Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Dawn Upshaw, soprano. Photo by Dario Acosta. download

Dawn Upshaw in collaborations and solo recitals

After Summer dates at Tanglewood, Chautauqua and Ravinia (where she performed with the chamber orchestra The Knights), soprano Dawn Upshaw has launched into a busy Fall season.

She kicked things off with fellow soprano-explorers Lucy Shelton and Tony Arnold at Brooklyn’s Roulette in the opening concert of the Resonant Bodies Festival, singing songs by Sheila Silver and a Shawn Jaeger chamber music setting of poems by Wendell Berry.

“Dawn Upshaw can’t help but be reassuring, even when her material is melancholy. Earnest and all-American, she radiates fireside-chat warmth.” – Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2015

Upshaw then collaborated withSo Percussion, singing an eerie cycle of American traditional songs by George Crumb, The Winds of Destiny, at Bard College, and for the opening of the Da Camera of Houston season.

She returned to a traditional song recital with her regular duo partner Gil Kalish, singing a program of works by Ravel, Schubert, Janáček, Bolcom, and more for the Celebrity Series of Boston.

“…That intimate quickening of the space on this particular occasion was due first and foremost to the artistry of Dawn Upshaw. As is well known by her many admirers, this soprano has a gift for distilling the expressive essence of each song and presenting it with a sense of urgency and directness…limpid, open, gleaming.” – Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, Oct. 19, 2015