Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Conducting is natural progression for former opera star.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

Drawing from experience

On a snowy January morning, Susan Davenny Wyner wears a scarf and carries a bottle of water to work like a professional singer protecting the vocal chords, like the opera star she once was.

The daughter of a concert pianist and professor Ward Davenny, Davenny Wyner once soloed at the Metropolitan Opera, recorded with Columbia Masterworks and took center stage with major metropolitan symphonies across the country under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Andre Previn and Seiji Ozawa.

On April 15, 1983, Davenny Wyner's career made an unexpected turn when she was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in Manhattan and nearly died. …

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