Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 2 – April 8, 2017
“Climbing High Mountains” from Osceola Davis’ Album, Climbing High Mountains
by Osceola Davis
A native of New Jersey, Osceola Davis began her career as an elementary school teacher. This allowed her the opportunity to mentor handicapped as well as musically-gifted children. From there she was invited to New York to participate in the opera studio at the Metropolitan Opera for promising artists. The studio presented their programs in the public schools to introduce young audiences to new repertoire. These experiences led her to perform on Broadway, then continued on to perform in Europe. When she returned to the U.S., this time it was to sing on the Metropolitan Opera stage and begin her career as a major international attraction.
Earlier recordings of Osceola includes a joint project with Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Festival and the Metropolitan Opera’s Finnish baritone, Jorma Hynninen. She also recorded for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, MA where she was, for a number of years, soloist as well.
“The real savior and good spirit of the Ariadne performance is Osceola Davis’ Zerbinetta, this nightingale-like virtuoso. Her characterization is quite perfect, a seductive frolicker who changes from moment to moment with mercurial fickleness, is always as unpredictable and as captivating. Osceola Davis’ appearance combines most delicate gracefulness and great strength. Zerbinetta’s movements and gestures could hardly be more enticing and pulsating. Her expressions portray childlike bewilderment, tittering coquetry aw well as shrewdness. One of Strauss’ magic tricks is the way in which he transforms the cabaret-like melodies of Zerbinetta and her companions into a refined coloratura splendor. Osceola Davis’ nightingale-like voice sounds at the same time like the purring of a cat.” — Hannu-Tlari Lampila, Helsingin Sanomat
“Osceola Davis isn’t as familiar a singer as Battle, but on the basis of Sunday’s concert she should be. Her winsome personality was instantaneously appealing, her tone glowed like freshly fallen snow, and her direct, heartfelt interpretive manner was absolutely perfect for this beloved yet often so artistically elusive repertory… That selection and Davis’ ecstatic rendition of ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’ (capped by a stunning high E Flat) got the biggest ovations of the afternoon, but the entire program was a delightful, frequently very moving experience.” — Bill Zakariasen, The Daily News
“But there was delightful singing from Osceola Davis, silvery in Zerbinetta’s aria from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos,'” — Richard Dyer, The Boston Sunday Globe