Stephanie Blythe, the American mezzosoprano, gave a recital at Carnegie Hall. She was accompanied by her longtime pianist, Warren Jones (a pianist, and a longtime pianist, to many, it’s true). They began with the Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson—not by Aaron Copland, but by another American composer, James Legg, who died in 2000. He wrote his Dickinson songs expressly for Blythe.

Before she did any singing, she did some talking—noting that there were no texts in our programs. That’s because she didn’t want to see faces buried in programs. Fair enough. She said, “We,” meaning singers in general, “try so hard to be understood.” Again, fair enough. But then she did something curious: She recited all the Dickinson...

 
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