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 |  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 […]




 |  Andrew Garland

(Curator: Andrew Garland) It’s all relative. In my first year of undergrad my voice teacher would have me over to his apartment to listen to opera recordings. I remember our first session vivdly: I had just decided to change my major to voice performance and was suddenly ready to listen to as much opera as […]




 |  Andrew Garland

(Curator: Andrew Garland) “Urlicht” From Symphony No. 2 Resurrection by Gustav Mahler Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado In 2007 I had the privilege of taking part in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues. I attended a masterclass where she coached Jamie Barton on Gustav Mahler’s Urlicht. Ms. Barton’s performance was, of course, unforgettable. Anyone in the […]




 |  Andrew Garland

(Curator: Andrew Garland) “Ich Habe Genug” Cantata BWV 82 Johann Sebastian Bach Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano, Emmanuel Music Orchestra, Craig Smith, conductor Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is my hero. Nay, she is my superhero. Much has been said about her, I cannot add to that. There is not much I can say about this selection either. Many […]




 |  Andrew Garland

This week’s selections are coming to us from frequent NYFOS collaborator, Andrew Garland, a baritone of “commanding intensity” (The New York Times). Be sure to catch him in our December 8th program Schubert/Beatles, alongside soprano Sari Gruber and tenor Paul Appleby. Get your tickets today! “Burden in My Hand” Soundgarden Listen to this song, even just the […]