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Soprano Sylvia McNair, born in Mansfield, Ohio, has appeared with leading U.S. orchestras including those of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. In Europe, McNair has performed and recorded with the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the English Baroque Soloists, the English Concert, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In the operatic field, she made a triumphant debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1989, followed by an equally sensational debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. As the first winner of the Marian Anderson Award in 1990, McNair has chosen to devote a substantial amount of her time to recitals, performing in major music centers including Edinburgh, Lisbon, Brussels, London, Paris, Vienna, Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in New York at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centerís Alice Tully Hall.
Her recordings include Poppea, with John Eliot Gardner; Susanna, with Claudio Abbado; and an album of Purcell songs with Christopher Hogwood, for which she received a Grammy Award.