An old friend of mine, when I told him I was going to see Dawn Upshaw, emailed to say she sings his favorite Strauss Four Last Songs. "My heart melts when I hear her," he wrote.
So, when I spoke to Miss Upshaw after last night's performance, I passed along the compliment, figuring it would be a nice way to break the ice. She said she has never, ever sung the Four Last Songs.
Maybe she should, though. I'm told she does a great job with them.