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Dawn Upshaw

Posted at 8:24 AM on June 2, 2006 by Rex Levang

Sweet anecdote told by the soprano Dawn Upshaw, on the travails of being on the road:

I hate practicing in hotel rooms, because I always worry about the people next door. I mean, Iíd find it irritating if somebody were singing a few feet away on the other side of my wall. But I had no other place to warm up for rehearsal, and so there I was, one day in Ann Arbor, singing away in my room. And this nice lady came to the door and said "Iím awfully sorry, but Iím working with numbers across the hall, and I just canít think while youíre doing that." And I said, "Oh, Iím terribly sorry, Iíll stop right away Ė no, really, itís perfectly fine, please donít worry." And she thanked me and then said, "But I want you to know that I really think you have something there, and I hope youíll stick with it."
Yesterday Upshaw was named one of the artistic partners of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Read all about it.