Soprano Cheryl Warfield has performed over 15 lead roles in the standard operatic repertoire during her career, including the title roles of Tosca, Aida and La Gioconda. Cheryl made her European operatic debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tute with the Rome Festival Orchestra. Career highlights include her Broadway debut in Hal Prince’s Show Boat, critical acclaim from the Chicago Tribune for the portrayal of Strawberry Woman in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Porgy and Bess, and guest soloist appearances at NHL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Canton, Ohio and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Cheryl’s cabaret-style appearances include performances at the Triad on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and holiday and special performances at numerous restaurants in Little Italy, most recently at the Enrico Caruso room at the Grotta Azzura Restaurant. She has been featured at Opera Night at the San Gennaro Festival, the annual Little Italy Christmas tree lighting, holiday performances at the Barclay Intercontinental Hotel, and at Opera Night in Oyster Bay Long Island.
Cheryl is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity and has appeared on the Tony Awards, the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast DVDs of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Fidelio, and in episodes of The Good Wife, and Are We There Yet? on television.
Cheryl is the founder of ADVANCE, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based vocal arts organization that produces concerts and educational programs promoting the understanding and appreciation of classical music and opera and is a 2012 recipient of a Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) grant to produce “Black History Month Extravaganza,” a musical perspective on African American opera singers past and present. Cheryl is also a teaching artist in New York City where she introduces pre-K through 12th grade school children to opera and chorus singing.
ADVANCE - The Association for the Development of Vocal Artistry and Neighborhood Cultural Enrichment, is a community-based, non-profit vocal arts organization, setting new standards in musical programming and arts education in New York City.
ADVANCE has trained community residents to participate in its professional level musical performances since 1989.