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Dawn Upshaw


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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. The recipient of several Grammy Award and Edison Prize-winning discs, Upshaw is at home both in opera and art song, and in repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. Many composers, including John Harbison and Kaija Saariaho, have written for her, and her artistic achievements are extensive. On September 25, 2007 she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

She began her vocal career as a talented high school singer in Park Forest, Illinois. 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.A. in 1984. She also attended courses given by Jan DeGaetani at the Aspen (Colorado) Music School. 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. Since her start in 1984, Upshaw has made over 300 appearances at the Metropolitan 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).


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  • v8d64silbo

    ahhhhhh..-__-great taste

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • v8d64silbo

    ahhhhhh..-__-great taste

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • smee85

    Henryk Górecki Lento - Cantabile-Semplice

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    First discovered her through Salonen's Five Images After Sappho. She's fearless!

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Nemoflow

    The Best Tone Color...behind Callas. I love her Voice.

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Bleach00

    Loving her Debussy stuff.

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • samsmiles44

    Just magical!

    22 Aug 2008 Reply
  • venusillegitima

    I love her interpretation in "Glitter and be gay" and "Un Sapin Isolè"

    2 Aug 2008 Reply
  • alyalek

    Dawn Upshaw sing with some humour and grace on the CANTELOUBE champs d'Auvergne a magic moment so FANTASTIC and also on H Gorecki 3 e symphony

    7 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Pogotrucci

    Bought her CD Voices of Light without knowing anything about here... wow. What a voice

    22 Aug 2007 Reply
  • davidvdm

    Dawn Upshaw is one of those rare artists wh o get away with a crossover between very different styles without losing their artistic integrity. That's how she manages to 'teach' her audience something they didn't know yet - without playing the teacher.

    11 May 2007 Reply
  • lucienecosta

    Such a beautiful voice! How come these amazing singers attract so little feedback?

    10 May 2007 Reply

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