Dawn Upshaw (born July 17, 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a world-renowned American soprano described as "one of the most consequential performers of our time" by the Los Angeles Times. Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Tennessee ( is a state located in the Southern United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. The recipient of several Grammy Awards and Edison Prize-winning discs, Upshaw is at home both in opera and art song, and in repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. The Gramophone Awards are one of the most significant honours bestowed on the classical Record industry, often referred to as the Oscars for classical Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto An art song is a Vocal music composition, usually written for one Singer with Piano or Orchestral accompaniment Baroque music describes an era and a set of styles of European classical music which were in widespread use between approximately 1600 and 1750. In the broadest and popular sense Contemporary music is any music being written in the present day Many composers, including John Harbison, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho, have written for her, and her artistic achievements are extensive. John Harris Harbison (born December 20, 1938 in Orange New Jersey) is a Composer, best known for his Operas Esa-Pekka Salonen ( (born June 30 1958 is a prominent Finnish orchestral conductor and Composer. Kaija Saariaho (ˈkɑijɑ 'sɑːriˌɑho (born October 14, 1952) is a Finnish Composer. On September 25, 2007 she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant. The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation is a major private grant -making Private foundation based in Chicago that has awarded more than US$4 billion "
She began her vocal career as a talented Rich East High School singer in Park Forest, Illinois. Park Forest is a village located south of Chicago in Cook County and Will County Illinois, United States Upshaw received a B. A. in 1982 from Illinois Wesleyan University and went on to study voice with Ellen Faull at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, earning her M. Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent undergraduate University located in Bloomington, Illinois. The Manhattan School of Music is a Music conservatory located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous A. in 1984. She also attended courses given by Jan DeGaetani at the Aspen (Colorado) Music School. Jan (Janice DeGaetani (b Massillon, Ohio, July 10, 1933; d Rochester, New York, September 15, 1989 She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions (1984) and the Walter M. Naumburg Competition (1985), and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program. The Walter W Naumburg Foundation sponsors competitions and provides awards for young classical musicians in North America. The Metropolitan Opera Association of New York City, founded in April 1880 is a major presenter of all types of opera including Grand Opera. Since her start in 1984, Upshaw has made over 300 appearances at the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera Association of New York City, founded in April 1880 is a major presenter of all types of opera including Grand Opera.
Upshaw came to international fame with her million-selling recording (1993), with David Zinman, of the hauntingly powerful Symphony No 3 by Henryk Górecki, known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Symfonia pieśni żałosnych). WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> David Zinman (b Symphony No 3 Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs ( Symfonia pieśni żałosnych) is a Symphony in three Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (ˈxɛnrɨk mʲiˈkɔwaj guˈrɛ͡tski (born December 6 1933 in Czernica, Silesia, Poland) is a Polish Composer
In the past decade she has premiered more than 25 new works and has embraced several works created for her, including the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera L’Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho, The Great Gatsby by John Harbison, the nativity oratorio El Niño by John Adams, and Osvaldo Golijov's highly acclaimed chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre. John Harris Harbison (born December 20, 1938 in Orange New Jersey) is a Composer, best known for his Operas El Niño-Southern Oscillation ( ENSO; commonly referred to as simply El Niño) is a global coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon John Coolidge Adams (born February 15 1947 is an American Composer with strong roots in minimalism. Osvaldo Noé Golijov (born in La Plata, Argentina, December 5, 1960) is a Grammy award winning Composer of classical Ainadamar means "Fountain of Tears" in Arabic and is the first opera by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov.
Some feel that her rendition of Ayre made her almost seem a charismatic rock-singer. It is a tribute to her vocal range, as well as her star-stature, that she has moved out of the traditional role of a classical singer. In addition to her operatic recordings, she has also sung the title role in the first complete recording of the score of Gershwin's Oh, Kay! She has also recorded an album of songs by Vernon Duke. George Gershwin (September 26 1898 &ndash July 11 1937 was an American Composer. Oh Kay! is a musical with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and a book by Guy Bolton and P Vernon Duke ( — January 16, 1969) was a Russian American Composer / Songwriter, who also wrote under his original name
Her engagements with James Levine over the years led to a 1997 recording of Debussy songs. James Lawrence Levine (born 23 June 1943) is an American orchestral conductor and pianist. Achille-Claude Debussy (aʃil klod dəbysi (August 22 1862 &ndash March 25 1918 was a French Composer.
She tours regularly with piano accompanist Richard Goode. Richard Goode (born June 1, 1943) is an American classical pianist especially known for his interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven Margo Garrett and Gilbert Kalish are also long-standing partners. She has worked with the director Peter Sellars many times, including his staging of Händel's Theodora at Glyndebourne, his Paris production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen's month-long residency at the Théâtre du Châtelet) (1996), a staging of Bach's cantata BWV 199, presented in the 1995-96 season at New York's 92nd Street Y, and the Salzburg Festival production of Olivier Messiaen's St François d'Assise (1998). Peter Sellars (born September 27, 1957) is an American Theater director, renowned for his contemporary stagings This article is about the Glyndebourne opera festival See Glyndebourne for details of the Country house and opera house Glyndebourne Festival Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский) ( &ndash 6 April 1971 was a Russian born Composer, considered by many to The Rake's Progress is an Opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil LAP or LAPO is an American Orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States Esa-Pekka Salonen ( (born June 30 1958 is a prominent Finnish orchestral conductor and Composer. The Théâtre du Châtelet is a Theatre and Opera house in Paris, France. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section.2 This article is written in British English including maximised use of "-ise" The 92nd Street Y is a multifaceted cultural institution and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.
Upshaw was a guest of President of the United States Bill Clinton and Mrs. The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States Clinton on the NBC special, Christmas in Washington. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's The BBC presented a prime-time telecast of her 1996 London Proms Concert, "Dawn at Dusk", in which she performed songs from the American musical theater. The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily Orchestral Musical theatre is a form of Theatre combining Music, Songs spoken Dialogue and Dance.
Dawn Upshaw joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Artistic Partner beginning with the 2007-08 season, and she is Artistic Director of the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, which accepted its first students in the 2006-2007 academic year. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra ( SPCO) based in Saint Paul (the state capital of Minnesota) is the nation's only full-time professional Chamber The Bard College Conservatory of Music is a program of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson New York. She also is a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center.
She holds honorary Doctor of Arts, honoris causa, from Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, Illinois Wesleyan University and Allegheny College. The Doctor of Arts (DA or occasionally DArts or ArtD is a discipline -based terminal doctoral degree that was originally conceived and An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa ( Latin: 'for the sake of the honour' is an Academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding The Manhattan School of Music is a Music conservatory located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent undergraduate University located in Bloomington, Illinois. Allegheny College is a private liberal arts college located in northwestern Pennsylvania which prides itself as being one of the oldest colleges in the
Upshaw is married and a mother of two. She lives near New York.
Upshaw was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and began aggressive treatment in November, 2006. According to her manager, Upshaw's current prognosis is excellent. 
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