Manual de Falla: Nana

Written by Sari Gruber

Soprano

July 10, 2019

When a singer welcomes a child into the family, there are many nights of baby-rocking that put to practical use the collection of lullabies learned for the recital stage. De Falla’s “Nana” was a song I had performed only once as a student at Tanglewood Music Center, but it reemerged from my long-term memory early on in the sleep-deprived search for good lullabies for our daughter. Unlike some songs that come and go, “Nana” has stuck around for nine years as a staple of the bedtime routine. My daughter now can sing it to me, with an uber-Spanish flair. De los Angeles floors me with her singing of this simple-sounding but devilishly difficult little song every time.

Repost from July 15, 2015

Sari Gruber

Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” (Opera Magazine) and “a real creature of the stage,” (Opera News) soprano Sari Gruber is a longtime NYFOS favorite. As we anticipate her return to the NYFOS Mainstage this fall in a double bill of Marc Blitzstein’s No For An Answer and Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee, we revisit her Song of the Day posts from 2015.

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