An Interview with Sylvia McNair

March 16, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Close-up of Sylvia McNair and Pearl McNair, her Cocker Spaniel
Sylvia McNair and Pearl (Photo by Lisa Walker)

The two-time Grammy award-winning soprano shares stories from her 25 years as one of the preeminent American artists in classical music…and why she pivoted to focus on the American Songbook.

Sylvia McNair and Roger Vignoles perform Ravel’s Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera.


All selections feature soprano Sylvia McNair.

Henry Purcell: “Hark! the echoing air” from The Fairy Queen
Crispian Steele Perkins, trumpet
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K. 165
III. Tu virginum corona
IV. Alleluia
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
Westminster Symphonic Choir
New York Philharmonic
Kurt Masur, conductor

Igor Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
Act II, trio “Could it have been unknown”
Act I, aria ‘No word from Tom”
Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, tenor
Saito Kinen Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Francis Poulenc: “C’est ainsi que tu est”  from Métamorphoses
Roger Vignoles, piano

George Gershwin: Isn’t It a Pity?
Ted Taylor, piano

Jerome Kern: You Couldn’t Be Cuter
Harold Arlen: Come Rain or Come Shine
André Previn, piano
David Finck, double-bass