Delos's founder, Amelia S. Haygood (1919-2007), was one of the most respected names in the classical recording industry. Having founded Delos in 1973, she remained the guiding force behind the label for the next 34 years, maintaining standard-setting quality in artistic excellence, integration of new technology, innovative presentation, and careful attention to every aspect of production.
Haygood (and therefore Delos) was a leader in digital recording beginning in 1979, working closely with inventor Thomas Stockham and his prototype Soundstream digital recording process. Delos was the first independent label to sell its CDs in the US. Delos’s Director of Recording, John Eargle, received the Grammy Award for Sound Engineering in 2001. Virtually every major audio publication worldwide has recognized Delos as the highest achievement in musical and technical quality.
Renowned artists recording for Delos include Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Zuill Bailey, Angel Romero, and the Brazilian and Los Angeles Guitar Quartets.
Further Reading: Delos
Katherine talks to the American dramatic mezzo about her debut recital-disc of songs by Mahler, Sibelius and Dvorak.