Sylvia Brigham

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Sylvia Brigham-Dimiziani, name-checked as Sylvia Brigham on the cover of "Freak Out!" (1966) under the heading "These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them", holds a degrees or certificate from Pomona College (1959), so maybe she was a sort of acquaintance from the early school days. She also holds degrees or certificates from L'École Normale de Musique in Paris (1960), the Juilliard School of Music (1961) in New York City, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg; additionally, she spent over two years studying with the principal coach of the Rome Opera and three summers at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik.

She performed as soprano soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Domaine Musical of Paris, and Maggio Musicale in Florence, to mention only a few, under the batons of Pierre Boulez (also name-checked on the cover of "Freak Out!"), Hans Werner Henze, Lukas Foss and Francesco Molinari-Pradella, among others. Her recordings range from early music through Puccini up to avant-garde works. She became an "Associate Professor of Music, Music Performance" at the Buffalo University, teaching "Vocal Diction", "Vocal Literature", "Applied Voice", and "Chamber Music" on a regular basis.