Originally from Aulander, NC, American Baritone Alphonso Cherry has been noted as one of North Carolina's brightest talents. He has performed numerous operatic roles including: Pandolofe in Cendrillon, Dr. Miracle in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, the title role in Donizetti's Belisario, The Vicar in Albert Herring, Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, Herr Frank in Die Fledermaus, Lord Dunmow in A Dinner Engagement, The Counsel for the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Leporello in Don Giovanni, The Postman in The Scarf, Don Issachar/Captain in Candide, the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Krusina in The Bartered Bride, Prison Guard in Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie, Prince Yamadori and Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Il Messaggier in Aida and as Count Horn (Sam) in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Alphonso appears frequently as a concert soloist in North Carolina. His expansive repertoire includes oratorios from Handel to Pärt. Recently he has sung selections from Don Giovanni with the NC Symphony, the Messiah with the Western Piedmont Symphony, and various concerts at NCSA including Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Alphonso received his education from The North Carolina School of the Arts, Indiana University, and returned to NCSA, where he was accepted as a member of the prestigious A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute. While at NCSA, Alphonso studied with James Allbritten, and Indiana University he studied with the distinguished professor of voice, Virginia Zeani. Alphonso furthered his training as an apprentice with the Michigan Opera Theater. He spent summers at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria where he was chosen to sing on a concert of all-American music. He also trained at the Enzio Pinza Counsel for American Singers in Oderzo, Italy. While there, he sang several concerts and had extensive coachings on Italian repertoire.