Cynthia Haymon

Biography

Born: September 6, 1958; Jacksonville, FL  
This American soprano, who came to international prominence in the first Glyndebourne Festival production of Porgy and Bess, was well prepared for stardom, having been thoroughly schooled at one of America's leading universities. An apprenticeship at Santa Fe and the title role in an important world premiere preceded her triumph in the Gershwin opera, an experience unlike anything previously heard at the Sussex music festival. Gifted with a Read more substantial and supple lyric instrument, she has also excelled in French, Italian, and German roles, pleasing audiences in Europe and America and especially endearing herself to the London public. One of nine children born to Reverend and Mrs. John T. Haymon, Cynthia Haymon began singing in her father's church, the New Hope Baptist Church in Clay County, FL. At the time, she had no notion that a career in music might be a possibility. The elder Haymons were supportive of their children and all nine siblings enjoyed a college education. For Cynthia, two years of study at Florida Community College in Jacksonville were followed by a degree from Northwestern University, where a music award and scholarship allowed her to complete her degree in 1984. After further studies in New York, she was engaged in 1984 as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, where she had the opportunity to participate in several important productions. The American premiere of Henze's We Come to the River found her in a minor role, but for Orphée aux Enfers, she was cast as Diana and in Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae (a rarely performed work, but a key one in the company's traversal of the composer's complete dramatic works) she sang the part of Xanthe. The following year brought Haymon her first taste of celebrity when she was cast in the title role of Thea Musgrave's Harriet, The Woman Called "Moses" with the Virginia Opera. Haymon won good reviews and the opera was subsequently recorded, advancing her reputation beyond American borders. In 1986, Simon Rattle introduced Glyndebourne audiences to Porgy and Bess in a production that cast Haymon as Bess opposite Jamaican bass Willard White, already an experienced Porgy. The production won spectacular reviews and the recording that followed substantiated the generous words critics offered for the live production. Since that now-legendary production, Haymon has established herself as a lyric soprano well suited to several Puccini heroines, winning commendations for her Mimi and Liu. Glyndebourne invited her back for Eurydice in 1989 and she has enjoyed successes in Europe, notably at Munich and Hamburg, as well as in Japan. For Seattle, she has sung Susanna and Micaëla, and at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, she was engaged for Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. Married to tenor/pianist Barrington Coleman, whom she met during the Glyndebourne Porgy and Bess, Haymon resides in Illinois, where her husband is a university professor. On occasion, they have appeared together in programs of arias and duets. In addition to the Gershwin and Musgrave operas, Haymon has been featured on a recording of Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time directed by Richard Hickox and featuring her Glyndebourne colleagues Cynthia Clarey, Damon Evans, and White. Haymon is also an affecting Mimi in Chandos Records' English-language recording of La bohème. Read less

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Born: September 6, 1958; Jacksonville, FL  
This American soprano, who came to international prominence in the first Glyndebourne Festival production of Porgy and Bess, was well prepared for stardom, having been thoroughly schooled at one of America's leading universities. An apprenticeship at Santa Fe and the title role in an important world premiere preceded her triumph in the Gershwin opera, an experience unlike anything previously heard at the Sussex music festival. Gifted with a Read more
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"Wo bleibt Elektra?"
"Allein! Weh, ganz allein."
"Elektra!"
"Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren"
"Es geht ein Lärm los."
"Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"
"Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin."
"Ich will nichts hören!"
"Ich habe keine guten Nächte."
"Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt"
"Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"
"Ach! Lichter!"
"Orest! Orest ist tot!"
"Nun muß es hier von uns geschehn."
"Du! Du! Denn du bist stark! Wie stark du bist"
"Nun denn, allein!"
"Was willst du, fremder Mensch?"
"Orest!"
"Du wirst es tun? Allein? Du armes Kind?"
"Seid ihr von Sinnen"
"Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!"
"He! Lichter!"
"Elektra! Schwester!"
"Ob ich nicht höre?"
"Hörst du denn nicht"
"Schweig, und tanze."
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Introduction
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Summertime
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Oh, nobody knows when the Lawd is goin' to call
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Give him to me...Lissen to yo' daddy warn you...A woman is a sometime thing
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Here's the ol' crap shark...No, no, brudder
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Here come the Big Boy
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Six to make
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Jesus, he's killed him!...That you, Sportin' Life?
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: Where is brudder Robbins?...Come on, sister!
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: Overflow, overflow
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: A saucer-burying set-up, I see
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: My man's gone now
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: How de saucer stan' now, my sister?
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: Oh, the train is at the station
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Oh, I'm agoin' out to the Blackfish banks
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Mus' be you mens forgot about de picnic...Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin'
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Lissen there, what I tells you...I hates yo' struttin' style
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Boy! Come here, boy!
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Buzzard keep on flyin' over
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: 'Lo Bess, goin' to picnic?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Honey, we sure goin' strut our stuff today!...Bess, you is my woman now
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Oh, I can't sit down
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: I ain't got no shame
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: It ain't necessarily so...Shame on you sinners
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: Crown!
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: Oh, what you want wid Bess?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Take yo' han's off me
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Oh, doctor Jesus
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Oh dey's so fresh an' fine
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Porgy, Porgy, dat you there ain't it?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: I wants to stay here
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: Doctor Jesus
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: One of these mornings you goin' to rise up singin'
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: You is a nice parcel of Christians!
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump its track
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: All right, I'm goin' out to get Clara...Oh, Doctor Jesus
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 1: Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted...You low-life skunk, ain' you got no shame
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 1: Summertime....
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Wait for us at the corner
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Come out here, both of you
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Oh, Lawd, what I goin' do?....Oh, Gawd! They goin' make him look on Crown's face!
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Listen: there's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Introduction
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Good mornin', sistuh!... It's Porgy comin' home
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Dem white folks sure ain' put nuttin' over on this baby
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Here Mingo, what's de matter wid you all?
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Where's Bess?
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Bess is gone
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Oh Lawd, I'm on my way
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Introduction
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Summertime
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Oh, nobody knows when the Lawd is goin' to call
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Give him to me...Lissen to yo' daddy warn you...A woman is a sometime thing
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Here's the ol' crap shark...No, no, brudder
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Here come the Big Boy
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Six to make
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Jesus, he's killed him!...That you, Sportin' Life?
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: Where is brudder Robbins?...Come on, sister!
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: Overflow, overflow
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: A saucer-burying set-up, I see
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: My man's gone now
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: How de saucer stan' now, my sister?
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2: Oh, the train is at the station
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Oh, I'm agoin' out to the Blackfish banks
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Mus' be you mens forgot about de picnic...Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin'
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Lissen there, what I tells you...I hates yo' struttin' style
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Boy! Come here, boy!
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Buzzard keep on flyin' over
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: 'Lo Bess, goin' to picnic?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Honey, we sure goin' strut our stuff today!...Bess, you is my woman now
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 1: Oh, I can't sit down
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: I ain't got no shame
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: It ain't necessarily so...Shame on you sinners
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: Crown!
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 2: Oh, what you want wid Bess?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Take yo' han's off me
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Oh, doctor Jesus
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Oh dey's so fresh an' fine
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Porgy, Porgy, dat you there ain't it?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: I wants to stay here
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 3: Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: Doctor Jesus
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: One of these mornings you goin' to rise up singin'
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: You is a nice parcel of Christians!
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump its track
Porgy and Bess, Act II, Scene 4: All right, I'm goin' out to get Clara...Oh, Doctor Jesus
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 1: Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted...You low-life skunk, ain' you got no shame
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 1: Summertime....
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Wait for us at the corner
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Come out here, both of you
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Oh, Lawd, what I goin' do?....Oh, Gawd! They goin' make him look on Crown's face!
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 2: Listen: there's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Introduction
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Good mornin', sistuh!... It's Porgy comin' home
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Dem white folks sure ain' put nuttin' over on this baby
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Here Mingo, what's de matter wid you all?
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Where's Bess?
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Bess is gone
Porgy and Bess, Act III, Scene 3: Oh Lawd, I'm on my way
"Wo bleibt Elektra?"
"Allein! Weh, ganz allein."
"Elektra!"
"Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren"
"Es geht ein Lärm los."
"Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"
"Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin."
"Ich will nichts hören!"
"Ich habe keine guten Nächte."
"Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt"
"Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"
"Ach! Lichter!"
"Orest! Orest ist tot!"
"Nun muß es hier von uns geschehn."
"Du! Du! Denn du bist stark! Wie stark du bist"
"Nun denn, allein!"
"Was willst du, fremder Mensch?"
"Orest!"
"Du wirst es tun? Allein? Du armes Kind?"
"Seid ihr von Sinnen"
"Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!"
"He! Lichter!"
"Elektra! Schwester!"
"Ob ich nicht höre?"
"Hörst du denn nicht"
"Schweig, und tanze."
Act I: This Red Sea Passage feels deep and chill to me (Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline)
Act I: Profound and thoughtful! (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo)
Act I: Firewood! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard)
Act I: Hello (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo)
Act I: I'll stay here, I must complete my article (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard)
Act I: No inspiration (Rodolfo, Mimi)
Act I: Oh! How dreadful! (Mimi, Rodolfo)
Act I: Your tiny hand is frozen! (Rodolfo)
Act I: Yes, I'm always called Mimi (Mimi, Rodolfo)
Act I: Hey! Rodolfo! (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimi)
Act I: Lovely maid in the moonlight (Rodolfo, Mimi)
Act II: Come, buy my oranges! (Schaunard, Rodolfo, Mimi, Colline, Marcello, Chorus)
Act II: What is it? (Rodolfo, Mimì, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus)
Act II: Long live Parpignol! (Schaunard, Marcello, Colline, Rodolfo, Mimi, Alcindoro, Musetta, Chorus)
Act II: You had better ask me (Marcello, Musetta, Alcindoro, Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Mimi, Chorus)
Act II: As thro' the street I wander (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimi, Rodolfo, Colline, Schaunard)
Act II: Who had him bring it? (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Marcello, Musetta, Mimi, Chorus)
Act III: Hallo! You soldiers! Admit us! (Customs Official, Musetta, Chorus)
Act III: Oh, please sir, tell me, do you know the tavern (Mimi, Customs Sergeant, Customs Official)
Act III: I hoped that I would find you here (Marcello, Mimi)
Act III: Marcello, you're outside here (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi)
Act III: Mimi is fickle-hearted (Rodolfo, Marcello)
Act III: Mimi's so sickly, so ailing! (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi)
Act III: To the home that she left (Mimi)
Act III: Then it really is over (Rodolfo, Mimi, Marcello, Musetta)
Act IV: In a coupe? (Marcello, Rodolfo)
Act IV: Oh Mimi, our love is over (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline)
Act IV: Gavotta (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard)
Act IV: It's Mimi! It's Mimi who is with me (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimi, Marcello)
Act IV: Venerable garment, listen (Colline, Schaunard)
Act IV: Have they left us? (Mimi, Rodolfo, Schaunard)
Act IV: Sleeping? (Musseta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimi)
Act IV: What did the doctor say? (Marcello, Musetta, Schaunard, Rodolfo)
Part I: The world turns on its dark side (Chorus)
Part I: The Argument: Man has measured the heavens (Alto)
Part I: Scene: Is evil then good? (Chorus, Alto)
Part I: Now in each nation (Bass)
Part I: Chorus of the Oppressed: When shall the userers' city cease (Chorus)
Part I: I have no money for my bread (Tenor)
Part I: How can I cherish my man in such days (Soprano)
Part I: A Spiritual: Steal away (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor)
Part II: A star rises in mid-winter (Chorus)
Part II: And a time came (Bass)
Part II: Double Chorus of Persecutors and Persecuted: Away with them! (Double Chorus)
Part II: Where they could, they fled (Bass)
Part II: Chorus of the Self-righteous: We cannot have them in our Empire (Chorus)
Part II: And the boy's mother wrote a letter (Bass)
Part II: Scene: O my son! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Part II: A Spiritual: Nobody knows the trouble I see, Lord (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor)
Part II: Scene: The boy becomes desperate in his agony (Bass, Alto)
Part II: They took a terrible vengeance (Bass)
Part II: The Terror: Burn down their houses! (Chorus)
Part II: Men were ashamed of what was done (Bass)
Part II: A Spiritual of Anger: Go down, Moses (Chorus, Bass)
Part II: The boy sings in his prison: My dreams are all shattered (Tenor)
Part II: What have I done to you, my son? (Soprano)
Part II: The dark forces rise like a flood (Alto)
Part II: A Spiritual: O, by and by (Chorus, Soprano)
Part III: The cold deepens (Chorus)
Part III: The soul of man (Alto)
Part III: Scene: The words of wisdom are these (Bass, Chorus)
Part III: General Ensemble: I would know my shadow and my light (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Part III: A Spiritual: Deep river (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)


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