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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 (7:15 PM), 2020 at the Valentine Theatre
Spend a gala evening featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano and Toledo Opera favorite Alyson Cambridge.
Gala Dinner, cocktails, and Concert - $250
Cocktails begin at 7 PM
Concert begins at 8:00 PM
Dinner begins at 9:15 PM
Cocktails and concert only - $100
Sponsorship Tables begin at $3,000 (Call 419.255.7464 for more information)
Alyson Cambridge, Soprano
Over the past 15 years, Alyson Cambridge has established herself as a leading soprano performing at The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, to name a few. As she continues to grow in both the theatre and classical world, Ms. Cambridge is praised for her “powerful, clear voice” by The New York Times, hailed by critics for her “radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and artistically imaginative” performances (Washington Post), and celebrated for her “sultry and seductive readings” (Opera News). This season, Ms. Cambridge will reprise her role in Broadway’s Rocktopia on tour throughout the U.S. Additionally, Cambridge performed as a soloist in Victory Hall Opera’s production of From the Diary of Sally Hemings, perform the role of Bess (Porgy and Bess) with National Orchestral Institute/Wolf Trap Opera and Washington National Opera, Julie in Show Boat with Glimmerglass Opera, Coretta Scott King (I Dream) for Opera Carolina, as well as Mother Abbess in Northern Stage’s Sound of Music. Her latest album, “Sisters in Song,” where she is joined with fellow soprano, Nicole Cabell, was released in September of 2018 and will embark on a country wide tour. Last season, Cambridge performed the role of Bess (Porgy & Bess) with Spoleto Festival USA. In recent seasons, Ms. Cambridge joined The Metropolitan Opera for their production of The Merry Widow, which she later performed with Florentine Opera as Hanna Glawari; performed in multiple concerts, including Leading Lady at the Irvine Barclay Center, From the Diary of Sally Hemings at the Church of the Intercession for the acclaimed concert series The Crypt Sessions, Sisters in Song with Lake Forest Symphony, Monticello Overheard with Victory Hall Opera, and a program of American song with the Laguna Beach Music Festival. Ms. Cambridge has appeared with Toledo Opera in their Opera Gala 2020 and in the title role of Carmen.
Kevin Bylsma, Piano
With more than two decades experience as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist, choral conductor, and organist, Kevin J. Bylsma is a musician of impressive depth and ability, well known for his work in opera, art song, and oratorio. A longtime member of the Toledo Opera staff as Head of Music Preparation and Chorus Master, Kevin was formerly Music Director of the Department of Community Programs for the Michigan Opera Theatre and vocal coach, accompanist, and chorus master for OPERA! Lenawee. In recitals and master classes, he has collaborated with the great American singers Samuel Ramey, Diane Soviero, Marilyn Horne, Michelle De Young, and Irina Mishura. He is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ann Arbor Festival of Song, and his solo piano performances and collaborative work have been featured on WTGE’s Live from FM91 program. Dedicated to the education and training of the next generation of operatic talent, Mr. Bylsma is Instructor of Opera and repetiteur at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, responsible for vocal coaching and serving as a collaborative pianist for the school’s large body of young singers. Mr. Bylsma also serves on the artistic staff of OperaWorks, an intensive opera training program, based in Los Angeles, CA. and he is the Associate Organist of the historic Mariner’s Church of Detroit.