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 |  Steven Blier

DAY 4: August 20, 2015 In a short rehearsal period like this, Wednesday is the last day I can really work on the music in a substantive way. After that I can feel the ice forming, and soon everyone turns into Ethel Merman, who described herself before an opening night: “Miss Birdseye–my performance is frozen.” […]




 |  Steven Blier

DAY 3: August 19, 2015 The process is always the same, but the details make the difference. It’s true of producing wine, cheese–and the North Fork residency. To wit: since we’re starting a week earlier, the singers are mostly coming directly from their last summer programs. I think that going from dorm life to a […]




 |  Steven Blier

DAY 2: August 18, 2015 The first day of rehearsal is always an eye-opener. One person shows up with everything in a tabbed notebook, another has a wad of loose, double-sided, folded Xeroxes. Someone nails one song with emotional depth and convincing Argentinean Spanish, then proceeds to deliver another in what sounds like Esperanto. One […]




 |  Steven Blier

DAY 1: August 17, 2015 There is a lot of drama surrounding the beginning of any project, and today–the official day one of NYFOS@North Fork–is no exception. Three of the singers arrived yesterday. and two of them (Anna Dugan and Alex McKissick) jumped gamely into rehearsal, clearly too cowed to say “I don’t want to […]




 |  Christopher Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds‘ final pick of the week for August 14. If there’s anything Jessye Norman is known for, it’s taking things slow. The breath control this woman has could probably supply power to a small village for a week. While sometimes it can be overbearing, at can also elevate trivial moments in music to something […]




 |  Christopher Reynolds

(Curator: Christopher Reynolds) This song has been covered by many an artist including Duke Ellington and Stanley Worth. There is something about k.d. lang’s rendition here that resonates with me. Her voice here is delirious, drunk on the fumes of love. She slips in and out of consciousness, sometimes singing as though half-asleep, sometimes completely […]




 |  Christopher Reynolds

(Curator: Christopher Reynolds) Leontyne Price is the love of my life. I find myself coming back to her in times of trouble, in times of happiness, in times of doubt. Price and the German language are not two things usually thought of as going together, as she made her career out of singing Puccini, Verdi, […]




 |  Christopher Reynolds

(Curator: Christopher Reynolds) Beverly Sills was one of the first singers I fell in love with. I was sitting in freshman music history at Juilliard when my teacher introduced us to an opera I had never heard of – “Roberto Devereux.” He showed us a video of a 1975 production with Sills in the title […]




 |  Christopher Reynolds

This week’s Song of the Day selections come from pianist and NYFOS Emerging Artist alum Christopher Reynolds. Here’s his pick for August 10th: One can never have too much Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. One of the qualities I so admire in her voice is the ability to suddenly be present out of nothing – there is […]




 |  Andrew Garland

Andrew Garland wraps up his week curating NYFOS Song of the Day: “So viel Liebe fehlt auf diese Welt” sung by Hermann Prey The song of the day is about making discoveries: discoveries of greatness in unlikely places, discoveries of different types of voices and new depths of emotional commitment. Today my discovery is that […]