As we type, Alex Ross is preparing to ambush American soprano Dawn Upshaw as part of The New Yorker Festival in a tête-à-tête that we're all invited to. But, when I say you are invited, you actually have to buy a ticket first. And be in NYC on Saturday, October 4.
Will they talk about her 4 Grammy Awards? Her experiences at the Metropolitan Opera? Her battle with cancer? Her interpretations of modern works by composers like Esa-Pekka, Henryk Górecki’, John Harbison, Osvaldo Golijov, or Kaija Saariaho?
Speaking of that foxy Finnish composer, Ms. Saariaho recently released a live concert recording with Finnish-specialty label, Ondine. The CD includes a cello concerto called "Notes on Light", which is sung by our favorite half-naked soprano la signora Karita Mattila, cellist Anssi Karttunen [who the piece was written for], and Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Orchestre de Paris. It's soooo on our playlist rite now. Our lukewarm <3 of Saariaho was set ablaze this summer when we saw Upshaw in the NYC premiere of La Passion de Simone.
Being adrift in Milan, we can only hope that the transcript is released or some intrepid fan y00tubes the whole thing. We can wait...