Soprano Dawn Upshaw at Emory's Schwartz Center April 6

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March 8, 2012

ATLANTA (March 8, 2012)— Soprano star Dawn Upshaw performs at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on April 6, 8 p.m. The recipient of four Grammy Awards, Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from Baroque to new music. Her Emory program features the works of Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann; as well as contemporary composer William Bolcom.

Upshaw's artistic achievements are extensive. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage comprise the great Mozart roles, as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Messiaen. Upshaw began her career at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984, and has since made nearly 300 appearances. She has also championed numerous new works created for her including "The Great Gatsby" by John Harbison; the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera, "L’Amour de Loin" and oratorio "La Passion de Simone" by Kaija Saariaho; John Adams’s Nativity oratorio "El Niño"; and Osvaldo Golijov’s chamber opera "Ainadamar" and song cycle "Ayre."

In her work as a recitalist, and particularly in her work with composers, Upshaw has become a generative force in concert music, having premiered more than 25 works in the past decade. From Carnegie Hall, to large and small venues throughout the world, she regularly presents specially designed programs composed of lieder, unusual contemporary works in many languages, and folk and popular music. She furthers this work in master classes and workshops with young singers at major music festivals, conservatories, and liberal arts colleges. She is Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center.

She is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki.  Her most recent release on Deutsche Grammophon is “Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra,” the third in a series of acclaimed recordings of Osvaldo Golijov’s music.

Upshaw holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale, the Manhattan School of Music, Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University. She began her career as a 1984 winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions and the 1985 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program.

The April 6 concert is part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. In addition, Upshaw will be critiquing Emory vocal students with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra director Robert Spano on April 5. Event details at


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