Among the distinguished Camp alumni are Norah Jones, singer Josh Groban, members of the band OK Go, Rufus Wainwright, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman
, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more.
Her calendar has all the surprises and nonconformities of decades past, reminiscent of Anna Moffo (who sang Puccini's CioCio San before she sang Mozart's Susanna) or Jessye Norman
(who started big in her first professional gig as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhauser).
It would be nominated in the 1965 Oscars but would lose to Johnny Mandel's 'The Shadow of Your Smile.' The song, however, would be sung by various singers from Connie Francis to Jessye Norman
, from Frank Sinatra to Greek singers George Perris and Mario Frangoulis.
Great Composers, Young American Musicians, Music From Michigan State, Recital Hall, and other programs showcased the talents of numerous performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jessye Norman
, Kathleen Battle, and Murray Perahia.
Nevertheless, it is difficult to hear Barton sing Mahler and not be reminded of the arresting eloquence and vocal beauty of Kathleen Ferrier, or hear her rise to the climaxes of the Sibelius songs and not recall the unique splendor of Jessye Norman
in her prime.
Since then African heritage singers, especially female, have become prominent in Western classical music, from the venerable Jessye Norman
and more youthful Pretty Yende to Kimi Skota and Angel Blue on the lighter side of the genre.
He's collaborated with and choreographed for the top dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Berlin Opera Ballet and he's worked with other artists including Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman
, and Keith Haring.
KATHLEEN FERRIER PERFORMING GUSTAV MAHLER S KINDERTOTENLIEDER (SONGS ON THE DEATH OF CHILDREN, 1901-1904) AT KINGSWAY HALL, LONDON, 1949 I've always known Jessye Norman
's 1991 recording of Mahler's song cycle, and years ago I found Kirsten Flagstad's breathtaking version from 1957; Ferrier's 1949 performance is a recent discovery.
Rachael Lloyd as Dido lacks the grande dame manner of Janet Baker or Jessye Norman
but there's no want of passion, and her farewell aria, When I am Laid in Earth, is truly poignant.
Case in point: "Ask Your Mama" combines jazz, classical, blues, gospel, hip-hop and more, earning raves after its 2009 Carnegie Hall debut with Jessye Norman
and the Roots.