Feminine Fusion

S06 Ep25: Sing, Part 4

Dawn Upshaw photo by Brooke Irish

Dawn Upshaw
photo by Brooke Irish

“She manages to learn music no one else in the world can.”  – Milton Babbit, about Bethany Beardslee


The world of opera is highly competitive, and the odds are against success.  There are no “overnight” successes, and the women on this episode have worked hard for their success.  They lay bare their souls with every note they sing.


Sing, Part 4


Franz Schubert:  Der Einsame
Bethany Beardslee, soprano
Richard Goode, piano
“Bethany Beardslee sings Schubert-Schumann-Brahms”
Bridge 9504

Heitor Villa-Lobos:  Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor
“Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne; Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5”
Decca 444995

Lee Hoiby, text by Emily Dickinson:  The Shining Place
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Dana Brown, piano
“Were I With Thee”
4Tay 4066

Gioachino Rossini:  Una voce poco fa, from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Ilona Domnich, soprano
Southbank Sinfonia; Simon Over, conductor
“Surrender: Voices of Persephone”
Signum Classics 419

Samuel Barber:  Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Orchestra of St. Luke’s; David Zinman, conductor
“Knoxville: Summer of 1915”
Nonesuch 79187

Léo Delibes:  Flower Duet, from Lakmé
Alyson Cambridge & Nicole Cabell, sopranos
Lake Forest Symphony; Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor
“Sisters in Song”
Cedille 90000 181

Run time:  58:30


Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.

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