Dawn Upshaw

Biography

Born: July 17, 1960; USA  
Dawn Upshaw is a leading American soprano, known for her exceptional interest in contemporary music, and is highly active as a recitalist. She was raised in Park Forest, Illinois, and attended college at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. She went to New York to study voice with Ellen Faull at Manhattan School of Music, earning her Masters Degree there in 1984. Success came very quickly. She won 1984's Young Read more Concert Artists Auditions, after which James Levine, Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, invited her to join the Metropolitan Opera Studio. In 1985 she was co-winner of the Naumburg Competition in New York. Her initial operatic appearances there were as minor characters. Her first professional recital was in Alice Tully Hall in New York in 1986. The recital drew acclaim not only for the quality and intelligence of her singing, but for the uniquely informed and adventurous choice of repertoire.
Soon she was receiving leading roles in opera, and has appeared in many of the world's major operatic venues. Her leading roles include all leading roles in all the major Mozart operas, Sophie in Massenet's Werther, both Constance and Blanche in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande; the Angel in Messiaen's St. Françoise d'Assise, and Ann Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. She created the role of Daisy Buchanan in John Harbison's The Great Gatsby in its world premiere at the Met, and the title role in Kaija Saariaho's Clemence at the Salzburg Festival. Her portrayal of Handel's Theodora in 1996 at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, a production directed by Peter Sellars, was a triumph.
Even so, it is on the recital stage that she has gained her greatest stardom. She reserves two-thirds of her time for recitals. On the concert stage she has a natural charm and lack of pretension that engages the audience, qualities that are said to carry over offstage where she is called a "diva who doesn't act like one." She has sung on many of the main recital stages of the world, including the Theatre Champs Elysées in Paris, London's Wigmore Hall, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She is prized for her work in French chanson and American art song, and she has strongly supported the work of John Harbison. She has appeared in stagings of Bach's Cantata BWV 199 (directed by Sellars) and George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children (staged by Bill T. Jones). Her orchestral song repertoire includes works by Mahler, Canteloube, and Ravel, Lukas Foss's Time Cycle, and Henryk Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
She records for Nonesuch Records. Her release of the Gorecki Symphony is an international hit, with over half a million copies sold, a phenomenal total in classical music. Her discs have won several Grammy awards. On television she appeared in "Christmas at the White House" in the USA, and on a live telecast on the BBC of her London Proms Concert appearance, "Dawn at Dusk." She sings American popular and musical theater songs with freedom and understanding of the style. She sings this repertoire in concerts to benefit Classical Action, which promotes AIDS research. She frequently appears with pianists Richard Goode, Margo Garrett, and Jerome Duclos, the Kronos and Arditti Quartets, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Read less

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Biography

Born: July 17, 1960; USA  
Dawn Upshaw is a leading American soprano, known for her exceptional interest in contemporary music, and is highly active as a recitalist. She was raised in Park Forest, Illinois, and attended college at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. She went to New York to study voice with Ellen Faull at Manhattan School of Music, earning her Masters Degree there in 1984. Success came very quickly. She won 1984's Young Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Mananita de San Juan (Morning of St. John's Day)
Una Madre Comió Asado (A Mother Roasted her Child)
Tancas Serradas a Muru (Walls are Encircling the Land)
Luna
Nanni
Wa Habibi (My Love)
Aiini Taqttiru (My Eyes Weep)
Kun Li-Guitari Wataran Ayyuha Al-Maa' (Be a String, Water, to my Guitar)
Sueltate las Cintas (Untie your Ribbons)
Yah, Anna Emtzacha (Oh, Where Shall I find You?)
Ariadna en su Laberinto (Ariadne in Her Labyrinth)
Black is the colour (USA)
I wonder as I wander (USA)
Loosin yelav (Armenia)
Rosssignolet du bois (France)
A la femminisca (Sicily)
La donna ideale (Italy)
Ballo (Italy)
Motettu de Tristura (Sardinia)
Malorous qu'o uno fenno (Auvergne - France)
Lo fiolaire (Auvergne - France)
Azerbaijan love song (Azerbaijan)
Mananita de San Juan (Morning of St. John's Day)
Una Madre Comió Asado (A Mother Roasted her Child)
Tancas Serradas a Muru (Walls are Encircling the Land)
Tancas Serradas a Muru (Walls are Encircling the Land)
Nanni
Wa Habibi (My Love)
Aiini Taqttiru (My Eyes Weep)
Kun Li-Guitari Wataran Ayyuha Al-Maa' (Be a String, Water, to my Guitar)
Sueltate las Cintas (Untie your Ribbons)
Yah, Anna Emtzacha (Oh, Where Shall I find You?)
Ariadna en su Laberinto (Ariadne in Her Labyrinth)
Black is the colour (USA)
I wonder as I wander (USA)
Loosin yelav (Armenia)
Rosssignolet du bois (France)
A la femminisca (Sicily)
La donna ideale (Italy)
Ballo (Italy)
Motettu de Tristura (Sardinia)
Malorous qu'o uno fenno (Auvergne - France)
Lo fiolaire (Auvergne - France)
Azerbaijan love song (Azerbaijan)
Château de l'âme: I. La Liane (Voice)
II. A La Terre (Voice)
III. La Liane (Voice)
IV. Pour repousser l'esprit (Voice)
V. Les formules (Voice)
Premier Tableau: La Croix: Un peu vif - "J'ai peur, sur la route" - 1ère strophe (Frére Léon, Saint Francois)
"J'ai peur, sur la route" - 2e strophe (Frère Léon, Saint Francois)
"J'ai peur, sur la route" - 3e Strophe (Frère Léon, Saint Francois)
S'il se met a pleuvoir (Saint Francois)
Saint Francois et Frère Léon remettent leur capuchon...
Deuxième Tableau: Les Laudes: Un peu lent
Loué sois-tu, mon Seigneur, pour frère Vent (Saint Francois, frères Sylvestre, Rufin & Bernard, choeur)
Loué sois-tu, mon Seigneur, pour soeur Eau (Saint Francois, frères Sylvestre, Rufin & Bernard, choeur)
"Loué sois-tu, mon Seigneur, pour soeur notre mère la "
Saint! Saint! Saint! (choeur)
G Toi! Toi qui as fait le temps! (Saint Francois)
Troisième Tableau: Le Baiser au Lépreux: Bien modéré
Comment peut-on vivre une telle vie? (le Lépreux)
Entre Saint Francois... "Dieu te donne la paix, frère bien-aimé!" (Saint Francois, le Lépreux)
"La pénitence! la pénitence! Enlève-moi d'abord mes "La
Lépreux, ton coeur t'accuse (l'Ange, le Lépreux, Saint Francois)
Pardonne-moi, Père, je récrimine toujours (le Lépreux, Saint Francois)
Miracle! Regarde, Père (le Lépreux)
"Père, Père, j'ai tellement protesté contre mes "Père,
Quatrième Tableau: L'Ange voyageur: Un peu vif
J'ai peur, sur la route (Frère Léon, Frère Massée)
Frère Massée rentre dans la salle conventuelle...
Qui peut frapper de la sorte? (Frère Massée, l'Ange)
Pourquoi me dérange-t-on sans cesse? (Frère Elie, l'Ange, Frère Massée)
Mais, il frappe encore! (Frère Massée, l'Ange)
Dieu te donne sa paix, ô bon Frère! (l'Ange, Frère Bernard)
Puis-je à mon tour te poser une question? (Frère Bernard, l'Ange)
L'Ange fait un petit geste de la main...
Cinquième Tableau: L'Ange musicien: Bien modéré
Toutes ces gloires dont parle l'Apôtre me ravissent (Saint Francois)
Montre-moi combien est grande l'abondance de douceur (Saint Francois)
Chant de la fauvette Gerygone...
Que me veux-tu, frère gheppio, faucon crécerelle? (Saint Francois)
Francois! Francois! (l'Ange)
Pardonne ma prière, bel Ange de Dieu... (Saint Francois, l'Ange)
L'Ange se prépare à jouer de la viole...
J'ai peur, sur la route (Frère Léon, Frère Bernard, Frère Massée)
Mes petites brebis, merci de vos soins (Saint Francois)
Sixième Tableau: Le Prêche aux oiseaux: Un peu vif
Père, te souviens-tu du jeune homme de Sienne? (Frère Massée, Saint Francois)
Une louange! un point d'exclamation! (Saint Francois, Frère Massée)
Petit concert d'oiseaux
Toute chose de beauté doit parvenir à la liberté (Saint Francois)
"Frères oiseaux, en tous temps et lieux, louez votre "F
"Il vous aime, Celui qui vous accorde tant de "Il vous
Grand concert d'oiseaux
"Avec quel respect ils se sont tus, dès que tu as "Avec
Septième Tableau: Les Stigmates: Bien modéré
Seigneur Jésus-Christ, accorde-moi deux grâces (Saint Francois)
Les miens, je les ai aimés (choeur)
"faiblesse!... me très méprisable!... (Saint Francois)
Une lueur rouge et violette enflamme toute la scene...
Si tu portes de bon coeur la croix (choeur)
Huitième Tableau: La Mort et la Nouvelle Vie: Trés modéré
Adieu, créature de temps! Adieu, créature d'espace! (Saint Francois, frères Bernard, Massée & Léon)
Loué sois-tu, mon Seigneur, pour soeur Mort (Saint Francois, frères Sylvestre, Rufin & Bernard, choeur)
J'appelle: Ha! et ma voix: Ha! (coeur)
Francois! Francois! Rapelle-toi (l'Ange)
"Seigneur! Seigneur! Musique et Poésie m'ont conduit "S
il est parti... comme un silence (Frère Léon)
"Autre est l'éclat de la lune, autre est l'éclat du "Au
Overture (Preludio)
"Bel conforto"
"Quanto è bella"
"Benedette queste carte!"
Marziale
"Come Paride vezzoso"
"Una parola, Adina"
"Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera"
"Che vuol dire codesta suonata?"
"Udite, udite, o rustici"
"Ardir! Ha forse il cielo"
"Voglio dire, lo stupendo...Va mortale fortunato
"Caro elisir! Sei mio!"
"Lallarallara"
"Tran, tran, tran, tran - In guerra ed in amor"
"Signor sargente"
"Adina credimi"
"Andiam, Belcore"
Introduzione - "Cantiamo, cantiam" - "Poichè cantarvi alletta"
"Poichè, cantar vi alletta"
"Io son ricco e tu sei bella"
"La donna è un animale"
"Qua la mano, giovinotto"
"Saria possibile?"
"Dell'elisir mirabile" - "E bellissima"
"Come sen va contento"
Quanto amore! Ed io spietata!
"Una tenera occhiatina"
"Una furtiva lagrima"
"Eccola!"
"Prendi; per me sei libero"
Alto! Fronte!
"Ei corregge ogni difetto"


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