A Cup of Tea with Dawn Upshaw
FRANK J. OTERI: So, fantasy projects, future projects, composers you’d love to tackle whose music you haven’t tackled yet.
DAWN UPSHAW: Well, certainly Osvaldo. We will do several projects in the future. And I would love to do some more John Adams and we will repeat El Niño a few times in the next few seasons, but even some new works if he had time and interest. We talked a little about that. And Kaija, I’m excited that many different opera companies seem interested in L’amour de loin. I think that that will continue to receive a lot of attention and I’m looking forward to that.
FRANK J. OTERI: Older repertoire that you would love to dig into, American or otherwise?
DAWN UPSHAW: Older repertoire! Um, well, this isn’t real old, actually I’ve been wanting to make room in my schedule to do some Kurtag for quite a while and I do think if I look at my short list of things that I would really like to get to before I stop singing, which is a ways down the road…
FRANK J. OTERI: I hope so!
DAWN UPSHAW: Kurtag is certainly there. And more Debussy. I’m kind of a Debussy nut. There’s a small group of composers, Debussy’s certainly a part of it, who, you know, I almost feel as though I’m having an affair with the music or something when I’m working on it because I am so intensely moved.
FRANK J. OTERI: Well, it was so exciting to hear that new Jacob Druckman recording because there’s a whole repertory by American composers that needs to be kept alive. It is repertoire. It’s been done, it’s been premiered and you know, it’s been shelved somewhere. It had its performance; it didn’t happen again. There’s so much of this stuff that needs advocacy. Or even the Ives songs…
DAWN UPSHAW: I would love to do a huge Ives project sometime.
FRANK J. OTERI: I would love for you to do it!