Dawn Upshaw

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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Dawn Upshaw has been called an “anti-diva”. Acclaimed as one of the finest sopranos of her generation, she has become a trusted collaborator of many composers, who seek her advice when writing new music. Shaping her career to her own vision, she is equally at home singing Mozart’s operas, Bach Cantatas, Hungarian folk songs, American pop standards, and premiering contemporary works, including Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin, John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby and John Adams’ El Nino. What would this independent artist need to keep her happy in a period of enforced isolation? Let’s take a look in her Survival Kit and find out.
Her list:

1. Swimming pool or other place to swim
2. New York Times daily
3. Richard Goode playing Bach, Beethoven and Schubert
4. Bjork’s Greatest Hits (DVD and CD)
5. Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande
6. Complete Miles Davis recordings
7. Kronos : Nuevo
8. Complete Pedro Almodovar films
9. Works of Italo Calvino
10. Poetry of Pablo Neruda
11. Garden, candles, cookbooks
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