Habitat: Cy Gavin

“Singer shrine and tool area! A framed etching of legendary Maria Malibran framed in her lifetime (upper left). The muse of Benjamin Britten, Heather Harper, whose interpretation of Strauss’ Four Last Songs (conducted by composer Pierre Boulez!) is my favorite of all. On the right is Hulda Lashanska, a master interpreter, who never had a stage career, but whose legacy of recordings captured my imagination. It has spurred me to preserve her memory by recording and posting her recordings on YouTube. I have spent many hours poring over and photographing her correspondences, which are housed in the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center.”