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Baritone John Brancy answers our questions on his connection to the music of Kurt Weill and how he created his much acclaimed recitals about WWI. John returns to NYFOS on November 19 in a concert versions of Marc Blitzstein’s No For An Answer & Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee. We are especially thrilled to have you, […]




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Five years after his production of The Cradle Will Rock was abruptly cancelled by the Works Progress Administration, Marc Blitzstein composed the score for the 1942 anti-fascist, anti-KKK documentary film Native Land, featuring today’s selection, “American Day.” Paul Robeson, frustrated with the type-casting of black performers in Hollywood, sang in and narrated this, his final […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from soprano Harolyn Blackwell. I first heard Ms. Norman sing when I  was 18 years of age and vacationing  in Mexico City. I had never heard of her.  […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from baritone Justin Austin. Growing up, Jessye Norman was the “Ariadne lady.” I knew her from the famous rehearsal footage of the Metropolitan Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos starring […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from baritone James Martin. The first time I heard Jessye Norman sing was in Opera History class.  We were studying Grand Opera, specifically Les Troyens of Berlioz.  The […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. Today’s tribute comes from mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford. In high school at Fiorello H. LaGuardia, it was “Take your daughter to work” day and around ten of us were chosen to walk […]




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This week New York Festival of Song honors the great Jessye Norman and her legacy with a series of remembrances from those she inspired. We begin with a tribute from soprano Julia Bullock. Ms. Norman undeniably had a tremendous impact and powerful presence: if she hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been hit with a wave of […]




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Baritone Justin Austin answers our questions on his transition from boy soprano to baritone, having opera singer parents, and what’s so special about ‘song.’ Hear Justin sing some of those special songs with NYFOS in Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs of Gay Harlem on December 12. You began your singing career as a […]




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Soprano Sari Gruber answers our questions on her path to music and long history with NYFOS, as we anticipate her return to NYFOS this November in Blitzstein’s No For An Answer and Weill’s Der Silbersee. If my research is correct, you’ve been singing with NYFOS for over 20 years! How did you first get involved […]




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I grew up with the sound of tight harmony in my ear from my many mornings in a country church. Every time I hear this song of freedom I can hear my grandmother harmonizing in her tenor voice with the rest of the country choir.