in Hamburg and in Grand Rapids, and his debut in Avenches, Switzerland, as the Duke in Rigoletto, as well as performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony and Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with the San Diego Symphony.