By Ben Rimalower
08 Feb 2014
|Photo by Autumn de Wilde|
Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has broken new ground on many planes throughout her illustrious career. Her singular talent, intelligence and charisma have transcended boundaries of time period, medium, genre and even race. Cast in the chorus of Broadway's The Secret Garden fresh out of Juilliard's classical voice department, she quickly moved up to a series of principal roles in major productions, both musical and non, winning a record number of major awards and widespread acclaim, as well as acheiving success branching out into television. Another fruitful arena for McDonald has been concert stages worldwide and an extensive recording career, including a prodigious solo output of first-rate productions on Nonesuch Records.
Click through to see my choices for the essential recordings of Audra McDonald on disc.Continued...