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No Song Is Safe From Us - The NYFOS Blog
 |  Naomi Louisa O'Connell

I could listen to Jacques Brel all day every day: that fast vibrato, that tone, that uvular R… He’s one of my favorite performers—always fully committed and without any barrier to the story he’s telling. I find him electrifying to listen to. ‘Madeleine’ is a delicious, giddy romp of a song in which a lovable […]




 |  Steven Blier

The New York Festival of Song opened its doors for business 32 years ago. Bolstered by a great passion for song, the generous good will of our friends, and a thousand-dollar gift from our first benefactor Joe Machlis, Michael Barrett and I mounted our first season in the fall of 1988. Tonight NYFOS is reviving […]




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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 […]




 |  Rebecca Jo Loeb

During my recent trip to Brazil, and having been a fan of Brazilian Bossa Nova/Samba since being introduced to it by Steve a number of years ago, I was eager to hear what BRAZILIANS listen to in BRAZIL. None of this Gringo mess. Turns out they listen to the Gringo mess but ALSO quite a […]




 |  Rebecca Jo Loeb

If any of you saw the newest A Star Is Born, you may have walked out humming one of the many romantic, tear-jerker power ballads crooned throughout the evening. I however was taken with a song only briefly sung by Bradley Cooper’s character towards the beginning of the film. It walks the line between 60s […]




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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 […]