Friday, February 09, 2007

Dawn Upshaw

I heard soprano Dawn Upshaw last night at the Newmark Theatre. She sang songs by Schuman, Hugo Wolf, Mussorgsky, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Kurt Weil, Golijov, Stephen Foster, William Bolcom and Alban Berg. This was her first concert after the chemotherapy, and she was her usual frank self, her bald head shinning, black chiffon dress floating as she moved. At first her voice was tentative, I thought, but by the third Stephen Foster song she was back in control. To say that the audience loved her would be an understatement. She was embraced and supported. Her sister lives in Portland, which was partly why she has started her new tour here.

Welcome back, Ms Upshaw, we're glad you made it.

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