Dawn Upshaw

Dawn UpshawDAWN UPSHAW (soprano) is acclaimed for her performances on the opera stage of the great Mozart roles—Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Despina in Così fan tutte—as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Messiaen. From Salzburg, Paris, and Glyndebourne to the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career and has made nearly 300 appearances, Dawn Upshaw has also championed numerous new works created for her, including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison; L’Amour de Loin and La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho; John Adams’s nativity oratorio El Nino; Osvaldo Golijov’s chamber opera Ainadamar and song cyle Ayre; and more than two dozen other solo, chamber and orchestral works. In 2007 Upshaw was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” grant. She is a four-time Grammy Award winner featured on more than fifty recordings, including the million-selling Nonesuch release of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3.