Virginia Dupuy

Mezzo Soprano

"She demonstrated an impressive vocal agility and sensitivity to the text."

WASHINGTON POST

Performances of Distinction:
Symphonies of: Dallas * Pittsburgh * Houston
Operas of: Dallas * Austin
Sound Track for: Disney Productions "Dick Tracy"

Recordings:
Gasparo, CRI and Vox Records


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Biography: (As of 2/1/2005 )

Virginia Dupuy has earned a reputation as one of the finest concert and recital singers in the United States. She continues to champion American music in her recent recordings including the 1999 Grammy nominated Voces Americanas with Voices of Change. Fanfare magazine hails her recording of Dominic Argento’s Pulitzer prize winner From the Diary of Virginia Woolf as one of the top classical recordings of 1990, calling it "one of the most impressive discs of vocal music heard in a long time." Her voice has been described as having "a velvety dark richness" (Santa Fe Reporter), and her interpretation, "a purity and pungency of style" (Houston Chronicle).
Ms. Dupuy made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. Other engagements include appearances with the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, Honolulu, Phoenix, Calgary, and the Fort Worth Symphony’s inaugural season in the Bass Performance Hall. She performs works ranging from Bach to Beethoven and Verdi to Mahler, displaying warmth of tone and flexibility.


In 2004 Virginia Dupuy with Shields-Collins Bray and Tara Emerson released the CD Dwell in Possibility: Emily Dickinson in Song on the Gasparo label, a recital of songs by American composers following research on hundreds of composers’ settings of Dickinson texts. Represented in this project are her highly esteemed composer friends Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Dan Welcher, Simon Sargon, Lori Laitman, William Jordan and others. At the Emily Dickinson International Society annual meeting in Amherst, Massachusetts, July 2002, Dupuy gave the premiere performance of two songs written for this event.


In November, 2001, Ms. Dupuy appeared at Alice Tully Hall with Teatro Grattacielo, singing two roles in Risurrezione by Franco Alfano. The New York Times praised her "firm and glowing Mezzo" and "authoritative poise." Known for her versatility, Virginia Dupuy has sung roles in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi andCavalleria Rusticana. And in 2004/5, Jenufa,, ans Little Women. Her public television and radio appearances include performance of the Bernstein Jeremiah Symphony, Verdi Requiem, Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortileges, and the Bach St. Matthew Passion. Ms. Dupuy can also be heard as the Opera Diva on Disney’s audio release of Dick Tracy.


Virginia Dupuy has maintained a strong passion for contemporary music, as expressed in her many recordings. Ms. Dupuy sang two world premieres:Wise Women and Hsueh-Yung Shen’s Three Poems of Anne Sexton with the Southwestern Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Recital Hall. By special invitation, she sang in the distinguished Mahler Symposium at Oxford University. Ms. Dupuy performed Harawi with pianist Shields-Collins Bray at an International Messiaen Festival which she reprised in 2001 with the premiere ensemble Voices of Change. She joined them again to sing works by Heggie and Welcher in two concerts in 2002. Ms. Dupuy is a professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is in demand as a teacher of vocal Master Classes internationally, and performs Emily in Song throughout the United States.


The 2004-2005 season features appearances with the Dallas Opera (Jenkins), Dallas Symphony (Flor), Austin Symphony (Bay), Plano Symphony (Guzman), and Fort Worth Opera (Larkin). Other performances will include Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things not Seen, with the composer present, at Fort Worth’s Museum of Modern Art on the "Modern at the Modern by Cliburn " series, Voices of Change in "Harper’s Monologue" with Ricky Ian Gordon, soloist in Meadows Museum Brahms Symposium, the Handel Festival in Gerogetown with Julianne Baird and Drew Minter, and at the International Wind Convention with Will Roberts and Simon Sargon.

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Opera Repertoire:

OPERA ROLES:

Amahl and the Night Visitors - - Mother

Cavalleria Rusticana - - Lola Faust - - Siebel

Donkey - - Ballade of the Bremen Band (Dennis Arlen)

L'Enfant et les Sortileges - - L'Ecureuil, Un Patre, La Bergere, La Chatte

El Gato con Botas - - Miller (Montsalvatge)

Gianni Schicchi - - Ciesca

Jenufa - - Mayor's Wife

Little Women - - Alma March

Madame Butterfly - - Suzuki

Magic Flute - - Third Lady

Rigoletto - - Maddalena

Samson - - Micah

Suor Angelica - - Nursing Sister

La Traviata - - Annina, Flora

Wise Women - - Crone

OPERA SCENES IN CONCERT PERFORMANCES:

Aida - - Triumphal Scene

Aspern Papers - - "Sixty Years Ago"

Barber of Seville - - "Una Voce Poco Fa"

Carmen - - "Habanera"

Cenerentola - - "Non Piu Mesta"

Fidelio - - "Wer ein solches Weib errungen"

Italian Girl in Algiers - - "Cruda Sorte"

Lakme - - "Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs"

Rigoletto - - "Bella figlia del Amore"

Samson and Delilah - - "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix"

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Voice and Piano:

Various Composers - settings of Emily Dickinsons's writings, "Emily Dickinson in Song"

Argento - - From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

Benson - - Songs for the End of the World

Benson - - Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan

Brahms - - Four Serious Songs

Britten - - Charm of Lullabies

Britten - - English Folk Songs

Britten - - Canticle II

Copland - - Emily Dickinson Songs

Debussy - - Chansons de Bilitis

de Falla - - Seven Popular Spanish Songs

Ginastera - - Las Horas de Una Estancia

Mahler, Alma- - Five Songs

Messiaen - - Harawi

Rorem - - Songs of Walt Whitman

Rorem - - Evidence of Things Not Seen (composer in attendance)

Schumann - - Frauenliebe und Leben

Sierra - - Roberto Conjuros

Wolf - - Morike Lieder

Wolf - - Italienisches Liederbuch

 

Selected Songs By:

Nadia Boulanger, Brahms, Copland, Faure, Stephen Foster, Ginastera, Hundley, Ives, Musto, Poulenc, Rorem, Schubert, Schumann, Weisgall, Welcher, Wolf

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Orchestra Repertoire:

Oratorio:

Bach - - Cantata 21, 36, 70, 80, 82, 118, 121, 182, 199

Bach - - Magnificat

Bach - - St. Matthew Passion

Bach - - St. John Passion

Bach - - Christmas Oratorio

Bach - - A Major Mass

C.P.E. Bach - - Helig

Beethoven - - Mass in C

Brahms - - Alto Rhapsody

Carissimi - - Jeptha

Copland - - In the Beginning

Corigliano - - Fern Hill

Faure - - Messe Basse

Handel - - Messiah

Handel - - Samson

Handel - - Israel in Egypt

Handel - - Dixit Dominus

Haydn - - Lord Nelson Mass

Hovhaness - - Magnificat

Mendelssohn - - Elijah

Mendelssohn - - St. Paul

Mozart - - Mass in c minor

Mozart - - Requiem

Mozart - - Missa Brevis

Mozart - - Coronation Mass

Mozart - - Vesperae solennes de confessore

Respighi - - Laud to the Nativity

Rossini - - Stabat Mater

Schütz - - Seven Last Words

Schubert - - Mass in Bb

Schubert - - Mass in G

Schubert - - Magnificat

Vaughan Williams - - Mass in g minor

Vaughan Williams - - Magnificat

Vivaldi - - Gloria

Voice with Orchestra:

Bach - - Solo Cantata 35, 199

Barber - - Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Beethoven - - Missa Solemnis

Beethoven - - Symphony Number 9

Benson - - Shadow Wood

Berkeley - - Songs of St. Teresa of Avilla

Berlioz - - Nuits d'Ete

Bernstein - - Jeremiah Symphony

Brahms - - Alto Rhapsody

Britten - - Phaedra

Chausson - - Chanson Perpetuelle

Chumbley - - Songs of Persuasion

Corgliano - - Fern Hill

de Falla - - El Amor Brujo

de Falla - -Three Cornered Hat

Harbison - - Elegiac Songs

Leon, Tania - - Pueblo Mulato

Mahler - - Ruckert Lieder

Mahler - - Symphony #2, #3, #8

Mahler - - Kindertotenlieder

Mahler - - Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

Mahler - - Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Ravel - - Chanson Madecasses

Ravel - - Scheherazade

Ravel - - L'Enfant et les Sortileges

Stravinsky - - Oedipus Rex

Stravinsky - - Les Noces

Verdi - - Requiem

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Companies:

Pittsburgh Symphony
Dallas Symphony
Atlanta Ballet and Orchestra
The Dallas Opera
Honolulu Symphony
Austin Symphony
Phoenix Symphony
Ft. Worth Symphony
Jacksonville Symphony
Fort Worth Opera
Knoxville Symphony
National Repertory Orchestra
Omaha Symphony
Eugene Symphony
Arkansas Symphony
Buffalo Philharmonic Opera Illinois
Shreveport Opera
Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra
San Antonio Symphony

 

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Reviews:

Verdi Requiem, with Eugene Concert Choir, Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Oregon Mozart Players
"Virginia Dupuy matched Nassief’s intensity with a more steely vocal timbre, and joined Nassief in two impressive duets… (to sing in unison, an octave apart) the result was haunting.…some of the best soloists heard here. When one hires soloists of this calibre, one must be ready to back them up with more than provincial choral and orchestra forces." - - - Marilyn Farwell,The Register-Guard, 5/11/04

Jake Heggie's The Starry Night with Voices of Change
(Headline: " 'Starry Night ' sparkles in new-composer series")
"Heggie's The Starry Night (2001), here delivered with utter grace and subtlety by mezzo soprano Virginia Dupuy."
- - -Wayne Lee Gay, Star-Telegram, 2/26/02

Risurrezione (F. Alfano), Teatro Grattacielo, New York City, Alice Tully Hall
"There was some fine singing, too. Virginia Dupuy was a firm and glowing mezzo that gained from her authoritative poise."
- - - Paul Griffiths, The New York Times, 12/6/01

Messiaen Harawi with Voices of Change
"(Messiaen's) music is suffused with Roman Catholicism and mysticism, threaded with bird calls and complex Hindu rhythmsÉTo this challenging task Virginia Dupuy brought a soprano of both depth and eclat. She sang with skill and sympathy and-no small accomplishment in this free-floating music- strikingly sure intonation." - - - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, 1/21/01

Vox Femina with Voices of Change
"Dan Welcher was represented by his 1984 Vox Femina, subtitled "A Cycle of Poems By and About Women." Virginia Dupuy's strong sturdy soprano and vivid delivery were made to order." - - - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, 4/18/2000

CD Recording: Pueblo Mulato with Voices of Change
"The Voices of Change album contains excellent performances. The musicians involved are distinguished artists of the Dallas area. Tania Leon is represented by musical settings of three poems. The part for soprano shares Mr. Davidosky's spikiness, but the instrumental background is interesting, with an appealing rhythmic bite. Ms. Dupuy is the capable soloist." Olim Chism, Dallas Morning News, 1999

Verdi Requiem with Ft. Worth Symphony
"The four soloists are first rate, Virginia Dupuy, mezzo soprano, displaying a beautiful mezzo soprano."
- - - Punch Shaw, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 1999

CD Recording: Songs of Alma Mahler with Simon Sargon, piano
"All 14 songs are lovingly rendered by Ms. Dupuy, an artist-in-residence at SMU in Dallas, Texas. She is what Ned Rorem calls "A smart singer of smart music. Intellectually, she might be a successor to Jennie Tourel." - - - Gary Lemco Audiophile, 1999

"Mezzo Virginia Dupuy of Southern Methodist University, who sang the Mozart "Requiem" with Atlanta Ballet in March, has recorded all the published songs of Alma Schindler, written before she married Mahler in 1902. Rich and luscious, as is Dupuy's voice, they are notable for the breadth of the poets she set. Pianist Simon Sargon partners her beautifully."
- - -Judith Green, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1999

CD Recording: A Clear Midnight with Simon Sargon, piano
"Waves of the Sea is performed here by the composer and Virginia Dupuy, for whom it was written. Dupuy's honey voice is extremely expressive, encompassing both the rollicking humor of the dance-like Fiddler of Dooney, the flirtatious In May, and the dramatic Hosting of the Sidhe." - - - Candace Magner, National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal, 1999

Beethoven 9th Symphony with Ft.Worth Symphony
"Although it is hardly fair to judge the fine points of a musical performance heard through an outdoor sound system, the quality of the soloists was obvious. Three familiar vocalists &endash; mezzo Virginia Dupuy, tenor Scot Cameron and baritone David Robinson &endash; and rising Chicago-born soprano Jonita Lattimore were all clearly at ease with the notoriously difficult solo roles."
- - - Ft. Worth Star Telegram,
1998

Alexander Nevsky with Erie Symphony
"Virginia Dupuy has a lovely mezzo soprano voice, wide ranging and darkly rich in timbre. She sang the "Liebestod" with skill and artistry. The work was well played and well sung by all involved, including the touching solo by Dupuy." Erie Daily Times, 1998

Pueblo Mulato with Voices of Change
"No slouch in the intensity department is Tania Leon's remarkably evocative and handsomely performed Pueblo Mulato (Dupuy, mezzo soprano). Indeed, an attenuated ethnicity aside, the program's binding thread is the drama and craft this good, well-performed program radiates, perhaps in part owing to Voices of Change's interpretive powers." - - - Fanfare 1998

Gounod's Faust
"Nova Thomas wasn't the only colorful and convincing performer. Virginia Dupuy was quite compelling in the role of Siebel, Faust's rival for the hand of Marguerite." - - - Peoria Record, 1997

Perfumes, Red Rose with the Ft. Worth Symphony
"But the centerpiece of Perfumes is "Red Rose." It was beautifully accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony, conductor Ron Spigelman and the expressive, almost contralto voice of mezzo soprano Virginia Dupuy." - - - Forth Worth Star Telegram, 1997

John Corigliano's Fern Hill with the composer and University of Texas Symphony and Chorus

"John Corigliano set "Fern Hill" in 1960. There is the signature concern for clarity and directness well-suited to Dylan Thomas' images of a child's world. Mezzo soprano Virginia Dupuy sang with sweet ripeness, conveying longing for such simpler times."
- - -Austin American-Statesman

Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Deep Ellum Opera

"Dupuy has quite a resume and when you hear her in person, you'll know why. She shined in the intimate surroundings and brought much warmth and humor to her role." Peoria Record

Mahler Resurrection Symphony

"Mezzo Soprano Virginia Dupuy's rich vibrant tones imbued the fourth movement with pathos and joy." Arkansas Democrat

1995

Ravel Chansons Madecasses

"The Ravel Chansons Madecasses sung by mezzo-soprano Virginia Dupuy was outstanding. Her voice produced resonant, clear tone with good volume well below middle C. Dupuy's depiction of fear and caution in "Auoa," second of the three songs, painted a realistic picture over Ravel's shimmery background, brilliantly played by Harvey Boatright on flute, Christopher Adkins on cello and Jo Boatright's piano." Lincoln World

Michael Colgrass' New People

"New People is a brightly composed and humorous song cycle by the wonderfully skilled Michael Colgrass. It is a highly intelligent setting of his own text of seven somewhat surreal poems. Colgrass, who was present, had a wonderful singer in mezzo-soprano Virginia Dupuy. She gave his texts the right amount of theatrical emphasis &endash; she could be playful but she held onto her dignity." The Buffalo News

Les Noces with the Ft. Worth Ballet

"Les Noces is not sweet, festive or frivolous. It detonates as a barrage of thunderous sound, provided by a platoon of pianists and percussionists and a very confident and resonant Southern Methodist University chorus, backed up by some heavy-hitting soloists." Dallas Morning News

Conrad Susa's The Wise Women

"Whatever else will be accomplished by the 42nd National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, the Dallas-based meeting has already distinguished itself with the commissioning of Conrad Susa's church opera The Wise Women. Though the cast was a large one &endash; and an excellent, poised one &endash; special mention must be made of the Wise Men and their wives, Lynda Poston-Smith , Robin Flood Fincher, and Virginia Dupuy." Dallas Morning News

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Special Music Programs:

Emily Dickinson in Song

Virginia Dupuy, mezzo — soprano
with piano

 

Recitals will be selected from the following compositions:

Just Emily
Will there really be a "Morning"? Richard Hundley
Poor little Heart! Robert Baksa
Papa above! Leo Smit
They shut me up in Prose Leo Smit
I died for Beauty – but was scarce Simon Sargon
   
Spiritual Emily

If I can stop one Heart from breaking

James MacDermid

It’s all I have to bring today Ernst Bacon
Savior! I’ve no one else to tell Ernst Bacon
I never saw a Moor Richard Pearson Thomas
Go thy way! Jake Heggie
The Road to Bethlehem Jake Heggie
I would not paint – a picture Jake Heggie
   
Playful Emily

They might not need me –yet they might

Lori Laitman
I Never felt at Home – Below Celius Dougherty
Bee! I’m expecting you! William Jordan
Wild Nights – Wild Nights! Lee Hoiby
Why –do they shut Me out of Heaven? Aaron Copland
   
Emily and Nature

How happy is the little Stone

Ricky Ian Gordon
New feet within my garden go John Duke
Have you got a brook in your little heart Etta Parker
I never saw a Moor Richard Pearson Thomas
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee Peter Askim
   

Emily and The Hereafter


Good Morning — Midnight

Martha Sullivan
The Bustle in a House William Jordan
Ample make this Bed Gerald Ginsburg
Dear Cousins William Jordan


 


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