Singer’s perfect storm ó Soprano Dawn Upshaw’s sense of adventure draws her to ‘El Nino’

By David Mermelstein [LA Daily News, 16 December 2005]
It’s been some time since Schoenberg’s scowling mien or Boulez’s hard gaze represented the face of new music. The standard-bearers today have softer countenances, like John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Simon Rattle. Yet even they fall short of warm and fuzzy.