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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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  • 1.
    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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    Opus Arte Monteverdi DVD 3-Pack
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4987 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Liang Ning,  Brigitte Baileys,  Michael Chance,  Cynthia Haymon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Glen Wilson,  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Concerto Palatino,  Tragicomedia
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    Strauss: Elektra / Ozawa, Behrens, Ludwig, Hynninen, BSO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895502 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Brian Matthews,  Emily Rawlins,  Dominique Labelle,  Cynthia Haymon  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 4.
    Waldbuhne Concert - American Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4522 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Lincke
    Performer:  Marietta Simpson,  Cynthia Haymon,  Willard White,  Damon Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 5.
    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Rousset, Grant Murphy, Chance
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 925 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy,  Michael Chance,  Claron McFadden,  Cynthia Haymon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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  • 7.
    Simon Rattle Edition - American Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15014 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Elliott Carter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Wesley Warren,  Jonathan Holland,  Wayne Marshall,  Karl Daymond  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  London Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 8.
    Where The Music Comes From - American Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436117 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lee Hoiby,  Ned Rorem,  Henry Thacker Burleigh,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Cynthia Haymon,  Warren Jones
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  • 9.
    Opera In English - Puccini Passions
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3140 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Mary Plazas,  Dennis O'Neill,  Jane Eaglen,  Gregory Yurisich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Monteverdi Cycle - Poppea, Ulisse, L'Orfeo
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 972 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp,  Michael Chance,  Cynthia Haymon,  Brigitte Balleys  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Glen Wilson,  David Porcelijn,  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Baroque Orchestra,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Netherlands Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    King - A Musical Testimony / Simon Estes, Cynthia Haymon
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425212 Release Date: 03/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Blackford
    Performer:  Simon Estes,  Cynthia Haymon
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  • 12.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 76832 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ron Travis,  Ted Maynard,  Billy J. Mitchell,  Alan Tilvern  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 13.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies / Weller, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10224 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Alison Hagley,  Cynthia Haymon,  Peter Straka,  Leslie Pearson
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 14.
    The Compact Opera Collection - Strauss: Elektra / Ozawa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470583 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Brad Cresswell,  Diane Kesling,  Marita Napier,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 15.
    Wolman, Dove: Thomas And Beulah / Hayman, Oppens, Wolman
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 559 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amnon Wolman
    Performer:  Ursula Oppens,  Amnon Wolman,  Cynthia Haymon
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    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 92497 Release Date: 07/03/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gregg Baker,  Cynthia Clary,  Cynthia Haymon,  Willard White  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Opera In English - Puccini: La Bohème / Parry, Haymon, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3008 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Cynthia Haymon,  Dennis O'Neill,  Alan Opie,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Peter Kay Children's Choir
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  • 18.
    Strauss: Elektra / Ozawa, Behrens, Ludwig, Hynninen, BSO
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422574 Release Date: 10/30/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Nadine Secunde,  Jorma Hynninen,  Emily Rawlins,  Brian Matthews  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 19.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Concert Suite / Litton, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90223 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gordon Hawkins,  Damon Evans,  Cynthia Clarey,  Andrew Litton  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus
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  • 20.
    Tippett: A Child Of Our Time / Hickox, London So & Chorus
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9123 Release Date: 03/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Cynthia Haymon,  Cynthia Clarey,  Damon Evans,  Willard White
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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