The Crypt Sessions

Alyson Cambridge

From The Diary of Sally Hemings

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032
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the long version

Soprano Alyson Cambridge takes a break from singing at the world’s top opera stages (as well as modeling, acting and hosting…nbd…) to present a very special program in the Crypt: William Bolcom’s acclaimed song cycle “From the Diary of Sally Hemings.” The eighteen imagined diary entries tell the life story of Thomas Jefferson’s slave-turned-mistress, grappling with issues of race, regret, respect and love that are as relevant today as they were back then.Cambridge has been 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). We’re excited to have her join us in the Crypt.

The short version

In these times of racial division, there are lessons to be learned from the past. No better story to learn from than this, and no better storyteller than Alyson Cambridge.

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