Bard Faculty

Dawn Upshaw

Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts and Humanities; Artistic Director, Graduate Vocal Arts Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Conservatory of Music, Bard Conservatory of Music: Vocal Arts


B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., Manhattan School of Music; honorary doctorate, Yale University. Soprano. Made debut at Metropolitan Opera in 1984; has since achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire. Known for singing the great Mozart roles (Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Despina) as well as works by Bach, Bartók, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Messiaen, Debussy, John Adams. Has performed with James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Gilbert Kalish, Kronos Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, among others. Winner of three Grammy Awards; featured on more than 50 recordings. First singer to be named a “Perspectives” Artist by Carnegie Hall. Recipient, MacArthur Fellowship (2007). At Bard since 2004.


Department: Bard Conservatory of Music