Annette Nauraine

About Annette Nauraine

I’m a writer, mother and singer living in Connecticut. I’ve written for Classical Singer Magazine and OperaNews online. Previously, I was the editor and contributing writer for Journey, the parish magazine of St. Paul’s on the Green (Norwalk, CT). Collaborating with composer Tarik Ghiradella, we created Songs from the Front Porch, a song cycle for soprano, told from point of view of four women from four wars.

I’ve also composed some of my own songs and written poetry. Currently, I’m flogging a children’s picture book on biracial families called, What Color Am I? I’m also working on my fifth novel. The previous novels having been practice books.

In my former life, I was an opera singer performing opera, oratorio and recital throughout the Tri-State area and in Sweden. My favorite composer is Mozart and my favorite role was Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni: she’s passionate, erratic, determined and lusty. (Hmmmm. Now why is she my favorite?) I love to sing Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, and other composers from the Great American Songbook. When possible, I often serve up a chaser of slightly naughty jokes along with my songs.

Recordings can be found at the bottom of this page.

Other Interests:

Do not include cooking, hunting, biking or exercising. Neuroscience, psychology, epigenetics and behavioral science fascinate me. Neuroscience is rapidly making deep and surprising discoveries; afflictions which were once (mis)labeled, neurosis, depression, psychosis, bi-polar and schizophrenia are increasingly being viewed as neurological illnesses manifesting as a set of symptoms. They are brain sicknesses, rather than a personal lack of emotional or mental fortitude. Moralizing scorn is no more (or should not be) any more acceptable for these illnesses than it is for, say, diabetes, autism, stuttering, Downs Syndrome or epilepsy. They are all diseases of neurology, not the soul. It is an exciting time for neuroscience, psychology and mankind.(Now if only the Republicans could understand the far reaching consequences of social starvation (educational, physical and monetary resources) of an entire class of people, we might make some progress.)

All time favorite book: Il Leopardo by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa. Set in the Risorgimento or Reunification of Italy, the book details the decline of Prince Salina and the rise of the bourgeoisie. A spectacular book.

The Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. Pick it up anywhere, on any page and be transported into a time of delicious languor.

Books I’m reading:

More about my in progress novels including an excerpt from Accidental Daughter can be found here.

Mother’s Lament

Sister

The Voice of God