Three takes on Berio’s 1966 Sequenza III, and programs of other Italian contemporary music
The Spring 2009 concert series at Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies will present three recitals by leading sopranos specializing in contemporary music who will present works from Italy and the U.S. Each of the three programs will include Luciano Berio's 1966 Sequenza III for solo voice. It begins with the only artist to receive the International Walter W. Naumburg Award twice, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, soprano Lucy Shelton.
Shelton has performed repertoire from Bach to Boulez in major recital, chamber and orchestral venues throughout the world. Highly acclaimed as an interpreter of new music, she continues to bring new audiences into the sound world of new works, often composed for her. Notable among numerous world premieres are Elliott Carter's Of Challenge and Of Loveand his Tempo e Tempi, Oliver Knussen's Whitman Settings, Stephen Albert's Flower of the Mountain, Joseph Schwantner's Sparrows and his Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro and Magabunda, Alexander Goehr's Sing Ariel and The Mouse Metamorphosed Into a Maid, David Del Tredici's Quaint Events, Poul Ruder's The Bells, Grard Grisey's L'Icone Paradoxiale, Ned Rorem's Schuyller Songs, Sally Beamish's Monster, James Yannatos's Trinity Mass, Lewis Spratlan's Of Time and the Seasons, and Rob Zuidam's Johanna's Lament. She also performs her standard repertoire in venues across the United States and in Europe, including Berio's Folk Songs, Babbitt's Philomel, Knussen's Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh, Foss's Time Cycle, Shostakovich's Romantic Suite, and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Her Naxos discography includes music by Adolphe, Markevich and Wuorinen. Since her return to the United States from England in 1997 she has had five recordings released on Deutsche Grammophon and Koch International with repertoire by Carter, Stravinsky, Crawford Seeger and Messiaen. Five additional CDs include works by Del Tredici, Rands, Adolphe, Kim, and Carter. She also has recordings on Bridge Records, Unicorn-Kanchana and Virgin Classics with music of Goehr, Knussen and Schoenberg. Shelton made her BBC Proms debut in Dallapiccola's Il Prigioniero and her Vienna and Berlin debuts singing Kurtag's The Sayings of Peter Bornemissza with Andras Schiff. Among notable conductors with whom Shelton has worked are Barenboim, Boulez, De Leeuw, Knussen, Lyndon-Gee, Metzmacher, Nott, Etvs, Rattle, Rilling, Rostropovich, Salonen, Slatkin, and Wolff. A native Californian, she began her musical training early with the study of both piano and flute. After graduating from Pomona College she pursued singing at the New England Conservatory and at the Aspen Music School where she studied with Jan de Gaetani. She has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. She is currently on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and coaches privately at her studio in New York City.