Written by Kambria Amidan
Opera music will fill the air at BYU-Idaho.
BYU-I students will have the opportunity to listen to opera singer Alyson Cambridge on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall.
“The concert will include operatic selections by Puccini and Bizet, classical songs and a fun mix of musical theater, pop and jazz standards from her new album ‘Until Now’,” according to the master calendar on the BYU-I website.
Don Sparhawk, the Center Stage coordinator, said the night will consist of a selection of music performed by Cambridge and her pianist.
“Alyson is a wonderful soprano from New York,” Sparhawk said. “She sings opera, Broadway and jazz music.”
Cambridge received a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Arts in sociology at Oberlin College, according to Cambridge’s website. She then moved on to the Curtis Institute of Music to continue her studies. She went on to receive a place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s young artist program.
Cambridge has performed with multiple recognized operas 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 and Vienna Konzerthaus, among others, according to Cambridge’s website.
Not only has Cambridge performed at these recognized operas, but she also made recent debuts in well-known international places like Paris, France, Beijing, China, and other capitals in Europe, according to Cambridge’s website.
Sparhawk said students should expect a night of music from all different genres and are encouraged to go and try something new.
“One of the reasons that students come to college is to learn new things and be exposed to new things, and this is an opportunity to experience a great concert by a wonderful soprano singer,” Sparhawk said. “It’s something new for a lot of students, but I also think it’ll be a very enjoyable night out.”
Sparhawk said he feels very fortunate to have Cambridge coming to share her talents with BYU-I.
Tickets for this concert can be bought online and at the ticket office. They are $6 for BYU-I students and $12 for the general public. Children under six cannot attend, and audience members are encouraged to wear event dress.
“I encourage students to check it out, see what it’s like,” Sparhawk said. “I guarantee they will love it.”