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    Marina Prior

    Marina Prior

    Marina Prior (often misspelt 'Pryor') (born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on (1963-10-18)October 18, 1963) is an Australian singer and actress. When she was a young child her parents returned to Australia and she grew up in Melbourne, attending Syndal South Primary School and Korowa Anglican Girls' School. She began to take singing lessons at the age of twelve and also learnt piano, flute and guitar. While studying for a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne State College (which later became a faculty of the University of Melbourne) in 1983, she auditioned for the Victoria State Opera production of The Pirates of Penzance, and was cast as "Mabel", launching her career in musical theatre. The following year saw Prior as "Guinevere" in the Australian production of Camelot with Richard Harris. In 1985, she performed the dual roles of "Jellylorum" and "Griddlebone" in the Australian premiere production of Cats. In 1987, she appeared as "Josephine" opposite Paul Eddington in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, as "Kathy" in The Student Prince at the Lyric Opera in Brisbane and as "Hope Harcourt" in Anything Goes. This was followed by "Cosette" the Australian premiere production of Les
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    Vivica Genaux

    Vivica Genaux

    Vivica Genaux (pronounced: [vi.vi.ka ʒe.no]; born in Fairbanks, Alaska) is an American coloratura mezzo-soprano. Her father, an American of Belgian-Welsh descent, was a biochemistry professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her mother, Mexican-born of Swiss-German extraction, was a language teacher. She has sung in major operas such as The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera, L'italiana in Algeri at Opéra National de Paris, and La Cenerentola with Dallas Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper. Ms. Genaux studied with the late Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Virginia Zeani at Indiana University Bloomington and currently studies with Claudia Pinza (daughter of bass Ezio Pinza). She began her professional career specializing in charming portrayals of Rossini comic heroines (Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, Angelina in La Cenerentola). She has performed these roles more than two hundred times with many of the major U.S. opera companies (including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, and Pittsburgh Operas), as well as in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dresden, Munich, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Verona, Santiago and
    7.10
    10 votes
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    Marianne Mathy

    Marianne Mathy-Frisdane (23 June 1890 – 18 October 1978) was a coloratura soprano opera singer and distinguished teacher of opera and classical singing. Born Marianne Helene Sara Kahn in Mannheim, Germany, in 1913 Marianne married Colonel Eric Mathy, an officer of Kaiser Wilhelm III's Imperial German Army. Though they divorced the next year, with Eric killed in action shortly thereafter, Marianne retained Mathy's name for the remainder of her life. In 1921, she married Berlin architect, Franz (Francis) Martin Friendenstein. They later changed this name by deed poll in February 1945 from Friendenstein to Frisdane. Her musical education included piano, theory, speech training, interpretation and voice production, with a special course for the treatment of damaged vocal cords. Though her initial formal training emphasised piano, Marianne showed early promise as an opera and classical singer. In 1918 Marianne was offered her first engagement singing at a provincial opera, as Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. She became well known as an interpreter of Lieder and of Early Music. She went on to perform in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1929 Marianne received the State
    6.89
    9 votes
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    Leo Slezak

    Leo Slezak

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Leo Slezak (German pronunciation: [ˌleːo ˈslɛzak]) (18 August 1873 – 1 June 1946) was a world-famous Moravian tenor. He was associated in particular with German opera as well as the title role in Verdi's Otello. Born in Šumperk (Mährisch-Schönberg), Slezak worked as a gardener, an engineer's fitter and served in the army before taking singing lessons with the first-class baritone and pedagogue Adolf Robinson. He made his debut in 1896 in Brno (Brünn) and proceeded to sing leading roles in Bohemia and Germany, appearing at Breslau and, in 1898-99, at Berlin. From 1901 onwards he was a permanent member of the Vienna State Opera's roster of artists, achieving star status. Slezak's international career commenced in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he sang Siegfried (a punishing role that he would soon drop from his repertoire) and Lohengrin in 1900. (He would return to Covent Garden in 1909 after undertaking further vocal studies in Paris the previous year with a great tenor of a previous era, Jean de Reszke.) Slezak secured a three-year contract with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1909. Met audiences acclaimed him in performances of works by Wagner and Verdi.
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    Luigi Lablache

    Luigi Lablache

    • Voice Type: Bass
    Luigi Lablache (6 December 1794 – 23 January 1858) was an Italian opera singer of French and Irish heritage. He was most noted for his comic performances, possessing a powerful and agile bass voice, a wide range, and adroit acting skills: Leporello in Don Giovanni was one of his signature roles. Luigi Lablache was born in Naples, the son of Nicolas Lablache, a merchant from Marseille, France, by an Irish lady. He was educated from 1806 at the Conservatorio della Pietà de' Turchini in Naples, where Gentili taught him the elements of music, and Valesi instructed him in singing, while at the same time he studied the violin and cello. He fled the Conservatorio five times in order to pursue an acting career, but each time he was brought back in disgrace. His voice was a beautiful contralto, and just before it broke he sang the solos in Mozart's Requiem on the death of Joseph Haydn in 1809. Before long he became possessed of a magnificent bass, which gradually increased in volume until at the age of twenty it attained a compass of two octaves from E-flat below to E-flat above the bass stave. In 1812, when only eighteen, he was engaged at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, and appeared in
    7.29
    7 votes
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    Isabelle Poulenard

    Isabelle Poulenard (b. 5 July 1961) is a soprano. Poulenard was born in Paris, France. Her work has generally been focused on music of the French Baroque, however, she has performed and recorded George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann. Her voice has been compared to that of Emma Kirkby.
    7.67
    6 votes
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    Klesie Kelly

    Klesie Kelly is an American opera singer and teacher born in Kentucky, USA, currently living and working in Cologne, Germany. She has given concerts in Europe, the USA and Japan and made several tv and radio performance. She gives master classes at the Accademia di Cervo. Kelly, KlesieKelly, KlesieKelly, Klesie
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    5 votes
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    Josef Metternich

    Josef Metternich (2 June 1915, Cologne - 21 February 2005, Feldafing) was a German operatic baritone. Metternich was born in Hermühlheim, near Cologne, he studied in Cologne and Berlin, and sang with the Cologne and Bonn choruses, before making his solo debut in 1941 with the Berlin State Opera in Lohengrin, but his career was delayed by the war, it really took off in 1946, when he was able to return to the opera stage, and quickly established himself in both the German and Italian repertories. Metternich also appeared at the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in La forza del destino, in 1953. He joined the Munich State Opera in 1954, where he created the role of Johannes Kepler in Hindemith's Die Harmonie der Welt (1957). Metternich was a powerful singer and charismatic performer. He retired in 1971 after performing for more than three decades.
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    Joseph Rouleau

    Joseph A. Rouleau, CC GOQ (born February 28, 1929) is a French-Canadian bass opera singer, particularly associated with the Italian and French repertories. Born in Matane, Quebec, he studied privately with Édouard Woolley and Albert Cornellier in Montreal, and at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal with Martial Singher. He went to Milan, Italy, for complementary studies with Mario Basiola and Antonio Narducci. He sang small roles with the Opéra national du Québec, but his real debut was as Colline in La bohème, in New Orleans Opera, in 1955. He made his Opera Guild of Montreal debut as Philip II in Don Carlos (one of his greatest roles) in 1956. He also appeared in concert and on Canadian radio and television. Engaged by the Royal Opera House in London, Rouleau sang with the company in Cardiff, Manchester, and Southampton prior to his London debut as Colline on 23 Apr 1957. Leading roles followed in over 40 productions there during the next 20 years. His Count Rodolfo in Bellini's La Sonnambula in 1960 with Joan Sutherland, led to a collaboration with the soprano which included his debut at the Paris Opéra that year as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and a 1965-6
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    5 votes
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    Miguel Fleta

    Miguel Fleta

    Miguel Burró Fleta (1 December or 28 December 1897, Albalate de Cinca, Huesca Province, Spain - 28 May or 30 May 1938, A Coruña) was a Spanish operatic tenor. Despite his short stage career, lasting from 1919 to 1935, Fleta has been described as one of the most significant Iberian opera singers of the 20th century. Among the important international venues at which he sang were La Scala, Milan, (in 1923-26) and the New York Metropolitan Opera (in 1923-25). Additionally, in 1926, he had the honour of creating the role of Calaf in Puccini's posthumously-premiered final opera, Turandot, at the insistence of La Scala's principal conductor, Arturo Toscanini. But this taxing dramatic role took him to the limit of his resources and he did not attempt it again. Fleta made his operatic debut in Trieste in 1919, having previously studied voice at the Madrid conservatory. Successful engagements in Rome followed, leading to his La Scala and Met debuts. He quit the Met in acrimonious circumstances, however, and the resultant legal action stopped him performing again in the United States. He was celebrated during his best years for the finesse with which he used his rich, flexible voice. The most
    8.60
    5 votes
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    Deon van der Walt

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Deon van der Walt (28 July 1958 – 29 November 2005), was a South African tenor. Van der Walt studied singing at the University of Stellenbosch and made his debut as Jaquino in Beethoven's Fidelio at the Cape Town Opera before he had graduated. Numerous scholarships and awards allowed him to continue his studies abroad. In 1981 he won the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. His first formal engagement took him to Gelsenkirchen's Musiktheater im Revier, then to the Staatsoper Stuttgart and Zurich Opera. He was invited to perform at the Royal Opera House in London in 1985 and there made his debut as Almaviva in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. He was counted amongst the leading lyric tenors of his day and performed at all the world’s major opera houses, including He also performed at numerous international festivals, especially at the Salzburg Festival, where he sang Belmonte in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and Ferrando in Così fan tutte under Riccardo Muti. On video, he can be seen in Handel's Semele as Jupiter, singing a long, beautifully shaped "Where'er you walk"; in Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix with Edita Gruberová; and in La belle Hélène. Deon van der Walt
    6.29
    7 votes
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    Nell Rankin

    Nell Rankin (January 3, 1924 – January 13, 2005) was an American operatic mezzo-soprano. Although a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most of her career at the Metropolitan Opera where she worked from 1951-1976. Rankin was particularly admired for her portrayals of Amneris in Verdi's Aida and the title role in Bizet's Carmen. Opera News said, "Her full, generous tone and bold phrasing, especially in the Italian repertory, were unique among American mezzos of her generation. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Rankin was raised in a musical family. Along with her parents and siblings, Rankin grew up playing various musical instruments. She began performing at the age of four on the radio by singing for commercials. As a teenager she studied voice with Jeanne Lorraine at the Birmingham Conservatory. In order to pay for her lessons with Lorraine, Rankin rented the Huntingdon College pool and spent her summers teaching the children of Montgomery to swim. Helen Traubel visited the conservatory to perform a recital in 1943 while Rankin was a student. Determined to succeed in an opera career, Rankin went backstage and persuaded Traubel's accompanist, Coenraad V. Bos, to hear her
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    5 votes
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    Busk Margit Jonsson

    Busk Margit Jonsson (born 10 September 1929) is a Swedish Soprano opera singer. Jonsson was born in Malung, Dalarna County. She played many roles during her time at the Royal Swedish Opera from 1954 to 1983, and was awarded the prestigious "Jussi Björling scholarship" in 1975. Jonsson has been guest host on the popular radio programme Sommar. From 1964-1977 she was married to Swedish actor Helge Skoog. She had been married to opera singer Ingvar Wixell before then. Busk Margit Jonsson at the Internet Movie Database
    7.00
    6 votes
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    Maria Callas

    Maria Callas

    • Voice Type: Soprano
    Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique, a wide-ranging voice and great dramatic gifts. An extremely versatile singer, her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. She turned herself from a heavy woman into a svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's allegedly temperamental behaviour, her supposed
    7.00
    6 votes
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    Eugen Gura

    Eugen Gura

    Eugen Gura (November 8, 1842 – August 26, 1906) was a German operatic baritone. Gura was born in Nové Sedlo, Louny District, Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic). He was at first educated for the career of a painter at Vienna and Munich; but later, developing a fine baritone voice, he took up singing and studied it at the Munich Conservatorium. In 1865 he made his debut at the Munich opera, and in the following years he gained the highest reputation in Germany, being engaged principally at Leipzig till 1876 and then at Hamburg till 1883. He sang in 1876 in Wagner's Ring at Bayreuth, and was famous for his Wagnerian roles; his Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, as performed in London in 1882, was magnificent. He created the role of Gűnther in Wagner's Götterdämmerung on 17 August 1876. In later years he showed the perfection of art in his singing of German Lieder. He died in Bavaria.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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    4 votes
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    Ginger Beazley

    Dr. Ginger Beazley is a voice instructor who specializes in training singers for opera and musical theatre. An accomplished soprano herself, Dr. Beazley was trained by many of the world's greatest voice instructors, including Virginia Zeani. Though best known for her students Angela Brown and Susanna Phillips who have brought her name to the front page of the New York Times, she is best known in Huntsville, Alabama, where she resides, as founder and director of Ars Nova School of the Arts, a music instruction program for students of all ages, providing instruction in several aspects of music and theatre. Ars Nova is also well known for its quality local theatrical performances. Dr. Beazley is also retired voice professor at Oakwood College, where she taught Angela Brown.
    6.67
    6 votes
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    Giuseppe Di Stefano

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Giuseppe Di Stefano (24 July 1921 – 3 March 2008) was an Italian operatic tenor who sang professionally from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. He was known as the "Golden voice" or "The most beautiful voice", as the true successor of Beniamino Gigli. He was also known for his long-term performance and recording association and brief romantic episode with the soprano Maria Callas. Giuseppe di Stefano was born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, a village near Catania, Sicily. He was the only son of a carabiniere turned cobbler and his dressmaker wife. Di Stefano was educated at a Jesuit seminary and briefly contemplated entering the priesthood. After serving in the Italian military (and briefly taking lessons from the Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod), di Stefano made his operatic debut in 1946 in Reggio Emilia as Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, the role in which he made his La Scala debut the following year. The great beauty of his lyric tenor voice quickly won him international attention and he was duly engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He made his New York debut in 1948 as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto after singing the role in Riccione with Hjördis Schymberg that
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Lisette Oropesa

    Lisette Oropesa

    • Voice Type: Lyric coloratura soprano
    Lisette Oropesa (born on September 29, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American soprano, who was raised in Baton Rouge, where she studied at Louisiana State University. Her parents are both emigrants from Cuba, and her mother, Rebeca Oropesa (née Ulloa), is a soprano who was heard in productions at Loyola University of the South (Sister Genevieve in Suor Angelica, and Venus in Venus and Adonis) and LSU (Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi), before she decided on raising a family. Lisette Oropesa was in the National Council Grand Finals Concert, at the Metropolitan Opera, in 2005, and was then part of the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program until 2008. She made her Met debut in a small role in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's production of Idomeneo (conducted by James Levine), on September 28, 2006, then sang the First Lay-Sister in their new production of Suor Angelica. As substitute, she sang her first leading role at that house, Susanna in Sir Jonathan Miller's production of Le nozze di Figaro (opposite Erwin Schrott's Figaro), on October 2, 2007, which was reckoned a great success. In the 2007-08 season, Miss Oropesa was seen in the Met's Hänsel und Gretel, as the Dew Fairy, and,
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Paul Lhérie

    Paul Lhérie

    Paul Lhérie (Lévy), (born Paris October 8, 1844, died Paris October 17, 1937) was a French tenor, then baritone, later a vocal teacher, most famous for creating the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen. After studying in Paris, Lhérie made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in 1866 as Méhul's Joseph. He created the role of Charles II in Massenet's Don César de Bazan in 1872, Kornélis in Camille Saint-Saëns's La princesse jaune in 1872, Benoît in Delibes's Le roi l’a dit in 1873, and Don José in Carmen by Bizet in 1875. Bizet and Lhérie became friends during the preparations for Carmen. They would swim together in the Seine during the singer's visits to the composer's house in Bougival. He became a baritone in 1882, singing Posa in the first performance of the revised version of Verdi's Don Carlos at La Scala, Milan, two years later. He also spent time during the 1880s at Covent Garden in London, where he performed Zurga (in Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Rigoletto, Germont (La Traviata), Luna, and Alphonse (La favorite). He also sang Zurga and other roles in an Italian season at the Théâtre de la Gaîté in 1889. In Rome at the Teatro Costanzi on 31 October 1891, he was the first Rabbi David in
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Johanna Gadski

    Johanna Gadski

    Johanna Gadski (15 June 1872 – 22 February 1932) was a German soprano blessed with a secure, powerful, ringing voice, fine musicianship and an excellent technique. These attributes enabled her to enjoy a top-flight career in New York City and London, performing heavy dramatic roles in the German and Italian repertoires. Gadski was born in Anklam, Prussia. After receiving a musical education in Stettin, she made her operatic debut in Berlin in 1889 in the role of Undine. Highlights of her subsequent career in Germany included appearances in Wagner's works at the 1899 Bayreuth Festival and at the 1905-06 Munich Festival. However, it was in English-speaking countries that Gadski built her international reputation as a diva. She made her successful American debut in New York in 1895 (with the Damrosch Company) and became popular, too, in England. In 1896 she created the role of Hester Prynne in the fully staged premiere of Walter Damrosch's opera The Scarlet Letter in Boston. She sang in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1906. Some sources credit her with appearing at England's Worcester Festival but this is an error. Actually, she sang at
    6.50
    6 votes
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    Annie Louise Cary

    Annie Louise Cary

    Annie Louise Cary (October 22, 1842 – April 3, 1921) was an American singer. She was born in Wayne, Maine, the daughter of Nelson Howard Cary and his wife, Maria Stockbridge. After an early education in the common schools, she attended the female seminary at Gorham, Maine, and graduated in 1862. In 1866, her natural gifts as a singer becoming evident, she went to Italy and studied in Milan with Giovanni Corsi until January 1868. That year, she made her debut in Italian opera as a profundo contralto in Copenhagen under the direction of Achille Lorini. The following summer was spent at Baden-Baden in study with Pauline Viardot, and in the autumn she began an engagement for Italian opera at Stockholm under the direction of Ferdinand Strakosch. After two months, she was engaged to sing at the Royal Swedish Opera, and sang her part in Italian to the Swedish of the other artists. The following summer she spent in Paris, studying with Giovanni Bottesini, a conductor and contra-bassist. In the autumn she went to Brussels to sing in Italian opera, and there made a contract with Messrs. Maurice and Max Strakosch for three years in the United States. In the winter of 1869/70 she studied in
    10.00
    3 votes
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    Ruth Ann Swenson

    Ruth Ann Swenson

    Ruth Ann Swenson (August 25, 1959) is an American soprano who is renowned for her coloratura roles. Born in Bronxville, New York and raised in Commack, New York on Long Island, Swenson studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and briefly at Hartt College of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. In the early 1980s she joined the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera and toured the country as Gilda in Western Opera Theater's Rigoletto. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1983, as Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte. But her breakthrough role was Dorinda the shepherdess in Handel's Orlando opposite mezzo Marilyn Horne. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1991, as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni. In 1993, she won the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award. Swenson has appeared on many opera stages, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Hamburg State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera. Roles she has played include Liù in Turandot, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, the Four Heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann, Elvira in I
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Hariclea Darclée

    Hariclea Darclée (born Hariclea Haricli; June 10, 1860–January 12, 1939) was a celebrated Romanian operatic soprano. She possessed an agile, powerful, and beautiful voice that was wielded with a fine technique. An extremely beautiful woman, Darclée's stage presence was as elegant and refined as her singing. Although universally admired, she displayed a coldness of temperament that at times diminished her conviction in the more passionate verismo repertory. A singer of prodigous talent, her repertoire ranged from coloratura soprano roles to heavier Verdi roles, including many in the Franco-Italian lyric repertory. Throughout her career she participated in several world premieres, including originating the title roles in Puccini's Tosca, Mascagni's Iris, and Catalani's La Wally. Darclée was born in Brăila to a family with Greek roots. Her father, Ion Haricli, was a landlord in the Teleorman district. Her mother, born Aslan, was a relative of the noble Mavrocordatos family. The family lived for a while in the town of Turnu Măgurele in southern Romania. She began her studies at Conservatoire of music in Iaşi, making her professional appearances as a concert performer in 1884. She
    7.20
    5 votes
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    Ruth Packer

    Ruth Packer (22 October 1910, London – 12 January 2005) was an English operatic soprano. In 1939, she made her operatic debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Die Walküre. During World War Two, she appeared frequently with Sadler's Wells Opera and the Carl Rosa Opera Company. After the war, she performed regularly with the newly formed Welsh National Opera. After her retirement from the stage, Packer taught voice at the Royal College of Music, and later privately. Packer married two Welshmen, first the tenor Tudor Davies (1892-1958), and, secondly, Maj. Ynyr Probert. She was twice widowed, and had no children. She died in São Bras de Alportel, Portugal, aged 94.
    8.25
    4 votes
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    Jessye Norman

    • Voice Type: Soprano
    Jessye Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American opera singer. Norman is a well-known contemporary opera singer and recitalist, and is among the most successful performers in classical music. A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles of Sieglinde, Ariadne, Alceste, and Leonore. Jessye Mae Norman was born on September 15, 1945 in Augusta, Georgia to Silas Norman, an insurance salesman, and Janie King-Norman, a school teacher. She was one of five children in a family of amateur musicians; her mother and grandmother were both pianists, her father a singer in a local choir. Norman's mother insisted that she start piano lessons at an early age. Norman attended Charles T. Walker Elementary School, A.R. Johnson Junior High School, and Lucy C. Laney Senior High School, all in downtown Augusta. Norman proved to be a talented singer as a young child, singing gospel songs at Mount Calvary Baptist Church at the age of four. At the age of nine, Norman heard opera for the first time on the radio and was immediately an opera fan. She started listening to recordings of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price whom Norman credits as
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    5 votes
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    Nigel Rogers

    Nigel David Rogers (born 21 March 1935) is an English tenor, conductor, and teacher, who has made numerous recordings, mostly of early music. A native of Wellington, Shropshire, Rogers studied at King's College, Cambridge (he was a choral scholar) from 1953–1956, in Rome in 1957, in Milan from 1958–1959, and with Gerhard Hüsch at the Munich Hochschule für Musik (1959–1961). From 1978 until his retirement he was a professor of singing at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1979 he founded the vocal ensemble Chiaroscuro for the performance of Italian baroque compositions.
    9.33
    3 votes
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    Barbara Bonney

    Barbara Bonney (born April 14, 1956) is an American soprano. Bonney was born in Montclair, New Jersey. As a child she studied piano and cello. When Bonney was 13 her family moved to Maine, where she became part of the Portland Youth Orchestra as a cellist. She spent two years at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) studying German and music including voice with Patricia Stedry, and spent her junior year at the University of Salzburg, where she switched from cello to voice. While there, she studied at the Mozarteum. Years later she received an honorary doctorate from UNH. In 1979, Bonney joined the Darmstadt Opera, where she made her debut as Anna in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor). In the subsequent five years she made appearances throughout Germany and Europe, notably at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and La Scala in Milan. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1987 in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos in the role of Nyade and her Vienna Staatsoper debut the same year as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Since then, she has appeared at the major opera houses of the world and at the Salzburg Festival, where she was Servilia in Mozart's La
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Carmen Monarcha

    Carmen Monarcha

    Carmen Monarcha (born August 27, 1979 in Belém, Pará) is a Brazilian soprano singer. Born into an artistic family in northern Brazil, her father is a writer and her mother a renowned Brazilian singer. She learned from a young age to play the cello and the piano and at first trained to be a concert cellist. However, she began to develop her singing voice and commenced taking lessons in Brazil. During the course of her career in music she became acquainted with fellow Brazilian singer, Carla Maffioletti. After finishing her schooling, she and Maffioletti went to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for further vocal training. While there, Monarcha was hired as a vocalist by orchestra leader André Rieu to tour Europe and the United States with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. She stole many hearts while performing the "Vilja Song" from Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow. She received critical acclaim as a winner at the Bidu Sayão Vocal Competition, a major international singing competition held annually in Brazil that is named in honor of that country's most famous opera singer, Bidú Sayão. When her studies in the Netherlands were complete, Monarcha returned to her native Brazil but was
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    5 votes
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    Faustina Bordoni

    Faustina Bordoni

    Faustina Bordoni (30 March 1697 – 4 November 1781) was an Italian mezzo-soprano. She was born in Venice and brought up under the protection of the aristocratic brother composers Alessandro and Benedetto Marcello. Her singing teacher was another composer, Michelangelo Gasparini. For many years in the service of the Elector Palatine, she made her operatic debut at Venice in 1716 in Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s Ariodante, singing in her home city until 1725 in operas by Albinoni, the Gasparini brothers, Giacomelli, Leo, Orlandini, the Pollarolos, father and son, and Leonardo Vinci, amongst others. In 1718 and 1719 in Venice she sang alongside Francesca Cuzzoni, later to become her great rival. During this period she also performed several times at Reggio nell’Emilia, Naples and Parma, and at least once in Milan, Modena and Florence. After her German début in 1723, singing in Torri’s Griselda at Munich, she was a great favourite north of the Alps during the 1720s, also enjoying great success in Vienna (1725-26). Her nickname was the "new siren", and she was commonly known simply as "Faustina". Her London début, as Rossane in Handel’s Alessandro, took place on 5 May 1726, alongside
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    Walter Midgley

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Walter Midgley (13 February 1913 – 18 September 1980) was an English operatic tenor who sang leading roles at the Royal Opera House and elsewhere from the 1930s to the 1950s. Midgley was born in Bramley, near Rotherham. After leaving school, he worked as a clerk in a steelworks in Sheffield while learning to play musical instruments and sing in choirs during his spare time. In order to earn enough to pay for singing lessons, he formed a dance-band and eventually enrolled in the Sheffield School of Music. He auditioned for the Carl Rosa Opera Company and was engaged as a chorister, subsequently playing small parts and eventually making his debut as a principal in the role of Rodolfo in La bohème. Before World War II, he also sang with the Sadler's Wells company. He also sang with Geraldo on BBC Radio. After the war he became Principal Tenor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, making his debut as Calaf in Turandot. He sang major tenor roles from 1951 to 1953 but left after a difference with the management and never returned. In 1948 during Rigoletto at Covent Garden, while he was singing 'Questa o quella', Walter swallowed his moustache. This incident made newspaper headlines
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    Anne Sofie von Otter

    Anne Sofie von Otter

    • Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
    Anne Sofie von Otter (born 9 May 1955) is a Swedish mezzo-soprano. Von Otter was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her father was the diplomat Göran von Otter and she grew up in Bonn, London and Stockholm. After studying in Stockholm and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she was engaged by the Basel Opera, where she made her operatic début in 1983 as Alcina in Haydn's Orlando paladino. She made her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden début in 1985 and her La Scala debut in 1987. Her Metropolitan Opera début was in 1988 as Cherubino. She has had notable success in roles of Mozart, Handel, and Monteverdi. In recitals, she excels in the music of Mahler, Brahms, Grieg, Wolf and Sibelius. In 2001 she released an album with Elvis Costello, for which she won an Edison Award. Among the conductors she has worked with repeatedly are William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner, and Myung-Whun Chung. Most of her recitals and many of her recordings have been collaborations with Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg. In 2003 Von Otter was awarded a Rolf Schock Prize in the musical arts category. In 2006, von Otter sang the Evangelist in the premiere of Sven-David
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    Bruno Prevedi

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Bruno Prevedi (December 21, 1928, Revere, (Mantua) - January 12, 1988, Milan) was an Italian tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory. Prevedi studied in Mantua with Alberto Sorenisa, and in Milan with Vladimiro Badiali. He made his debut as a baritone in 1958, as Tonio, but quickly retrained himself as a tenor, and made a second debut in 1959, as Turiddu, again at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan. He sang widely in Italy, and made his debut at La Scala in 1962, in Pizzetti's Debora e Jaele. He also appeared in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, London, Buenos Aires. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut on March 6, 1965 as Cavaradossi in Tosca, in five seasons his roles included: Alfredo, Manrico, Riccardo, Alvaro, Don Carlo, and Radames. Bruno Prevedi possessed an attractive spinto tenor voice with superb roundness at the top. He can be heard on a number of recordings for Decca, notably in complete performances of Verdi's Nabucco, opposite Tito Gobbi and Elena Suliotis, in Macbeth, opposite Giuseppe Taddei and Birgit Nilsson, and Medea, opposite Gwyneth Jones, as well as a recital of tenor arias.
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    La Julia Rhea

    La Julia Rhea (1908—1992) was an American operatic soprano, and a pioneering African American figure in Chicago. Rhea was trained in Louisville, Kentucky and later in Chicago. She debuted in Chicago's Kimball Hall in 1929. She continued to make regular concert performances as she studied operatic roles over the next decade. In a 1931 production of Verdi's Aida, Rhea appeared in her first opera performance in the title role aside William Franklin as Amonasro. Both Rhea and Franklin appeared in productions of the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) as well as operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan. (Southern 416) The production of Aida in which Rhea made her operatic debut was organized by the NNOC Guild's as part of Pittsburg's National Association of Negro Musicians annual meeting. Mary Cardwell Dawson organized the event. (529) The Music of Black Americans: A History. Eileen Southern. W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition. ISBN 0-393-97141-4
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    Richard Verreau

    Richard Verreau, OC OQ (January 1, 1926 – July 7, 2005) was a French-Canadian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the French and Italian repertories. Born Richard Verreault, in Chateau-Richer, near Québec City, he began singing as a child in church choir. He studied at the Laval University with Émile Larochelle. In 1949, on a Quebec government scholarship, he went to Paris and studied with Raoul Jobin. He made his debut at the Opéra de Lyon in 1951, where he sang the lead tenor roles in Lakmé, Manon, Mireille, and Les pêcheurs de perles. In Europe, Verreau performed in Belgium, Italy, Austria, and even Russia (then the USSR). He made his debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as the Duke in Rigoletto, in 1957, other roles there included: Alfredo in La traviata, Rodolfo in La bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Back in North America, he appeared regularly with the Opera Guild of Montréal and the Théâtre lyrique de Nouvelle-France. He made his debut at the New York City Opera in 1956, as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, followed by his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Faust (opera), in 1963. He appeared at the San Francisco Opera, as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. He also
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    Barbara Fris

    Barbara Fris

    Barbara Fris (May 10, 1956) is a Canadian soprano and actress who performs as an opera singer, concert artist, and recitalist. She specializes in opera and classical symphonic works for voice, having performed across Canada, in Europe and the United States where she also has sung a wide range of works that include operettas, musical theatre, light classics, lieder, French mélodie, and art songs. Fris was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and began her musical studies at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College (Truro), where she obtained an Associate of Education Diploma and Licentiate as an Early Childhood Music Specialist (1977). She later graduated from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Music (1980) with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) and the University of Toronto Opera Division (1983), where she obtained a Diploma in Opera Performance (Honours) as a scholarship student of the noted Dutch baritone, Bernard Diamant and with the support of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and Canada Council. Ms. Fris completed further post-graduate work at the Accademia dei Rozzi, (Siena Italy) under Maestro Walter Baracchi, former principal coach and conductor at Teatro alla Scala di Milano.
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    Felicity Palmer

    • Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
    Dame Felicity Joan Palmer, DBE (born 6 April 1944, Cheltenham), is an English mezzo-soprano and music professor. She sang soprano roles until 1983. Palmer studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and under Marianne Schech's guidance at the Munich College for Music and Theatre. In April 1970, she won first prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship. She made her operatic debut in 1971 as Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the Kent Opera. In 1973, she made her US debut with the Houston Grand Opera, and in 1975 she made her debut with English National Opera (ENO). Her Metropolitan Opera debut was in 2000 as Waltraute (Götterdämmerung). Palmer has performed and recorded Gilbert and Sullivan operas, as Katisha in The Mikado for the ENO and the Welsh National Opera (WNO), Dame Carruthers in The Yeomen of the Guard (WNO) and Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore (WNO). In 1998, she played Widow Begbick in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In 2003, she performed the role of Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Royal Opera House (the only musical the ROH has ever presented). Palmer is noted for her
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    Célestine Marié

    Célestine Marié

    Célestine Galli-Marié (November 1840 – 22 September 1905) was a French mezzo-soprano most famous for creating the title role in the opera Carmen. She was born Marie-Célestine Laurence Marié de l'Isle in Paris. She was taught singing by her father, Mécène Marié de l'Isle, who also had a successful opera career. Her début came in 1859 in Strasbourg, and she sang in Italian in Lisbon. At the age of fifteen she had married a sculptor named Galli (who died in 1861) and thus took her stage name, Galli-Marié. Émile Perrin, the director of the Opéra-Comique, heard her performing Balfe's The Bohemian Girl at Rouen and brought her to Paris. She sang at the Opéra-Comique until 1885, premiering in Pergolesi's La serva padrona. Her most famous roles were in Thomas's Mignon (1866) and Bizet's Carmen (1875). It was said that at the 33rd performance of Carmen on 2 June 1875, Galli-Marié had a premonition of Bizet's death while singing the cards scene in Act III, and fainted when she left the stage; the composer in fact died that night and the next performance was cancelled due to her indisposition. Undertaking much touring, she performed Carmen in Naples (the Italian premiere) Genoa, Barcelona,
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    Giuseppe De Luca

    Giuseppe De Luca

    Giuseppe De Luca (25 December 1876 – 26 August 1950), was a famous Italian baritone who achieved his greatest triumphs at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He notably created roles in the world premieres of two operas by Giacomo Puccini: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (at La Scala, Milan, 1904) and the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Metropolitan Opera, 1918). De Luca was born in Rome, the son of a blacksmith, and sang in church choirs as a boy. After his voice broke, a wealthy patron paid for him to have singing lessons at the Rome Conservatory, where he studied with two top-class pedagogues, Venceslao Persichini (who also taught De Luca's fellow baritone stars Mattia Battistini and Titta Ruffo) and Antonio Cotogni. He made his operatic debut at Piacenza in 1897, singing Valentin in Gounod's Faust. His debut proved a success and he was invited to sing at a string of more important venues. He appeared at Italy's foremost opera house, La Scala, Milan, from 1902 to 1910, and made his London debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1907. Subsequently, De Luca moved to America where he became a leading baritone at the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years, from 1915 to 1935. (He
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    Joan Hammond

    Joan Hammond

    Dame Joan Hilda Hood Hammond, DBE, CMG (24 May 1912 – 26 November 1996) was an Australian operatic soprano, singing coach and champion golfer. Joan Hilda Hood Hammond was born and baptised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her father, Samuel Hood, was born in England. He married his first wife Edith, then left her and took up with Joan's mother, Hilda Blandford, by whom he also had two sons in England. He informally added Hammond to his name, and they represented themselves as "Mr and Mrs Samuel H. Hammond", although they were not married at the time. Hammond was born in May 1912, not long after the family had arrived in New Zealand. She was only 6 months old when her family moved again, to Sydney, Australia. Her parents finally married in Sydney on 25 May 1927, the day after her 15th birthday, although there is no evidence Samuel's first wife Edith had died by that time, or that they had ever divorced. Hammond attended Pymble Ladies' College and excelled in both sports and music. She was known to her friends as 'Ham'. Hammond studied violin and singing at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. She played violin for three years with the Sydney Philharmonic
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    Plácido Domingo

    Plácido Domingo

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Plácido Domingo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈplaθiðo ðoˈmiŋɡo]; born 21 January 1941), born José Plácido Domingo Embil, is a Spanish tenor and conductor known for his versatile and strong voice, possessing a ringing and dramatic tone throughout its range. As of September 2012 he has sung 140 different roles, and he is scheduled to debut two more new roles in 2013. One of The Three Tenors, he has also taken on conducting opera and concert performances, and he is the general director of the Los Angeles Opera in California. Plácido Domingo was born on January 21, 1941, in the distrito de Retiro section of Madrid, Spain, and in 1949 moved to Mexico with his family, who ran a zarzuela company. He studied piano at first privately and later at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City. In 1957, Domingo made his first professional appearance, performing with his mother in a concert at Mérida, Yucatán. He made his opera debut performing in Manuel Fernández Caballero's zarzuela, Gigantes y cabezudos, singing a baritone role. At that time, he was working with his parents' zarzuela company, taking baritone roles and as an accompanist for other singers. Among his first performances was a
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    Ian Bostridge

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Ian Bostridge CBE (born 25 December 1964) is an English tenor, well known for his performances as an opera singer and as a song recitalist. Bostridge was born on 25 December 1964 to Leslie Bostridge and Lillian (née Clark). He studied at Dulwich College Preparatory School and Westminster School, where he was a Queen's Scholar. He then attended the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, where he achieved a First in modern history and received an M.Phil in the history and philosophy of science. He received his D.Phil from Oxford in 1990, on the significance of witchcraft in English public life from 1650 to 1750, and was a British Academy post-doctoral fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a career as a singer. His book "Witchcraft and its Transformations 1650 to 1750" was published as an Oxford Historical Monograph in 1997. This has been an influential work in the study of the pre-Enlightenment, "achieving that rarest of feats in the scholarly world: taking a well-worn subject and ensuring that it will never be looked at in quite the same way again" (Noel Malcolm, TLS). In 1991 he won the National Federation of Music Societies Award and from 1992 received
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    Doris Soffel

    Doris Soffel

    Doris Soffel (born 12 May, 1948, Hechingen, Germany) is a German mezzo-soprano. Doris Soffel first played the violin, then switched to singing at the Munich Conservatory. She was member of the Stuttgart Opera ensemble from 1973 to 1982. Her international breakthrough was as Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito at the Royal Opera House, London in 1982. She sang Fricka in the Bayreuth Festival 1983 and was the only German coloratura mezzo with an international career, singing in works by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini. She sang world premieres by contemporary composers like Aribert Reimann and Krysztof Penderecki and had performances worldwide of Gustav Mahler's vocal works. From 1994 more dramatic roles like Judith in Béla Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle", Eboli in Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo and Amneris in Verdi's Aïda. Since 1999 she belongs to the most important interpreters of operas by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss (e.g. Ortrud, Kundry, Fricka, Herodias and Amme). In 2007 she sang the female principal part (Marfa) in the Modest Mussorgsky opera Khovanshchina in Munich. She appears on about 60 CDs and several DVDs on the international
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    Luigi Alva

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Luis Ernesto Alva y Talledo, better known as Luigi Alva (born 10 April 1927) is a Peruvian operatic tenor, active in the third quarter of the 20th century. He was admired for his purity of tone, the elegance of his phrasing and the clarity of his diction. A Mozart and Rossini specialist, Alva excelled in roles such as Don Ottavio (in Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (in The Barber of Seville) and Fenton (in Verdi's Falstaff). Born in Lima, Peru, where he studied under Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales, he made his debut in Federico Moreno Torroba's zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. He went to Milan in 1953 and studied under Emilio Ghirardini. Later he would be called by Giulio Comfallonieri to became a "cadet" at the Scuola di Canto (Voice Academy) at La Scala. He made his European debut at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata, following that as Paolino in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto. His debut at the Teatro alla Scala was in 1956 as Count Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. He was soon invited to sing at the most important European festivals and opera houses. At Glyndebourne he made his debut as Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. In 1962 Alva made his
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    Marie Carandini

    Marie Carandini

    Marie Carandini, née Burgess, (1 February 1826 – 13 April 1894) was an English-born opera singer. Carandini was born in Brixton, London, the daughter of James and Martha (Medwin) Burgess and was brought by her parents to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) in 1833. At the age of 17 she married an Italian, Jerome (originally Girolamo) Carandini, the 10th Marquis of Sarzano (1803-1870), who was a political refugee. The Carandinis came to Sydney around 1845 and studied under Isaac Nathan, Sara Flower and Lewis Henry Lavenu. She soon established a reputation as a concert singer and operatic prima donna, both in Sydney and Melbourne, and was a popular favourite in many other centres in Australia. She has the distinction of having been Australia's first Adalgisa in Bellini's opera Norma (1852, Sydney, Royal Victoria Theatre) beside the Norma of Sara Flower. Her husband, having received a pardon from the Italian government, went to Italy in 1870, but died at Modena of gastric fever and inflammation of the lungs soon after his arrival. Madame Carandini continued to sing in concerts for some years in Australia and New Zealand, with visits to the United States and India. In November 1858
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    Clara Novello

    Clara Novello

    Clara Anastasia Novello (10 June 1818 – 12 March 1908) was an acclaimed soprano, the fourth daughter of Vincent Novello, a musician and music publisher, and his wife, Mary Sabilla Hehl. Clara Novello's acclaimed soprano and pure style made her one of the greatest vocalists, alike in opera, oratorio and on the concert stage, from 1833 onwards. In 1843 she married Count Gigliucci, and retired in 1861. Charles Lamb wrote a poem ("To Clara N.") in her praise. Her voice and musical ear were first noticed by her father's pupil Edward Holmes (musicologist), who began to give her lessons before she was five. At the age of 11 her parents took her to Paris to study at the Institution Royale de Musique et Religieuse. She only studied there for one year due to the July Revolution of 1830. By returning home, she was able to participate in her father's musical activities. In 1833, she performed at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester and in 1834 she performed at the Royal Musical Festival at Westminster Abbey. In 1837, she sang Felix Mendelssohn's St. Paul to commemorate the new Birmingham town hall. Mendelssohn then arranged for her to at the Gewandhaus concerts in Leipzig. She went to Milan
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    Francesco Tamagno

    Francesco Tamagno

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Francesco Tamagno (28 December 1850 – 31 August 1905) was an operatic tenor from Italy who sang with enormous success throughout Europe and America. On 5 February 1887, he cemented his place in musical history by creating the role of Otello in Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece of the same name. He is also the earliest Italian tenor to have left a sizeable body of recordings of his voice. The most famous heroic tenor of his age, Tamagno performed in a total of 26 countries, garnering renown for the extreme power of his singing, especially in the upper register. Indeed, music critics often likened the sound of his voice to that of a trumpet or even a cannon. (Italians call this rare type of singer a "tenore robusto" or "tenore di forza".) Tamagno's vocal range extended effortlessly up to a resounding high C-sharp during his prime, but he was no mere 'belter' of high notes; for his recordings provide evidence of his ability, even at career's end, to sing softly when required, modulating the dynamic levels of his clarion instrument with remarkable skill and unexpected sensitivity. Best known as the creator of the protagonist's part in Verdi's Otello at La Scala, Milan in 1887, he also was
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    Victor Braun

    Victor Conrad Braun (August 4, 1935 – January 6, 2001) was a Canadian baritone who had a major international performance career in concerts and operas that lasted more than 40 years. While he was an accomplished performer of the standard opera works of Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, Verdi, and Wagner; he was particularly lauded for his portrayals of works by 20th century composers like Alban Berg, Bartók, Henze, Siegfried Matthus, and Luciano Berio among others. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Braun initially studied geology at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) before deciding to pursue a singing career. While a student at UWO he began studying voice privately with Lillian Wilson in London, Ontario in 1954. In 1956 he entered The Royal Conservatory of Music where he studied singing with George Lambert and Weldon Kilburn. That same year he became a member of the chorus of the Canadian Opera Company (COC). He made his professional solo debut with the company in 1957 as Sciarrone in Puccini's Tosca. He remained committed to the COC for the next five years where he was heard in mainly secondary parts. However, his profile with the company was considerably raised when he gave a much lauded
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    William Franklin

    William Franklin (born 1906 in Memphis, Tennessee) was an opera singer who was considered to be a pioneering African American in the Chicago music scene. William began playing trombone and singing in jazz groups after completing high school. After an auto accident he took up voice and enrolled at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He performed with La Julia Rhea in a 1937 production of Verdi's Aida at the Chicago Civic Opera. Franklin often appeared in other productions of the company and in the operetta performances of Gilbert and Sullivan works.
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    Belle Cole

    Belle Cole

    Belle Cole (1853–1905) was a well-known American contralto. She first achieved success while on a transcontinental tour of the United States with Theodore Thomas in 1883. She later sang in England, performing at The Crystal Palace and many other venues. In 1901, she toured Australia. It is said that musical ability ran in her family. Belle Cole was born Lucetta Belle Weaver Cole to Philander Weaver and Mary Ruth Ann Harford, the ninth of eleven children. She was married to J. Calvin Cole.
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    Charles Castronovo

    Charles Castronovo

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Charles Castronovo (born June 19, 1975), is an American tenor. He is currently in demand internationally as an opera singer. Castronovo was born to a Sicilian father and an Ecuadorian mother in Queens, New York but grew up in Southern California. He attended California State University, Fullerton for undergraduate studies in classical voice. During his time at the university, his talent came to the attention of William Vendice, the chorusmaster of the Los Angeles Opera, who promptly hired him as a chorister. He began his professional career as a resident artist with the Los Angeles Opera. In the summer of 1998 he was a participant in San Francisco Opera's prestigious Merola opera program, and later joined the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. After garnering much experience at the Metropolitan Opera, a series of significant role debuts soon followed such as "Don Ottavio" (Don Giovanni), "Ernesto" (Don Pasquale), "Fenton" (Falstaff), "Ferrando" in Mozart's Così fan tutte, "Tamino" (Die Zauberflöte) and "Alfredo" in Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata. He has sung at many of the world's leading opera houses such as: The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent
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    Patricia Petibon

    Patricia Petibon

    Patricia Petibon (born 27 February 1970) is a French coloratura soprano who has been acclaimed for her interpretations of French Baroque music. Born in Montargis, Loiret, she initially studied plastic arts, then studied at the Conservatoire de Paris after earning a bachelor's degree in musicology, and won the Conservatory's first prize in 1995. Petibon has worked with William Christie; John Eliot Gardiner; Marc Minkowski; Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien; Robert Wilson and even the French rap group Futuristiq. She has recorded the works of Lully, Charpentier, Rameau, Landi, Couperin, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Haydn, Caldara, Bernstein, Barber, Bruno, Dello Joio, Debussy, Mancini, Méhul, Jommelli, Offenbach, Delibes, Poulenc, and Nicolas Racot de Grandval. She made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Olympia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, a role which she has performed several times in France, including an extravagant production by Jérôme Savary at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in 2004. In January 2008 Petibon sang in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites at the Theater an der Wien replacing another singer who fell ill. In July of that year Petibon
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    Poul Bundgaard

    Poul Arne Bundgaard (27 October 1922 – 3 June 1998) was a Danish actor and singer. He is probably best known for his role as the henpecked Kjeld in the Olsen Banden films. In addition to having appeared in a large number of Danish films, Bundgaard starred in a number of operettas in the late 1940s until the 1950s, and worked at the Royal Danish Theatre as a singer between 1958 and 1973; however, he focused mostly on acting later on in his career, partly due to stage fright. He died during the shooting of Olsen Bandens sidste stik and Tommy Kenter was used as stand-in for some of the scenes while Kurt Ravn did his voice.
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    Irma Capece Minutolo

    Irma Capece Minutolo (born 6 August 1935) is an Italian former opera singer who was one of the last companions of King Farouk I of Egypt. In recent years, she has claimed to have been the king's last wife and now uses the name Irma Capece Minutolo Farouk She was born in Naples, Italy, reportedly a daughter of Augusto Capece Minutolo. However, in 1954, according to Time, Capece Minutolo's "right to be called a marchioness was recently disputed when two Italian newsmen declared that her parents were a chauffeur and a janitor's daughter." A trial for slander resulted, though its outcome is unknown. In addition to her opera career, Capece Minutolo appeared in several motion pictures: In 2005, in an interview with Al-Ahram Weekly, Capece Minutolo said that she married Farouk "in the Islamic tradition" when she was 16 and that she was writing a memoir of her life as the king's wife. Published sources such as Time magazine indicate that Capece Minutolo was born in 1935, which would place her supposed marriage at the age of 16 in 1951. That is the same year that the king married his second wife Narriman Sadek. Capece Minutolo also has stated that she and Farouk had been married, at the
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    Kurt Moll

    • Voice Type: Bass
    Kurt Moll (born April 11, 1938) is a German operatic bass, now retired. Moll was born in Buir, near Cologne, Germany. As a child, he played the cello and hoped to become a great cellist. He also sang in the school choir, and the conductor encouraged him to concentrate on singing. He studied voice at the Köln Hochschule für Musik with Emmy Müller. He joined the Cologne Opera at 20 and remained until 1961. He then sang for three years in Mainz and five years in Wuppertal. In 1969, he accepted an engagement with the Hamburg State Opera, and he then sang in all the major opera houses of Europe. He made his US debut with the San Francisco Opera as Gurnemanz in Richard Wagner's Parsifal in 1974. His Metropolitan Opera debut followed four years later, when he sang the Landgraf in Tannhäuser, Rocco in Fidelio, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. From that time he has performed all over the world. He retired from stage in 2006. His last performance was the role of Nachtwächter in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in the Münchner Opern-Festspiele. He continues giving master classes (as of January 2011). He has made innumerable recordings of opera, sacred music, and lieder with many of the great
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    Angelica Catalani

    Angelica Catalani

    Angelica Catalani (1780 – 12 June 1849) was an Italian opera singer, the daughter of a tradesman. Her greatest gift was her voice, a soprano of nearly three octaves in range. Its unsurpassed power and flexibility made her one of the greatest bravura singers of all times. She also worked as a singing teacher. Her pupils included Laure Cinti-Damoreau and Fanny Corri-Paltoni. At Sinigaglia, she was educated at the convent of Santa Lucia at Gubbio, where her soprano voice soon became famous. In 1795 she made her debut on the stage at Venice. For nearly thirty years she sang at all the great houses, receiving very large fees; her first appearance in London being at the Kings Theatre in 1806. She remained in England, a prima donna without a serious rival, for seven years. Then she was given the management of the Opera in Paris, but this resulted in financial failure, due to the incapacity and extravagance of her husband, Captain Valabrégue, whom she married in 1806. In 1827, she visited Sweden, during which she heard Elisabeth Olin and Brita Catharina Lidbeck sing; during her stay, she was inducted as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. Her continental tours continued to be
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    Ljuba Welitsch

    Ljuba Welitsch (Bulgarian: Люба Величкова, born 10 July 1913, Borissovo, Bulgaria - died 1 September 1996, Vienna, Austria) was a celebrated Bulgarian, later Austrian, operatic soprano. She studied singing at Sofia Conservatory with professor Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin. After specializing in Vienna, she first appeared in Sofia in 1936. Engagements followed in Graz, Hamburg, Munich and finally at the Vienna State Opera. Known for her red hair and exuberant vivacity, her most famous role was that of Salome, which she performed under the composer, Richard Strauss, himself in 1944 on his 80th birthday. She sang the same role for her London debut in 1947 and her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera, New York on 4 February 1949. She also sang the title roles of Tosca and Aida, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Minnie in La fanciulla del West and Musetta in La bohème. Her voice was neither creamy nor shrill, possessing a small beat, to which the microphone is kind. This voice was very capable of riding the Straussian orchestra. Welitsch is a unique singer and her uniqueness is quickly established. Where others linger and milk the moment, she presses ahead, testing the ability of conductors to
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    Anna Gottlieb

    Anna Gottlieb

    Maria Anna Josepha Francisca Gottlieb (April 29, 1774 – February 4, 1856) was an Austrian soprano. She was the first Pamina in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. She was born in Vienna, one of four sisters. Her parents were actors, who worked in the German theatre company of the Nationaltheater, and all four sisters were raised to the family trade, working as actresses as children. Anna first acted at the Burgtheater at age five. Shortly after she turned 12 (May 1, 1786), she premiered the role of Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. At fifteen, she appeared in the role of Amande in Paul Wranitzky's Opera Oberon, König der Elfen ("Oberon, King of the Elves"). This production featured in the leading role the soprano Josepha Hofer, who was Mozart's sister-in-law and later premiered the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute. When in 1789 the actor and impresario Emanuel Schikaneder brought his troupe to be the resident company at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Gottlieb became a soprano in the company, singing in various Singspiele. When Mozart composed The Magic Flute for the Schikaneder company, he chose Gottlieb, aged seventeen, for the leading role
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    Blanche Roosevelt

    Blanche Roosevelt

    Blanche Roosevelt (October 2, 1853 - September 10, 1898), was an American opera singer and author. Her father was state Senator Tucker of Wisconsin. Born Blanche Roosevelt Tucker in Sandusky, Ohio (some sources say she was born in Virginia), she traveled to Europe with her mother for vocal studies in Paris and Milan. As Mlle. Rosavella, she made her singing debut at the Royal Italian Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1876 as Violetta in La Traviata. She was the first female American performer to sing Italian opera there. She went on to sing in concerts in Milan, Belgium, Holland, and Paris. She also worked as a special correspondent from Paris in 1875 for newspapers in Chicago and London. Arthur Sullivan heard the soprano while on holiday in the south of France in the summer of 1879. In September 1879, Roosevelt joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and made her debut at the Opera Comique, as a replacement for Josephine during the original run of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. She was then chosen by W. S. Gilbert, Sullivan, and Richard D'Oyly Carte to play Josephine for American audiences in the first authentic D’Oyly Carte Pinafore at New York’s Fifth Avenue Theatre,
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    Carolyn Watkinson

    • Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
    The English mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson (born 19 March 1949) is a well-known singer of baroque music. Watkinson was born in Preston and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and in The Hague. In 1978 she sang Rameau's Phèdre at the English Bach Festival at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1979 she appeared as Monteverdi's Nero with De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. Also in 1979 she was featured as the contralto soloist in Christopher Hogwood's landmark recording of Handel's Messiah, with the Academy of Ancient Music. In 1981 Watkinson made her La Scala debut as in the title role of Ariodante and sang Rossini's Rosina in Stuttgart. She appeared as Gluck's Orfeo with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1982, and made her formal debut at Glyndebourne as Cherubino in 1984. 1987 Watkinson toured Australia. She was a soloist in Bach's St. John Passion at Gloucester Cathedral in a performance shown on BBC TV on Good Friday in 1989. In 1990, she appeared as Purcell's Dido and Aneas at the Salerno Cathedral and sang Nero at the Innsbruck Festival.
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    Hildegard Behrens

    Hildegard Behrens (9 February 1937 – 18 August 2009) was a German soprano with a wide repertoire including Wagner, Weber, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Alban Berg roles. Behrens was born in Varel, Germany in 1937 and was graduated from the University of Freiburg as a junior barrister before becoming serious about her talents as a singer, studying at first with Ines Leuwen at the Freiburg Academy Of Music. Her debut was as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro in Freiburg in 1971 and the following year she became a member of the Deutsche Oper. On 15 October 1976 she made her American debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Giorgetta in Il tabarro. She began her musical career singing small roles at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf where she stayed for six years during which she graduated into bigger roles. Then in the 1975–76 season, while rehearsing Wozzeck, she was "discovered" by Herbert von Karajan, who was then looking for his new Salome. She was summoned to Berlin to audition for the role. Karajan liked what he heard and invited her to portray the role at the 1977 Salzburg Festival. Behrens was the recipient of many awards - among them the highest civilian
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    Rolando Villazón

    Emilio Rolando Villazón Mauleón (born February 22, 1972) is a Mexican tenor. He settled in France and in 2007 became a French citizen. He was raised in Fuentes de Satélite, a suburban area of Greater Mexico City, Mexico. In an interview for Mexican television, Villazón told the story of how he was discovered as a tenor. He said that one day, as he was getting out of the shower in his apartment in Mexico City, somebody came knocking on his door; it was baritone Arturo Nieto, a friend of his neighbour, who had heard him singing while in the shower. He told Rolando he had an amazing voice and invited him to his music academy to develop his voice, there Rolando fell in love with opera. He came to international attention in 1999 when he won both first prizes awarded in the Operalia international competition - both for opera and zarzuela. The same year he sang for the first time in Italy as des Grieux in Manon at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 2000 he appeared for the first time at the Berlin State Opera - as Macduff in Macbeth. Over the years he has presented many of his best roles there, among them José in Carmen and des Grieux in Manon. In Munich in 2000 he sang Rodolfo in La
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    Angelo Manzotti

    Angelo Manzotti is an Italian countertenor or sopranist born in 1971 in Marmirolo, Italy. He began singing in the falsetto register at the age of twelve. He studied at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro and made his debut in August 1989 at the Rossini Opera Festival there. After perfecting his technique with Rodolfo Celletti, he won the 1992 "Luciano Pavarotti" International Competition in Philadelphia. He has developed a special technique where only the front parts of the vocal cords vibrate, and in this way, he is able to avoid having to use the falsetto, obtaining a clear voice, remarkably similar to a woman's voice. His first recording, Arie di Farinelli (Bongiovanni, 1995), was awarded the "Timbre de Platine" by Opéra International.
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    Balbina Steffenone

    Balbina Steffenone

    Balbina Steffenone (also spelled Bina or Steffanone or Steffenoni, 1825–1896) was a 19th century soprano. Born in Turin, Italy, she studied in Bologna under Teresa Bertinotti, debuting as Lucia in Macerata in 1842. After singing across Italy, she spent 1845-47 singing at Covent Garden, then went to North America, where she stayed for seven years. Her appearances ranged from Boston to Mexico City and Havana, where she remained a principal in the company under Giovanni Bottesini around 1850. She sang in the American premiere of Il trovatore at the Academy of Music in New York, sharing the roles of Leonora and Ines in the production. On her return from Cuba in 1855, when she played Lucrezia Borgia in the opera, the New York Times called her "one of the few worth welcoming back again"; but critic Richard Grant White wrote that her voice had deteriorated into "a bewildered shriek". She continued her career in Europe, appearing in Vienna in 1859 and Naples in 1860-61, where she created Errico Petrella's Morosina. She is reported to have retired in 1862, but also to have taken part in the première of Vincenzo Battista's Giovanna di Castiglia at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in 1863. She
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    Durward Lely

    Durward Lely

    Durward Lely (2 September 1852 – 29 February 1944) was a Scottish opera singer primarily known as the creator of five tenor roles in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas, including Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. After studying singing in Italy, Lely began his opera career in 1878, at Her Majesty's Theatre, as Don José in Carmen. After two years of touring in opera, he joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1880, soon becoming their leading tenor. He began there in the role of Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and went on to create five roles in the famous series of Savoy operas. He remained with the company until 1887. After this, Lely resumed a grand opera and concert career, appearing often with Adelina Patti, performing frequently at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and touring with the Carl Rosa Opera Company among others. Late in his career, he appeared in the 1911 film of Rob Roy. Lely outlived nearly all of the singers with whom he had performed at the Savoy Theatre. James Durward Lyall was born in Arbroath, in the County of Angus, Scotland, the son of William Lyall. Lyall senior became factor of Blackcraig Castle near Blairgowrie. He studied singing as a boy. After attending
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    Jane Berbié

    Jane Berbié

    Jane Berbié (born May 6, 1931) is a French mezzo-soprano particularly associated with Mozart and Rossini roles. Berbié was born Jeanne Bergougne, in Villefranche-de-Lauragais, Haute-Garonne, France, and studied piano and voice at the Music Conservatory in nearby Toulouse. She made her professional operatic debut at the Capitole de Toulouse in 1954, as Nicklause in Les contes d'Hoffmann. She sang throughout France in the standard mezzo roles of the French repertory, such as Siebel in Faust, Urbain in Les Huguenots, the title role in Mignon and Carmen, etc. She made her debut at the Paris Opéra in 1959, as Concepcion in L'Heure espagnole, and the same year at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, as the sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. Berbié also enjoyed a successful career abroad, appearing at La Scala in Milan, The Royal Opera House in London, the festivals of Glyndebourne and Salzburg, the Liceu in Barcelona, etc. She sang Maffio Orsini at Carnegie Hall in New York, in the famous 1965 concert version of Lucrezia Borgia, opposite Montserrat Caballé as Lucrezia, and countryman Alain Vanzo as Gennaro. Berbié was especially appreciated in Mozart roles, such as Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro,
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    Rosa Maria Pascarella

    Rosa Maria Pascarella is an American mezzo-soprano. She has appeared with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, the Chicago Opera Studio, and other companies. She has performed in Cleveland and many other cities. She is currently studying with Laura Brooks Rice. She is married to lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani.
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    Sari Barabas

    Sari Barabas

    • Voice Type: Soprano
    Sári Barabás (14 March 1914 – 16 April 2012) was a Hungarian operatic soprano, particularly associated with coloratura roles. Sári Barabás was born in Budapest. She planned to be a dancer, but after an injury she turned to singing. She studied in Budapest with Frau Speckler, and made her debut at the Budapest Opera in 1939, as Gilda in Rigoletto. World War II interrupted her career. After the war, she appeared at the Zurich Opera and the Vienna Volksoper, and then joined the Munich State Opera in 1949, where she remained until 1971, she was also a regular guest at the Vienna State Opera, where she established a reputation as a soprano of agility and glamorous personality. She made guest appearances as Gilda, at the Royal Opera House in London, and at the Glyndebourne Festival, where she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Adele in Le comte Ory, and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos to great acclaim. She made her American debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1950, as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She also sang operetta, and enjoyed considerable success in London in 1969, in a revival of the musical The Great Waltz. She retired from the stage in 1973. Barabás
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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky

    Dmitri Hvorostovsky

    • Voice Type: Baritone
    Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky PAR (Дмитрий Александрович Хворостовский, born 16 October 1962), is a leading baritone opera singer from Russia. Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. He studied at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts under Yekatherina Yofel and made his debut at Krasnoyarsk Opera House, in the role of Marullo in Rigoletto. He went on to win First Prize at both the Russian Glinka Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988. Hvorostovsky came to international prominence in 1989 when he won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, beating local favorite Bryn Terfel in the final round. His performance included Handel's "Ombra mai fu" and "Per me giunto...O Carlo ascolta" from Verdi's Don Carlo. His international concert recitals began immediately (London debut, 1989; New York 1990). His operatic debut in the West was at the Nice Opera in The Queen of Spades (1989). In Italy he debuted at La Fenice as Eugene Onegin, a success that sealed his reputation, and made his American operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (1993) in La traviata. He has since sung at virtually every major opera house, including the Metropolitan Opera
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    Louis Quilico

    Louis Quilico, CC (January 14, 1925 – July 15, 2000) was a Canadian opera singer. One of the leading dramatic baritones of his day, he was an ideal interpreter of the great Italian and French composers, especially Giuseppe Verdi. He was often referred to as "Mr Rigoletto" in reference to the Verdi opera. During his 45 year long career he shared performing credits with opera's greatest stars. He spent 25 consecutive years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. After his retirement from the stage in 1998 he continued to perform and record, most often with his wife, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, with whom he made 4 CDs. The couple also toured together extensively in concerts until Quilico's death in 2000 in Toronto, Canada. Louis Quilico was born in Montreal, Quebec, of an Italian father and a French-Canadian mother. He studied singing as a youth with Frank H. Rowe in his native Montreal while singing as a solo chorister in a church choir. After winning a prize in 1947, at the urging of the pianist and vocal coach Lina Pizzolongo (who was to become his first wife in 1949), he continued his studies in Italy, studying at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with
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    Alice Guszalewicz

    Alice Guszalewicz

    Alice Guszalewicz (September 21, 1879 – October 26, 1940) was a Hungarian dramatic soprano. Guszalewicz was born in Budapest, and in 1896, at the age of seventeen, married opera singer Eugen Guszalewicz. She studied with her husband and made her debut in 1903 at the Theater of Bern, in Switzerland. In 1905, she sang at the Cologne Opera as the Queen of Sheba in La reine de Saba by Gounod, and as Isolde in Wagner's masterpiece. Shortly after her role in Tristan, she was offered a six year contract to sing in Cologne. Guszalewicz continued to sing in Cologne until 1916 and toured throughout Europe. She also sang in several operas and gave recitals in Karlsruhe (1906), Düsseldorf (1907), Bremen (1908) and Dresden (1908). In Dresden at the Semperoper, she performed the title role in Salome for the first time. Her interpretation of Salome caused a sensation. She performed at the Leipzig Opera (1908), at the Vienna State Opera (1910 in the role of Salome), at the Berlin State Opera (1911 as Brünnhilde and as Isolde), as well as in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. In 1905, she sang the lead role in Isidore de Lara's opera Messaline in Cologne, which was a great success for her. The opera had
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    Astra Desmond

    Astra Desmond

    Astra Desmond CBE (10 April 1893 – 16 August 1973) was a British contralto of the early and middle twentieth century. Astra Desmond was born Gwendolyn Mary Thompson, in Torquay, England. She was educated at Notting Hill High School and Westfield College, where she was a classical scholar. She studied singing with Blanche Marchesi (as did her colleague Muriel Brunskill) and Louise Trenton and in Berlin with Ernst Grezebach and Conrad von Bos. Desmond's career was mostly in concert and recital, but she made some operatic appearances. A 1916 review of the Carl Rosa Opera Company described her as a new singer of great promise. At Sadler's Wells she sang Delilah and Carmen and at Covent Garden, Ortrud and Fricka. In recital, Desmond was noted for her performances of songs by Edvard Grieg about which she wrote a 25-page article in Music and Letters in 1941, reprinted in Grieg. A Symposium, ed. Gerald Abraham. She also made a number of singing translations of Grieg's songs, published by Augener. For her work in this field she was awarded the Order of St. Olav by the Norwegian government. Her interpretation of Jean Sibelius's songs was also admired. On 5 October 1938 Desmond was one of the
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    Charles Bressler

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Charles Bressler (April 1, 1926 – 1996) was an American tenor. He was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania and studied at Juilliard. He became a founding member of the New York Pro Musica, with which he toured from 1953-1963. He has taught at the Manhattan School of Music.In 1956 he appeared in "The Lark", starring Julie Harris, at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. He is noted for his performances of early music. He also made a number of important recordings with Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony, notably the Vanguard recording of the Berlioz Requiem. In addition, he appeared on the Los Angeles Philharmonic recording of Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signore along with Marilyn Horne, Marie Gibson, and the Roger Wagner Chorale, conducted by Alfred Wallenstein.
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    Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby

    Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby

    Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby (17 May 1821 - 18 February 1885), was an English contralto. She was born in London, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1832 to 1837, Domenico Crivelli being her principal singing-master. In 1837 she was elected to a King's scholarship, and first appeared at a Royal Philharmonic Society concert in 1841. In October 1845 she sang at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, through the influence of Mendelssohn, who had been delighted by her singing in St Paul. The contralto music in his Elijah was written for her voice, but she did not appear in that work until the performance at Exeter Hall on 16 April 1847. She was a principal soloist in the first English performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, directed by William Sterndale Bennett at the Hanover Square Rooms London on 6 April 1854. She married the violinist Prosper Sainton in 1860, and in 1870 she retired from the career of a public singer, but two years afterwards started a vocal academy in London. She made various successful attempts as a composer, and the cantatas The Legend of St Dorothea (1876), The Story of the Faithful Soul (1879), and Florimel (1885), enjoyed considerable success. Her last public
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    Julia Claussen

    Julia Claussen

    Julia Claussen (June 11, 1879 – May 1, 1941) was a Swedish mezzo-soprano. A native of Stockholm, Claussen was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in that city; she also studied at the Royal Academy in Berlin. She made her debut in La favorita in Stockholm on January 19, 1903, and remained with the Royal Swedish Opera for nine seasons. She sang at Covent Garden and in Paris, and appeared in Chicago in 1913. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut, as Delilah, on November 23, 1917. Claussen remained with the company until her retirement in 1932, whereupon she returned to Stockholm. She also sang with the Philadelphia Civic Opera Company in the 1920s. She died in Stockholm in 1941. David Ewen, Encyclopedia of the Opera
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    Kallen Esperian

    Kallen Esperian, born in Barrington, Illinois on (1961-06-08) June 8, 1961 (age 50), is an Armenian-American lyric soprano. After earning her degree at the University of Illinois, Kallen Esperian went on to win the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in 1985. She made her debut in Philadelphia as Mimi in La Bohème in 1986 and subsequently appeared in the film, Distant Harmony while in China with Pavarotti. Since then she has sung at most of the world's important opera houses and has specialised in Italian opera and especially in Verdi roles. Esperian has appeared with Pavarotti in his annual concert, Pavarotti Plus, in 1991 at Lincoln Center and in 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. These concerts have been televised and have been released internationally on CD and video. In 1991, she partnered Pavarotti in Verdi's Luisa Miller at the Met and in 1993, she appeared in the Met Gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pavarotti and Placido Domingo at the house. She sang Desdemona to Pavarotti's Otello and Leonora in Il Trovatore with Pavarotti and Domingo both singing Manrico. She also sang Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly in 2004, a role she first performed for the
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    Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld

    Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld (July 2, 1836 – July 21, 1865) was a German Heldentenor and the creator of the role of Tristan in Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde. His promising career was curtailed by a serious illness which killed him at the age of 29, after only four performances in the role of Tristan. Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld was born in Munich, a son of the famous painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Later, he became a pupil of Kreuzschule in Dresden, home of the Dresdner Kreuzchor (choir). This may have influenced his decision not to follow the family tradition of becoming a professional painter but to study singing instead, and he took voice lessons at the Leipzig Conservatory. He made his début in 1858 at Karlsruhe. By 1860, he had also sung at the Semperoper in Dresden and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, appearing in Bellini's Norma and Weber's Der Freischütz. He soon gained fame as an intelligent and dedicated singer, with a strong voice especially suited to operatic works by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. In 1860, Schnorr married the Danish-born soprano Malvina Garrigues, who was ten years his senior and who reduced her own appearances on stage in
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    Malcolm Donnelly

    Malcolm Douglas Donnelly AM (born 8 February 1943 in Sydney). is an Australian baritone opera singer. Donnelly studied with Marianne Mathy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and with Vida Harford in London. His career started with the Elizabethan Trust Opera. From there he travelled to London for further study, joining the Scottish Opera in 1971. From 1981 to 1985 he was a member of the English National Opera. During 1984 Malcolm Donnelly returned to Australia, debuting with the Australian Opera in 1985. Since returning to Australia Donnelly has provided Master classes to young singers in Sydney. In 2002, he created the roles of Commissioner/Judge in the world premiere of Moya Henderson's opera Lindy. On 26th January 2005 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours. His citation reads "For service to the performing arts as an operatic baritone and to the education and mentoring of young singers."
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    Thomas Hampson

    Thomas Hampson

    Thomas Hampson (born June 28, 1955, Elkhart, Indiana) is an American lyric baritone. Thomas Hampson grew up in Spokane, Washington. He studied with Marietta Coyle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Martial Singher, and Horst Günther. In 1980 he took the second prize at the 's-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition, and in 1981 first place in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. In 1992, Hampson earned a BA degree in Government from Eastern Washington University. He also studied at the Music Academy of the West. As the protégé of Leonard Bernstein, Hampson recorded Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with him for Deutsche Grammophon, a recording that is widely appreciated. After this and up to the time of the conductor's death, Thomas Hampson contributed to many major Bernstein recordings. Today considered one of America's leading baritones, Hampson's operatic repertoire spans a wide range of roles: the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Figaro in Rossini's Barber of Seville, Germont in Verdi's La traviata and more recently also Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal and Scarpia
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    Yvonne Kenny

    Yvonne Kenny AM (born 25 November 1950) is an Australian soprano, particularly associated with Handel and Mozart roles. Born in Sydney, she first studied at the University of Sydney in science, hoping to become a biochemist, but decided to pursue a career in music instead. She studied first with Myra Lambert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and later won a scholarship to study at the opera school at La Scala in Milan. After a year of study there she went to England, where after a few recitals and TV appearances, her breakthrough came on 11 October 1975, when she replaced, with only four days' notice, the soprano scheduled to sing in an Opera Rara concert performance of Donizetti's Rosmonda d'Inghilterra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It was a triumph and the virtually unknown Kenny became an overnight star. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House the following year, in the premiere of Hans Werner Henze's We Come to the River, later singing in Handel operas such as: Semele, Alcina, Giulio Cesare, and such Mozart operas as: Idomeneo, Mitridate, re di Ponto, La clemenza di Tito, The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute. She also sang Sophie in both Werther and Der
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    Christina Nilsson

    Christina Nilsson

    Christina Nilsson, Countess de Casa Miranda, (20 August 1843 - 20 November 1921) was a Swedish operatic soprano. She possessed a brilliant bel canto technique and was considered a rival to the Victorian era's most famous diva, Adelina Patti. Nilsson became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1869. Christina Nilsson was born Kristina Jonasdotter in the village of Sjöabol, near Växjö, Småland, to the peasants Jonas Nilsson and Cajsa-Stina Månsdotter. From her earliest years, she demonstrated vocal talent. She taught herself to play on the violin and flute, and sang in the peasants' fairs in Sweden with her brother. She was discovered by a prominent civil servant when, aged 14, she was performing at a market in Ljungby. He soon became her patron, enabling her to have vocal training. She was a pupil of Franz Berwald for two years. In 1860 she gave concerts in Stockholm and Uppsala. After four years' study in Paris, she had her operatic début 1864 as Violetta in Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris. After this success she sang at major opera houses in London, Saint Petersburg, Vienna and New York. She also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's
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    Ernst Haefliger

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Ernst Haefliger (8 July 1919 – 17 March 2007) was a Swiss tenor. Haefliger was born in Davos, Switzerland and studied at the Zürich Conservatory. He studied with Fernando Capri in Geneva and Julius Patzak in Vienna. In 1943 Haefliger sang for the first time the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion in Zurich. After this debut he was engaged for several concerts in Switzerland and – after World War II – abroad. He soon won the attention of Ferenc Fricsay, who engaged him for the Salzburg Festival where Haefliger's world career started in 1949 with the role of Terasias in Carl Orff's opera Antigonae. In 1952 he responded to the call of Ferenc Fricsay and joined him at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he sang the tenor parts in all Mozart operas, in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Le comte Ory, in Hans Pfitzner's Palestrina, the part of Hans in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, as well as many other tenor parts. He had a lengthy and extensive international career and recorded many oratorios and operas. From 1971 to 1988, he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. Haefliger made his Boston debut in 1965 for the Peabody Mason Concert series. Haefliger also gave
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    Giovanni Martinelli

    Giovanni Martinelli

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Giovanni Martinelli (22 October 1885 – 2 February 1969) was a celebrated Italian operatic tenor. He was particularly associated with the Italian lyric-dramatic repertory, although he performed French operatic roles to great acclaim as well. Martinelli was one of the most famous tenors of the 20th century, enjoying a long career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and appearing at other major international theatres. Martinelli was born in Montagnana, Veneto. After service as a clarinetist in a military band, he studied with Giuseppe Mandolini in Milan, and made his professional debut at the Teatro Dal Verme, as Ernani in 1910. The role of Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West became his passport role, he sang it for his debut in Rome (under Toscanini), Brescia, Naples, Genoa, all in 1911, as well as in Monte Carlo and La Scala, in 1912. Cavaradossi in Tosca, was his debut role at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London, and for his first American engagement in Philadelphia, in 1913. On 25 April 1913 he portrayed Pantagruel in the world premiere of Jules Massenet's Panurge at the Théâtre de la Gaîté in Paris. Martinelli's New York Metropolitan Opera debut took place on
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    Malena Ernman

    Malena Ernman

    Sara Magdalena "Malena" Ernman (born November 4, 1970, Uppsala, Sweden) is a Swedish opera singer (coloratura mezzo-soprano). Ernman is a versatile artist in her field, who outside the world of opera and operettas also has performed chansons, cabaret, jazz, appeared in musicals and she is a performer who's declared that she's very much attracted to the attributes of varité theatre and small, intimate stage rooms. Ernman represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia. Malena Ernman is a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Ernman spent her childhood and school years in Sandviken, a small town known in Sweden for producing many musical artists, mainly in jazz. Ernman was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, the Music Conservatory in Orléans, France and at the school of the Royal Swedish Opera. Ernman is married to actor Svante Thunberg. They have two daughters, Greta and Beata. Ernman has sung Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Staatsoper Berlin/Daniel Barenboim), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini (Staatsoper Berlin, Royal Opera Stockholm, Finnish National Opera), the title role in Carmen (Royal Opera Stockholm), Kaja in
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    Semiha Berksoy

    Semiha Berksoy (Çengelköy, Istanbul, 1910 – August 15, 2004) was one of the first Turkish opera singers, the prima donna of the Turkish opera, a painter, and an internationally acclaimed artist. She studied painting at the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts and singing at the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory. Berksoy started her acting career the role of Semiha in the first Turkish sound movie İstanbul Sokaklarında directed by Muhsin Ertuğrul in 1931. She was cast in operettas in Istanbul theaters early in her career. She sang in the first Turkish opera Özsoy in 1934 (commissioned by Kemal Atatürk, composed by Adnan Saygun). She was honoured as the First Turkish Opera Singer and awarded with the opportunity to go to Berlin Music Academy for further training. She started her international singing career in 1934, performing in Turkey, Germany and Portugal, becoming known as a Wagnerian soprano. In 1939, for the 75th birthday of Richard Strauss in Berlin, she sang the role of Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, becoming the first Turkish prima donna to perform on stage in Europe. Back in Turkey she worked with Carl Ebert helping him in his efforts to create the Turkish State Opera and Ballet.
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    Stephanie Blythe

    Stephanie Blythe is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer. Blythe graduated from Monticello High School in 1987 and the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1992. She was the recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award in 1999. SUNY Potsdam awarded her the degree of Doctor of Music honoris causa in 2006. In 1996, Blythe's career was transformed, standing in for Marilyn Horne at the Metropolitan opera as Mistress Quickly in "Falstaff." Her breakthrough performance came three years later when she sang Cornelia in Handel's Giulio Cesare. Blythe starred in the world premiere of the opera The Sailor-Boy and the Falcon, performed by the Crane School of Music Opera Ensemble in November 2006. The opera was written by two SUNY Potsdam professors (music by Paul Siskind and libretto by Alan Steinberg) and was performed at the Crane School's Sara M. Snell Theater. The opera is based on The Sailor-Boy's Tale by Isak Dinesen. In the 2007/08 season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ms. Blythe has sung supporting roles in both Un Ballo in Maschera and Die Walkure. In each, she has stolen the show with ovations exceeding those given to the singers of
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    Enrico Caruso

    Enrico Caruso

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Enrico Caruso (Italian pronunciation: [enˈriːko kaˈruːzo]) (February 25, 1873 – August 2, 1921) was an Italian tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and North and South America, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads. Caruso's 1904 recording of "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci was the first sound recording to sell a million copies. Caruso's 25-year career, stretching from 1895 to 1920, included 863 appearances at the New York Metropolitan Opera before he died from a lung infection at the age of 48. Thanks in part to his tremendously popular phonograph records, Caruso was one of the most famous personalities of his day and his fame has lasted into the present time. Caruso is an early example of a global media celebrity, made possible in the 20th Century by new media technology. Beyond records, Caruso's name was made familiar to millions through newspapers,
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    Francesca Cuzzoni

    Francesca Cuzzoni

    Francesca Cuzzoni (2 April 1696 – 19 June 1778) was an Italian operatic soprano of the Baroque era. Cuzzoni was born in Parma. Her father, Angelo, was a professional violinist, and her singing teacher was Francesco Lanzi. She made her debut in her home city in 1714, singing in La virtù coronata, o Il Fernando by an unknown composer. In 1716-17 she sang at Bologna in operas by Bassani, Buini, Gasparini and Giuseppe Maria Orlandini. By the 1717-18 season she had been appointed virtuosa da camera ("chamber soloist") to Violante Beatrice, Grand Princess of Tuscany, performing at Florence, Siena, Genoa, Mantua, and Reggio nell'Emilia in operas by Orlandini and Carlo Francesco Pollarolo, and in Vivaldi's Scanderbeg . She also made her Venetian debut in 1718, singing the role of Dalinda in Pollarolo's Ariodante, in which, for the first time, she appeared on the same stage as Faustina Bordoni, later her great rival. They also sang together in Venice the following year in Michelangelo Gasparini's Il Lamano, and in Il pentimento generoso by Stefano Andrea Fiorè, in which the redoubtable duo were joined by the famous castrato Antonio Maria Bernacchi. Having appeared at Florence and Milan
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    Marietta Alboni

    Marietta Alboni

    • Voice Type: Contralto
    Marietta Alboni (6 March 1826 – 23 June 1894) was a renowned Italian contralto opera singer. Together with the charismatic Maria Malibran, she was considered the greatest deeper-voiced female singer of the nineteenth century. Alboni was born at Città di Castello, in Umbria. She became a pupil of Antonio Bagioli of Cesena, Emilia–Romagna, and later of the composer Gioachino Rossini, when he was 'perpetual honorary adviser' in (and then the principal of) the Liceo Musicale, now Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini, in Bologna. Rossini tested the humble thirteen-year-old girl himself, had her admitted to the school with special treatment, and even procured her an early engagement to tour his Stabat Mater around Northern Italy, so that she could pay for her studies. After she obtained her diploma and made a modest debut in Bologna, in 1842, as "Climene" in Pacini’s Saffo, she obtained a triennial engagement thanks to Rossini's influence on the impresario Bartolomeo Merelli, Intendant at both Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Vienna’s Imperial Kärntnertortheater. The rich contract was signed by Rossini himself, "on behalf of Eustachio Alboni", father of Marietta, who was still a minor.
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    Warren Coleman

    Warren Coleman (1901–1968) was an American operatic baritone. He created the roles of Crown in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and the role of John Kumalo in Weill's Lost in the Stars, in the premiere of both shows on Broadway. Coleman was regularly seen on the Broadway stage from 1934 until 1950. In addition to Lost in the Stars and two productions of Porgy and Bess, Coleman also starred in Roll, Sweet Chariot, Sing Out the News and Anna Lucasta.
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    Maria Ewing

    Maria Louise Ewing (born 27 March 1950) is an American opera singer who has sung both soprano and mezzo soprano roles. She is noted as much for her acting as her singing. Ewing was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of four daughters. Her mother, Hermina M. (née Veraar), was Dutch, and her father, Norman I. Ewing, was an American of Sioux Native American, Scottish, and African-American ancestry. She studied in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Ewing made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Her first European performance was at La Scala, Milan as Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. Her repertoire includes Carmen, Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Salome, Marie in Berg's Wozzeck and Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Ewing is particularly well known for her sensitive interpretation of the title role in Richard Strauss's Salome, where Oscar Wilde's stage directions for the original play specify that, at the end of the so-called Dance of the Seven Veils, Salome lies naked at Herod's feet. Ewing appeared fully nude at the end of this sequence, in contrast to other singers who have used body stockings. She also sang and
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    Martin Dillon

    Martin Dillon

    Martin Dillon (b. Portsmouth, Ohio, June 17, 1957 - d. Randolph, Vermont August 21, 2005) was a United States born musician, operatic tenor, and professor of music at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. Dillon was very successfully active in attempting to revive German-Jewish composer and pianist, Robert Kahn's lost music. His efforts were internationally recognised by the musical and academic community. He made two acclaimed recordings dedicated to Kahn's music, Jungbrunnen (Fountain of Youth) and Der Liebe Macht (The Power of Love). Both recordings were world premiers. Dillon died before the recording of the third CD which was near completion. Dillon was a world renowned lyric tenor and musician who had performed several times at the Carnegie Hall in New York. He performed over 40 roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. He was given the title of Honorary Captain of Police by the New Jersey Police Department in 2001 for his service to the community. Dillon died about 12 hours after his August 20, 2005 concert at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, unexpectedly, due to cardiac arrest. He is survived by his domestic partner, parents, two brothers and a sister.
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    Adele Addison

    Adele Addison (born July 24, 1925, Springfield, Massachusetts) is an African American lyric soprano who was an acclaimed figure in the classical music world during the 1950s and 1960s. Although she did appear in several operas, Addison spent most of her career performing in recital and concert. Her performances spanned a wide array of literature from the Baroque period to contemporary compositions. She is best remembered today as the singing voice for Bess (played by Dorothy Dandridge) in the 1959 movie Porgy and Bess. Addison can be heard on numerous recordings, of which her baroque music recording are perhaps her best work. Known for her polished and fluent tone, Addison made a desirable baroque vocal artist. Many of her recordings were made with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Leonard Bernstein. Addison began studying voice seriously as a teenager and, following high school, won a scholarship to study at Westminster Choir College. Further scholarships enabled her to pursue graduate studies at Princeton University and at summer sessions at the Berkshire Music School at Tanglewood. At Tanglewood she studied with Boris Goldovsky. Addison made her professional recital
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    Irmgard Seefried

    Irmgard Seefried (9 October 1919 – 24 November 1988) was a distinguished German soprano who sang opera and lieder. Maria Theresia Irmgard Seefried was born in Köngetried, near Mindelheim, Bavaria, Germany, the daughter of educated Austrian-born parents. She studied at Augsburg University before making her debut in Aachen as the priestess in Verdi's Aida in 1940. She began to sing the leading parts in 1942 by singing the part of Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz in 1942, and the next year she made her debut at Vienna State Opera by singing the part of Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Karl Böhm. From then on, she remained with the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera until her retirement in 1976. She sang at the Salzburg Festival every year from 1946 to 1964 (except 1955, 1961 and 1962) in operas (Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Marzelline in Fidelio, and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos), concerts and recitals. She appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London from 1947 to 1949, and also La Scala in Milan, the Edinburgh Festival, etc. She made her Metropolitan
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    Marcel Journet

    Marcel Journet

    Marcel Journet (July 25, 1868 – September 7, 1933), was a French, bass, operatic singer. He enjoyed a prominent career in England, France and Italy, and appeared at the foremost American opera houses in New York City and Chicago. Journet was born in the town of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, and studied at the Paris Conservatory. He made his operatic debut at Montpellier in 1891. Journet went on to sing a wide range of roles in operas by Richard Wagner and major French and Italian composers during a distinguished, 40-year career. The Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden, Milan's La Scala, the Paris Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera, were some of the famous venues graced by Journet's presence during the first quarter of the 20th century. Arturo Toscanini was just one of the celebrated conductors under whose baton he performed. His on-stage colleagues included such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Luisa Tetrazzini, Enrico Caruso, Giovanni Martinelli, Titta Ruffo, Giuseppe De Luca and Feodor Chaliapin. Journet died in Vittel, of kidney failure, aged 66. He possessed a beautiful, cultured voice and a fine technique—hitting the absolute peak of his powers as a singer and an
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    Maria Bieşu

    Maria Bieşu

    Maria Bieşu (August 3, 1935 – May 16, 2012) was a Moldovan opera singer. Debuting in 1961, she eventually went on to become the chief vocalist of the Chişinău Opera and Ballet Theater. Her artistic excellence brought her international recognition and invitations to sing in other countries, including Italy, where she performed at the Milan Opera from 1965 to 1967. Bieshu, was born in Volintiri, into a peasant family where everyone loved to sing. Within the walls of her native home the future singer acquired a natural style of singing with an easy breath which led specialists to later talk of Bieshu’s innate voice training. While studying in school, and then at the agricultural technical college, Maria began to perform at amateur concerts, but the singer did not think about a profession. However, pedagogues at the Kishinev Conservatory and the Minister of Culture himself, after hearing Maria sing at an amateur arts festival, sent her to study at the conservatory in 1955. During her studies at the conservatory Maria Bieshu worked as a soloist in the country’s popular orchestra of Moldavian folk music – Fluieraş. But the opera stage attracted her. After finishing the conservatory in
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    Matti Salminen

    Matti Salminen

    Matti Salminen (born 7 July 1945, in Turku) is a Finnish operatic bass singer, who has sung at all of the most important opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan and Bayreuth Festival. Salminen is distinguished by an imposing figure and height; an enormous, sonorous and dark voice; and an expressive face. According to one reviewer, in his prime Salminen was "... simply the largest bass voice in captivity. It is not just its roar in powering over Wagner's maximum orchestra, but the way he carves the sonority and forms the color." He performed as Fafner and Hagen in the PBS video broadcast Ring Cycle from the Metropolitan Opera, for the largest viewing-audience of the Ring in history. He sang in the premiere of Sallinen’s Kuningas Lear in 2000 (King Lear, title role), and Jukka Linkola's Robin Hood in 2011 (Sheriff). Salminen has a contract at the Zurich Opera, and he also frequently performs in his native Finland. Most of all he has been admired in such Wagner roles as Daland (The Flying Dutchman), Gurnemanz and Titurel (Parsifal), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Fasolt and Fafner (Das Rheingold / Siegfried), Hunding (Die Walküre), and Hagen (Götterdämmerung). At the
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    Nancy Gustafson

    Nancy Gustafson (June 27, 1956 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American opera singer. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1978 and her M.Mus. from Northwestern University. She has appeared in numerous productions at venues both in the United States (including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera) and in Europe (including Milan's La Scala, London's Covent Garden, and the Paris Opera). She has performed with Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Joan Sutherland in numerous productions. In Vienna, Austria, she was honored with the title Kammersängerin by the Vienna State Opera. In 2005 in London, she appeared in the world premiere of the opera 1984, based upon the famous novel by George Orwell. In 2006, she was appointed artist-in-residence at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.
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    Abbie Mitchell

    Abriea "Abbie" Mitchell Cook (25 September 1884 – 16 March 1960), also billed as Abbey Mitchell, was an American soprano opera singer who sang the role of "Clara" in the premier production of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in 1935. Mitchell was the daughter of an African-American mother and a Jewish-German father from New York City's Lower East Side. She was reared by a maternal aunt, Alice Payne, in Baltimore, Maryland, where she attended a convent school. After finishing her school education in Baltimore, she started studying voice in New York in 1897. The next year composer Will Marion Cook and lyricist Paul L. Dunbar cast her in their musical comedy Clorindy; or, the Origin of the Cakewalk. It was so successful that it ran for the whole season at the Casino Roof Garden. She married Cook a year later, and appeared in the lead role in his Jes Lak White Folks (1899). She also appeared in his production The Southerners (1904). Cook and Mitchell had a daughter, Marion Abigail Cook, in 1900, and a son, Will Mercer Cook, in 1903. Their daughter, raised by family members as had been Mitchell herself, married dancer Louis Douglas. Their son became a professor at Howard University and
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    Edward Matthews

    Edward Matthews (1904–1954) was a pioneering African American opera singer. In 1934, he created the role of "Ignatius of Loyola" in Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts, which he reprised in the 1952 revival of the opera - his last appearance on Broadway. In 1935, he created his most famous role - Jake, the fisherman, in the original 1935 production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Here, he introduced the song A Woman Is a Sometime Thing. He recreated the role in the 1942 revival of the opera, and in the 1951 3-LP album set - the most complete recording of Porgy and Bess made up to that time.
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    Elly Ameling

    Elly Ameling

    Elisabeth Sara "Elly" Ameling (born 8 February 1933) is a Dutch soprano. Ameling was born in Rotterdam. She studied with Bodi Rapp, Jo Bollekamp, Sem Dresden and Jacoba Dresden-Dhont and later French art song with Pierre Bernac. She won the first prize during the Vocal Concours in 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland (1956) and the Concours International de Musique in Geneva (1958). After her professional début as a concert singer in Rotterdam in 1953, she performed for more than forty years in virtually every major cultural centre in the world. Her frequent appearances with the leading international orchestras and conductors (Bernard Haitink, Rafael Kubelík, Carlo Maria Giulini, Benjamin Britten, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Karl Münchinger, André Previn, Edo de Waart among others) established her as one of the greatest singers of our age. She made her career mainly as a concert and lieder singer with some excursions into opera (Mozart, Haydn) and became world-renowned for her recitals of French and German songs and for her superlative interpretive gifts. She is equally at home in chamber music, orchestral music, operas, and oratorios. She made her
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    Frances Yeend

    Frances Yeend (28 January 1913 – 27 April 2008) was an American classical soprano who had an active international career as a concert and opera singer during the 1940s through the 1960s. She had a long and fruitful association with the New York City Opera (NYCO) between 1948 and 1958, after which she joined the roster of principal sopranos at the Metropolitan Opera where she sang between 1961 and 1963. She also had an extensive concert career, particularly in the United States. By 1963 she had sung in more than 200 orchestral concerts in North American with major symphonies like the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among others. Born Frances Leone Lynch in Vancouver, Washington, Yeend grew up in Portland, Oregon. She had very little musical training before entering Washington State University (then Washington State College) in Pullman, Washington where she studied singing. Following several years of college, she worked as a music teacher for a few years, during which time she also sang as a recitalist and on the radio. She also made her profesional opera début during this
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    Lillian Evanti

    Lillian Evanti (August 12, 1890 – December 6, 1967), was an African American opera singer. Evanti, a soprano, debuted in 1927 in Delibes's Lakmé at Nice, France. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor's Degree in music and studied in France and Italy. As an opera singer and concert artist, she toured throughout Europe and South America. She received acclaim as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata as produced by the National Negro Opera Company in 1945. Evanti is most famous for being the first African-American female professional opera singer. The Music of Black Americans: A History. Eileen Southern. W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition. ISBN 0-393-97141-4
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    Lisa Otto

    • Voice Type: Coloratura Soprano
    Lisa Otto (born 14 November 1919) is a German operatic soprano, particularly associated with soubrette and light coloratura roles. She was born in Dresden. She is the daughter of bass Karl Otto, she studied at the Musikhochschule of her native city of Dresden with Susanne Steunmetz-Prée. She made her debut in Beuthen, as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, in 1941, where she remained until 1944. She then sang in Nuremberg (1944-45), Dresden (1945-51), and joined the Berlin State Opera in 1951, where she was to remain for some 30 years. She is best known for soubrette roles such as Blondchen, Susanna, Zerlina, Despina, and Papagena in Mozart's operas. Other notables roles included Marzelline, Annchen, Zerline, etc. She took part in the creation of Giselher Klebe's Alkmene and Hans Werner Henze's Der junge Lord. She made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She is married to Hughe Lackert.
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    Noémi Rime

    Noémi Rime is a French soprano. She regularly appears in opera productions by William Christie's Les Arts Florissants ensemble. Her roles have included Cleone in Médée, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Fatime in Les Indes galantes.
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    Una Hale

    Una Hale 18 November 1922 – 4 March, 2005) was an Australian operatic soprano, mainly known in her native country and in the United Kingdom. Born in Adelaide, Hale came to Britain in 1946 to study at the Royal College of Music. She appeared with the Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1949 to 1954, playing many leading roles, such as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata Micaela Carmen and Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. In 1954 Hale was engaged as a principal soprano at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where she sang most of the major lyric soprano roles. She was particularly noted for her portrayals of Ellen Orford in Britten's Peter Grimes, Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Marschallin in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and Liu in Puccini's Turandot. In 1956 she portrayed Naomi in the world première of Lennox Berkeley's opera, Ruth. The production was mounted by the English Opera Group with Anna Pollak singing the title role and Peter Pears portraying Boaz. In 1962, Hale sang the title role in the Australian première of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos. During that same season she also portrayed Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff. In 1963-64
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    Josef Witt

    Kammersänger Josef Witt (17 May 1901 - 3 January 1994) was a tenor who was a regular performer at the Vienna State Opera before WW II. His name is sometimes spelt Joseph Witt. He was remembered for his compelling interpretation of Palestrina in Otto Erhart’s production of Pfitzner’s opera at the Staatsoper in 1937. He conducted opera classes at the Akadamie fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna until his death in 1990. Singers like Norman Bailey, Walter Berry and Mimi Coertse, who went on to have important opera careers in Austria and Germany, were among his students. He made several widely circulated recordings of Strauss operas with Karl Böhm and Clemens Krauss, in which he sang secondary parts in operas like Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella.
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    Andrew Foster-Williams

    Andrew Foster-Williams (born in Wigan, Lancashire) is an English lyric bass-baritone, concert singer and recitalist. Andrew Foster-Williams read music at Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with a first-class honours degree. He has since been made an Associate of the Royal Academy. He went on to post-graduate study at the Opera Course, then jointly run by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, graduating in 1998. He won many prizes whilst at the Royal Academy; including, amongst others, The Opera Prize, The Flora Nielsen Recital Prize and The Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize. The Daily Telegraph in London named him their "Newcomer of the Year" and said "Andrew Foster-Williams is an impressively intelligent artist who sang both Leporello in Don Giovanni and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with impressive vocal polish. We should be hearing more of him." In 2009 he sang the role of Marco in the world premiere recording of Saverio Mercadante's Virginia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the Opera Rara label. He has worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras including The London Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra,
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    Emma Abbott

    Emma Abbott

    Emma Abbott (December 9, 1850 – January 5, 1891) was an American operatic soprano and impresario known for her pure, clear voice of great flexibility and volume. Abbot was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of a struggling Chicago musician. As a child she and her brother George studied singing, piano, guitar and violin with their father. The family moved to Peoria, Illinois in 1854 but Professor Abbott was unable to find a sufficient number of music students to make ends meet and the family suffered from financial problems. To help out, she and George began performing professionally when Emma was nine years old. She made her debut as a guitar player and singer in Peoria, Illinois in 1859, with George on the violin, and was teaching guitar by age thirteen. In 1866 she joined an itinerant concert troup and toured the country. While performing on the road she met and was befriended by Clara Louise Kellogg. Upon hearing Abbott in a concert in Toledo, Kellogg made it a point to meet her and encourage her to pursue an opera career and gave her a letter of introduction. Consequently, Abbott studied in New York City under Achille Errani, and made her concert début there in December
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    Fritzi Massary

    Fritzi Massary

    Fritzi Massary (March 31, 1882, in Vienna, Austria – January 30, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) was an Austrian-American actress and soprano singer. Born as Friederike Massaryk, she was one of the leading operetta singers in Berlin and Vienna. By 1912 her fame was such that one spoke simply of "die Massary (the Massary)". She was a premier Diva of her generation. She was closely associated with Oscar Straus, creating roles in six of his operettas, notably Der letzte Walzer in 1920. Despite her 1903 conversion to Protestantism, Massary fled Germany in late 1932 because of her Jewish heritage. She traveled through Austria and Switzerland to London, where she was befriended by Sir Noël Coward and starred in his Operette in 1938. Shortly thereafter, in February 1939, she moved to Beverly Hills, California, where she lived until her death in 1969. Beginning in 1952, she regularly spent summers in Germany. Massary was married twice, first to an eye doctor Bernhard Pollack, whom she later refused to discuss or even mention. With Karl-Kuno Rollo Graf von Coudenhove (1887 - 1940), she had her only child, Elisabeth Maria Karl (called Liesl) (1903-1979). Liesl later married the author
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    Isobel Baillie

    Dame Isobel Baillie, DBE (9 March 1895 – 24 September 1983) was a Scottish soprano, popular in opera, oratorio and lieder. She was regarded as one of the 20th century's great oratorio singers. Isobel Baillie was born in Hawick, Scottish Borders, in 1895. She worked in a music shop and as a clerk at Manchester Town Hall, and made her debut with the Hallé Orchestra in 1921 under the name Bella Baillie. After studies in Milan, she won immediate success in her opening season in London in 1923. Her favourite work was Handel's Messiah, of which she gave over 1,000 performances during her career. She was often in demand for choral works; apart from Messiah, she was noted in Haydn's The Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Brahms's A German Requiem. In 1933 she became the first British performer to sing in the Hollywood Bowl in California. In 1937 Arturo Toscanini chose her to sing Brahms' Requiem. Her performances in Gluck's Orpheus (always in English) and Gounod's Faust were very popular. However, her strength was in British music, including Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music (of which she was one of the original singers) and Elgar's The Kingdom. With the exception of 1933, she sang at
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    Jamie Frater

    Jamie Frater

    Jamie Frater (born 31 August 1974) was born in Naenae (a suburb in Lower Hutt), New Zealand, is an opera singer based in London. In 2005 Frater was placed third in New Zealand's premiere opera song competition the Lexus Song Quest. Frater, who has studied under Flora Edwards, Margaret Medlyn, and Margaret Kingsley is a recipient of the Opera Waikato Scholarship (New Zealand), the Moyra Todd Foundation Scholarship (New Zealand), and the Madeleine Finden Memorial Trust Scholarship (London). Jamie Frater was involved in a series of recordings produced by New Zealand's Sirius Opera which are available at most New Zealand libraries or through SOUNZ. Prior to his career in opera, Frater developed a piece of internet software named Bersirc, an Internet Relay Chat Client which gained popularity and was awarded a five star award in the NetGuide Gold magazine. The software has since been purchased by Nicholas Copeland for further development as an open-source application. A bass-baritone, Frater is a firm proponent of contemporary classical music. He has performed many world premiere works by new New Zealand composers, including works by Dorothy Buchanan, John Drummond, and Ivan
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    Loa Falkman

    Loa Falkman

    Carl-Johan ("Loa") Falkman (born July 24, 1947) is a Swedish baritone singer and actor. After studying music, Falkman made his first major performance on the Royal Swedish Opera in 1973. In the 1990 Melodifestivalen (Swedish preselection contest for the Eurovision Song Contest), Falkman got the last place with his song "Symfonin" ("The Symphony"). He often plays pompous, vile characters like Wall-Enberg in Jönssonligan, Tillström in Newsmakers or Factory Owner Persson in Kronjuvelerna.
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    Lucia Popp

    Lucia Popp

    Lucia Popp (12 November 1939 – 16 November 1993) was a Slovak operatic soprano. She began her career as a soubrette soprano, and later moved into the light-lyric and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire and then the lighter Richard Strauss and Wagner operas. Her career included performances at Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Popp was also a highly regarded recitalist and lieder singer. Lucia Popp was born as Lucia Poppová, in Záhorská Ves in Slovak State (later Czechoslovakia and today Slovakia). Popp initially entered the Bratislava Academy to study drama. While she began her vocal lessons during this period as a mezzo-soprano, her voice developed a high upper register to the degree that her professional debut was as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute in Bratislava, a role she revived in a 1963 recording conducted by Otto Klemperer. In 1963, Herbert von Karajan invited her to join the Vienna State Opera, where she debuted as Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Popp had strong ties to the Vienna State Opera throughout her career, and in 1979 was named an Austrian "Kammersängerin". She made her Covent Garden debut in
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    Roberto Stagno

    Roberto Stagno

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Roberto Stagno (18 October 1840 [some sources give 1836 as his birth year] – 26 April 1897), was a prominent Italian opera tenor. He became an important interpreter of verismo music when it burst on to the operatic scene during the 1890s; but he also possessed an agile bel canto technique which he employed in operas dating from earlier periods. In 1890, he created the pivotal verismo role of Turiddu. Stagno (real name Vincenzo Andrioli) was born in Palermo, Sicily, into a family with connections to the minor nobility. He studied in Milan in Northern Italy and made his operatic debut in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1862. His career breakthrough came three years later, however, when he substituted successfully for Italy's most celebrated dramatic tenor, Enrico Tamberlik, in a Madrid performance of Robert le diable. During the next three decades, Stagno performed in a variety of operas at major opera houses in Spain, Italy, France and Russia, building and then consolidating his reputation as one of Europe's leading tenors. Stagno was popular, too, in Argentina, where he appeared initially in 1879, and he also performed for one entire season (1883–84) in the United States, at the New York
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    Solomiya Krushelnytska

    Solomiya Krushelnytska

    • Voice Type: Soprano
    Solomiya Krushelnytska (Ukrainian: Соломія Крушельницька) (23 September 1872 – 16 November 1952) was one of the brightest Ukrainian soprano opera stars of the first half of the 20th century. Krushelnytska was born in the village of Biliavyntsi, south-west of Ternopil, Austria-Hungary (today Buchach Raion, Ukraine). Born into the family of a Ukrainian priest of noble origins , the family relocated a number of times during her childhood, finally settling in the village of Bila just north of Ternopil. In her childhood she acquired a great number of folk songs which she had learned from villagers of the various places she had lived. In 1891 she entered the Lviv Conservatory from which she graduated with distinction in 1893. Even before graduation she appeared as Leonora in the Lviv Opera production of Donizetti's La favorita. This brought critical acclaim to the young singer. Less than ten years after this debut, the name of Solomiya Krushelnytska guaranteed triumphal success on the best opera stages of Europe and America. In 1904 she became a legendary savior of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. The opera had been booed by the audience at its premiere in Milan's La Scala, but three months
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    Antonio Tamburini

    Antonio Tamburini

    • Voice Type: Baritone
    Antonio Tamburini (March 28, 1800 – November 8, 1876) was an Italian operatic baritone. Born in Faenza, then part of the Papal States, Tamburini studied the orchestral horn with his father and voice with Aldobrando Rossi, before making his debut as a singer, aged 18, in La contessa di colle erbose (Pietro Generali). He went on to become one of the finest baritones of his age. He had a beautiful, smooth and flexible voice the quality of which is indicated by the bel canto music written for him. He was renowned also for his good looks and impressive stage presence, often working with the tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini and soprano Giulia Grisi. Tamburini is famous for his association with the operatic compositions of Bellini such as I Puritani. Indeed, he was one of the so-called "Puritani Quartet" of leading international singers, along with Grisi, Rubini and the bass Luigi Lablache. The quartet was reunited on stage, albeit with Giovanni Mario replacing Rubini, in 1843 at the premiere of Donizetti's Don Pasquale. A particular favourite with London and Paris audiences, Tamburini was married to the contralto Marietta Gioia-Tamburini. They often sang together. He died at Nice in 1876,
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    Gladys Midgley

    Gladys Irene Vernon (1911 – 25 December 2005) was a pianist and accompanist. She was married to Walter Midgley, the international operatic tenor. Her daughter Maryetta Midgley and her son Vernon Midgley became widely acclaimed singers in their own right. As a small child she showed amazing talent for the piano, and began to win prizes from the age of 5, becoming the youngest ever (aged 14) to sit for her L.R.A.M. But she never wished to be in the spotlight. Walter and Gladys met when they were both performing in The Fol-De-Rols at the White Rock Theater, Hastings. After they were married, war broke out, and it was six years before Walter was able to take up the contract at Covent Garden offered to him by Thomas Beecham. Assuming Walter knew all the leading tenor roles, C.G. gave him his debut as Calaf in Turandot, but this meant that Gladys had to coach Walter in the role - and all subsequent roles which followed his successful debut. Her part in the Midgley household was paramount. Whilst all the others performed to much acclaim, Gladys stayed in the background. Walter died in 1980 but Gladys died in 2005 aged 94. She also left a granddaughter, Juliet, and a great-granddaughter,
    5.75
    4 votes
    118

    Arleen Augér

    Arleen Augᅢᄅr (September 13, 1939 - June 10, 1993) was an American soprano. She was especially praised for her interpretations of works by Bach, Hᅢᄂndel and Mozart. Augᅢᄅr, ArleenAugᅢᄅr, ArleenAugᅢᄅr, ArleenAugᅢᄅr, ArleenAugᅢᄅr, Arleen
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    119
    Elisabeth Schumann

    Elisabeth Schumann

    Elisabeth Schumann (13 June 1888 in Merseburg – 23 April 1952 in New York) was a German lyric soprano who sang in opera, operetta, oratorio, and lieder. She left a substantial legacy of recordings. Schumann trained for a singing career in Berlin and Dresden. She made her stage debut in Hamburg in 1909. Her initial career started in the lighter soubrette roles that expanded into mostly lyrical roles, some coloratura roles, and even a few dramatic roles. She remained at the Hamburg Opera until 1919, also singing during the 1914/15 season at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. From 1919 to 1938 she was a star of the Vienna State Opera. Her most famous role was that of Sophie in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. In 1938 she emigrated to New York City where she lived until her death on 23 April 1952. During World War II she gave recitals but mainly taught singing, privately and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After the war she gave many recitals in Europe, making a particularly successful comeback in England. She was a much-loved artist, admired for her vivacity, elegance, and beauty. She was closely connected with Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, Lotte Lehmann, Bruno
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    120
    Felice Varesi

    Felice Varesi

    Felice Varesi (born Calais, 1813 - died Milan, 13 March 1889) was a French-born Italian baritone with an illustrious singing career that began in the 1830s and extended into the 1860s. He is best remembered today for his close association with several famous operas composed by Giuseppe Verdi, whose birth year he shared. Specializing initially in the bel canto operas of Verdi's predecessor Gaetano Donizetti, Varesi began his career in Varese in 1834 and went on to sing in Faenza, Florence, Modena, Rome, Perugia and Genoa. By 1841 he was singing at La Scala, Milan, and from 1842 to 1847 he was in demand in Vienna, where he appeared at the Kärntnertortheater. Here he created the role of Antonio in Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix as well as appearing in other works by the same composer. In 1844 he sang the role of Don Carlo in Ernani at Padua, his initial Verdi opera, and later appeared as the Doge in Verdi's I due Foscari. In 1847, in Florence, he was the first Macbeth in Verdi's opera of that name. Then, in 1851 at La Fenice, Venice, he created Verdi's Rigoletto, and in 1853, at the same house, he became Verdi's original Germont in La traviata. (Varesi disliked Germont's character but
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    Gaëlle Méchaly

    Gaëlle Méchaly (born 15 June 1970 in Marseille, France) is a soprano. She is a frequent member of Les Arts Florissants and has appeared in a number of operatic productions of Baroque works directed by its founder, William Christie.
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    122
    Leone Giraldoni

    Leone Giraldoni

    • Voice Type: Baritone
    Leone Giraldoni (born circa 1824, Paris; died September 19, 1897, Moscow) was a celebrated Italian operatic baritone. He created the title roles of Gaetano Donizetti's Il duca d'Alba (1882) and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra (1857) as well as the role of Renato in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera (1859). Giraldoni studied in Florence with Luigi Ronzi and made his début as the High Priest in Pacini's Saffò (Lodi, 1847). He made his La Scala début as Il Conte di Luna in Il trovatore in 1850 and during his long career sang throughout Europe with considerable success. His final performance was in Filippo Marchetti's Don Giovanni d'Austria at Rome's Teatro Costanzi in 1885. After his retirement he taught voice and singing, first in Milan, and from 1891 at the Moscow Conservatory. Contemporary accounts describe his voice as warm, smooth and evenly produced. He also was considered to be an effective actor, with a noble and dignified stage presence and beautiful phrasing, qualities which made him one of Verdi's favourite baritones. Indeed, Giraldoni belonged to a distinguished generation of baritones able to perform the then demanding new works of Verdi, as well as the existing bel canto operatic
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    123

    Martin Cooke

    Martin Cooke is a baritone singer of opera and classical music. He attended St Aloysius' College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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    124
    Max Alvary

    Max Alvary

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Max Alvary (May 3, 1856 – November 7, 1898), originally Maximilian Achenbach, was a German operatic tenor. Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, he was the son of the painter Andreas Achenbach, over whose initial objections he pursued his singing career. He studied in Frankfurt with Julius Stockhausen, and in Milan with Francesco Lamperti. Gifted with a fine dramatic voice and a handsome stage presence, he speedily made a reputation in Germany in the leading roles in Wagnerian opera, and from 1885 onwards appeared also in America and England. He was at his best in 1892, when his performances as Tristan and Siegfried at Covent Garden aroused great enthusiasm. In October 1894 he was seriously injured in a fall while rehearsing Siegfried at Mannheim and never fully recovered; he retired from the stage in 1897. Alvary died in Großtabarz, Thüringen, Germany in 1898.
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    125
    Sena Jurinac

    Sena Jurinac

    Srebrenka "Sena" Jurinac ([juˈrinats] (24 October 1921 – 22 November 2011) was a Bosnian Croat/Austrian operatic soprano. Born in Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina (then part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), she studied at the Zagreb Academy of Music, and also with Milka Kostrenčić (whose other well-known pupil was Zinka Milanov). Her voice was pitched exactly between soprano and mezzo. Her repertoire included Butterfly, Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Desdemona (Otello), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Ilia, Iphigenia, Jenůfa, Leonora (La forza del destino), the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marie (Wozzeck), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Poppea, and Tosca. In many operas her repertoire included more than one major role: Cherubino and Countess Almaviva, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Amor and Eurydice, Leonore and Marzelline (Fidelio), Marina and Fyodor (Boris Godunov), Octavian and occasionally Sophie and finally the Marschallin. She also played supporting roles in The Ring of the Nibelung: Woglinde, Gutrune, and several of the Norns. Sena Jurinac made her début as Mimi at Zagreb in 1942. In the following two years she sang the Countess, Freia, and Isabella in the première of Werner
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    126
    William Walker

    William Walker

    • Voice Type: Baritone
    William Sterling Walker (October 29, 1931 – April 10, 2010) was a baritone with the Metropolitan Opera (1962–1980) whose singing career included performances at the White House, at Carnegie Hall and other concert venues across North America and Europe, and some 60 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. From 1991-2002, he produced opera as General Director of Fort Worth Opera in Fort Worth, Texas. William Walker was born in Waco, Texas and moved with his family to Fort Worth at the age of 6, where his father eventually went to work for Consolidated Vultee, a predecessor of General Dynamics. Known as "Bill" to his family and friends, Walker began singing professionally at the age of 12 but secretly yearned to play baseball. After watching him strike out four times one night at a high school game, Walker's father suggested that perhaps his son should think more seriously about being a singer. In 1949, upon graduation from Arlington Heights High School, Walker was awarded a vocal scholarship to Texas Christian University. His studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to serve in the Korean War. During his time in Korea, he was awarded the
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    127

    Franz Nachbaur

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Franz Nachbaur (1835 – 1902) was a famous German opera tenor. Born in Giessen, he studied with Francesco Lamperti in Milan and with the celebrated baritone Jan Krtitel Pisek in Stuttgart. He made his debut on the tage in Passau in 1857 and was active until his retirement in 1890. He died in Munich.
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    128
    Cecilia Bartoli

    Cecilia Bartoli

    Cecilia Bartoli, Cavaliere OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [tʃeˈtʃiːlja ˈbaɾtoli]; born June 4, 1966 in Rome) is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretation of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical music. She is known for having the versatility to play both soprano and mezzo roles. Bartoli is considered a coloratura mezzo-soprano (Koloratur-Mezzosopran) with an unusual timbre. She is one of the most popular (and one of the top-selling) opera singers of recent years. Bartoli is much liked by the concert-going public for her vivacious on-stage persona, while her lyric voice and investigations of Baroque music have given her considerable recognition even among the non-opera-going public. Bartoli's parents, Silvana Bazzoni and Pietro Angelo Bartoli, were both professional singers and gave her her first music lessons. Her first public performance was at age eight as the shepherd boy in Tosca. Bartoli later studied at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In contrast to most opera singers, Bartoli came to prominence in her early twenties, unusual in a
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    129

    Margaret Balfour

    Margaret Balfour (c.1892 - January 1961) was an English classical Contralto of the 1920s and 1930s. She is best remembered as the angel in Elgar's own recorded excerpts of The Dream of Gerontius (1927) and one of the 16 soloists in the original performance of Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music (1938). She was also recorded by HMV singing Bach's Mass in B Minor with Elisabeth Schumann and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Albert Coates in sessions in 1929 at Kingsway Hall, London. She sang in the St Matthew Passion in November 1929 (with Keith Falkner and Elsie Suddaby) at Westminster with the Bach Cantata Club under Charles Kennedy Scott. She sang Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the BBC Chorus and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini at the Queen's Hall, London, on November 3, 1937. She was a soloist at the Handel Festival conducted by Henry Wood at Alexandra Palace in 1939.
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    Adelaide Kemble

    Adelaide Kemble

    Adelaide Kemble (November 1815 – 4 August 1879) was an English opera singer of the Victorian era, and a member of the Kemble family of actors. She was the younger sister of Fanny Kemble, the famous actress and anti-slavery activist. Her father was actor Charles Kemble, her mother Maria Theresa Kemble. Adelaide studied in London with John Braham and in Italy under the great soprano Giuditta Pasta. On 2 November 1841, she made her first operatic performance on the London stage in Norma. In 1843 she married Edward John Sartoris and retired after a brief but brilliant career. They were hosts at the Belgravia home to Chopin where, in 1849, he made his London debut. This is now marked by a plaque. She wrote A Week in a French Country House (1867), a bright and humorous story, followed by other, more mediocre tales. She recorded one interesting incident at a late London concert by Pasta, whose powers had diminished badly, and she asked of fellow singer Pauline Viardot what she thought of Pasta's voice now and got the reply: "Ah! It is a ruin, but so is Leonardo's Last Supper." Her son, Algernon Charles Frederick Sartoris, married Nellie Grant, the daughter of the famous American general
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    Carla Maffioletti

    Carla Maffioletti

    Carla Maffioletti (born c.1980 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian opera singer. She was born in the second largest city in southern Brazil; a port town on Guaíba River. As a very young girl she began playing the violin before changing to classical guitar. Her talents were such that by her early teens she was performing at concerts throughout the country. While at university she began taking singing lessons and very quickly developed her outstanding voice. Multilingual, Maffioletti decided to study voice at the Maastricht Academy of Music in Maastricht, the Netherlands, as did her friend Carmen Monarcha. While attending the academy, she came to the attention of André Rieu who hired her as a vocalist with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. In addition to global touring with the orchestra, Maffioletti has performed as a soloist on several of Rieu's albums and has appeared in his PBS television broadcasts in the United States. On Rieu's DVD I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg (2009) she sings "Die Juliska aus Budapest" and (with Mirusia Louwerse and the Berlin Comedian Harmonists) "Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeoffizier".
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    Charles R. Adams

    Charles R. Adams

    Charles R. Adams (February 9, 1834 – July 4, 1900) was an American opera singer and singing instructor. An excellent tenor and fine actor, he had a commanding stage presence and was particularly admired for his interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner. Adams was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1834, the son of Charles Adams and Eliza Ann Runey Adams. He studied music in Boston under Edwin Bruce, Mme. Arnault, and R. Mulder. In 1856, he was the tenor soloist in Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation, with the Handel and Haydn Society, and went on to tour the United States and the West Indies from 1856 through 1861. He moved to Vienna where he studied with Carlo Barbieri and sang lead tenor roles at the Vienna State Opera. They included Elvino in Bellini's La sonnambula. He next went on tour in Russia and Holland before joining the Royal Opera in Berlin. Adams stayed there for three years, before becoming the principal tenor of the Vienna Hofoper from 1867 to 1876. He also sang two seasons at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, one season at the Royal Palace of Madrid, and one season at La Scala, Milan. Adams toured America with the Carl Strakosch company in
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    133

    Edith Mason

    Edith Mason (March 22, 1892 - November 26, 1973) was an American soprano. She studied in Boston, Philadelphia, and Paris. She made her debut on January 27, 1912, as Nedda in Pagliacci with the Boston Opera Company. During the next three years, she sang in Europe at Nice, Marseilles, and Paris. In 1914 she was singing at the Opera Comique in Paris when the war terminated her engagement. Returning to America, she made her debut at the Metropolitan as Sophie in Der Rosen-Cavalier on Nov. 20, 1915. In 1917-19, she was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Company. In 1919 she married Giorgio Polacco. In 1921 she became one of the leading singers of the Chicago Opera Association.
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    134

    Jeffrey Black

    Jeffrey Black (born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1962), is an internationally acclaimed opera singer. He studied singing at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and appeared in many of the operas staged by the Conservatorium students and post-graduate students, including appearing in the role of "Figaro", as a First year Opera Student, in the Conservatorium's 1981 production of The Marriage of Figaro, at the Basil Jones Theatre (now called the QUT Gardens Theatre), (which was the Conservatorium's location prior to its move to its present location at South Bank). Jeffrey Black won the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in the Australian Singing Competition in 1983 and the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship in 1985. Jeffrey Black made his operatic debut as a principal singer with the Australian Opera in 1984. He made his United Kingdom debut at Glyndebourne in 1986. , He currently resides in Barnes, southwest London, UK with his wife Janice, son James and daughter Tiffany. Black's son has diabetes, and he has been active in fundraising, in support of his cause. Jeffrey Black has sung with some of the world's leading Opera companies, including: Jeffrey Black's opera and operetta roles
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    Judith Henley

    Judith Henley is an Australian opera singer. She sang in the State Opera of South Australia performance of "H.M.S. Pinafore" (as Josephine). Also appearing in the same opera production were Thomas Edmonds and Dennis Olsen. She has also appeared on stage in the opera "The Gypsy Baron".
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    136
    Karin Shifrin

    Karin Shifrin

    Karin Shifrin (Hebrew: קארין שיפרין‎) (born in Jerusalem) is an Israeli mezzo-soprano opera singer. She performs in Israel and abroad under conductors Zubin Mehta, Shlomo Mintz, Andreas Kowalewitz, Salvador Brotons, David Stern, Noam Sheriff and Dan Ettinger, to name a few. From the age of 24, she sang in concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna orchestra, as well as other orchestras. Shifrin has been performing in the Israeli opera since 2005. Shifrin graduated her "B.Mus." degree (with honors) in the Buchmann-Mehta Music Academy at Tel-Aviv University. Her vocal instructors were Prof. Tamar Rachum (Israel) and Kammersängerin Hilde Zadek (Austria) and Mrs. Patricia McCaffrey (NY). Shifrin’s debut with the Israeli Opera was at the age of 25. Among the roles she performed: In addition, she has obtained the "Hildegard Zadek Stiftung", the "AICF" and the "Opernwerkstatt Verena Keller" scholarships for outstanding vocal, musical and creative achievements.
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    137
    Mattia Battistini

    Mattia Battistini

    • Voice Type: Baritone
    Mattia Battistini (27 February 1856 – 7 November 1928) was an Italian operatic baritone. He became internationally famous due to the beauty of his voice and the virtuosity of his singing technique, and he earned the sobriquet "King of Baritones". Battistini was born in Rome and brought up largely at Collebaccaro di Contigliano, a village near Rieti, where his parents had an estate. The Battistinis were ancestrally from Rieti, the ancient capital of the Sabines, and Mattia Battistini always looked like an ancient Roman, with his imposing physique, high forehead and monumental nose. (See photograph, top right.) They were a well-to-do family, long established in the field of medicine. His grandfather, Giovanni, and uncle, Raffaele, were personal physicians to the Pope and his knighted father, Cavaliere Luigi Battistini, was a professor of anatomy at the University of Rome. They preferred the future baritone to take up a career in medicine or law, and sent him to old and exclusive preparatory schools (the Collegio Bandinelli and later the Istituto dell' Apollinare) where he gained a classical education. From the beginning, Battistini had shown great musical talent, so, to the dismay of
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    138
    Titta Ruffo

    Titta Ruffo

    • Voice Type: Baritone
    Titta Ruffo (9 June 1877 - 5 July 1953), born as Ruffo Titta Cafiero, was an Italian opera star who had a major international singing career. Known as the "Voce del leone" ("voice of the lion"), he was greatly admired, even by rival baritones, such as Giuseppe De Luca, who said of Ruffo: "His was not a voice, it was a miracle" (although not often published is the second part of De Luca's conclusion "...which he [Ruffo] bawled away..."), and Victor Maurel, the creator of Verdi's Iago and Falstaff. Maurel said that the notes of Ruffo's upper register were the most glorious baritone sounds he had ever heard (see Pleasants, cited below). Indeed Walter Legge, the prominent classical record producer, went so far as to call Ruffo "a genius". Born Ruffo Titta in Pisa (he reversed his forename and surname for the stage), Ruffo was the son of an engineer. He studied voice with several teachers, but he was an independent thinker and, basically, his vocal method was self-taught. Ruffo made his operatic debut in 1898 at the Teatro Constanzi in Rome as the Herald in Wagner's Lohengrin. After a slow start, his career took off in the early 1900s and he quickly achieved international renown due to
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    Elena Nicolai

    Stoyanka Savova Nikolova, more famous by her stage name Elena Nicolai (January 24, 1905 – October 23, 1993), was a Bulgarian mezzo-soprano and opera singer. Nicolai was born in the village of Tzerovo, Pazardzhik region, in Bulgaria. She spent her childhood in another Bulgarian town, Panagurishte. She made her operatic debut as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto in 1932. She spent 20 seasons as a leading mezzo-soprano at Milan's Teatro alla Scala. After her retirement from opera, she became an actress and had a short film career, starring in seven movies in the period between 1963 and 1968. Elena Nicolai possessed one of the most secure and powerful voices of the 20th century. Unlike many voices of great size, it was not placement and projection alone, but an unusual depth and muscular strength which seemed to "shake the ground beneath the feet." Count Rasponi's interview of her in The Last Prima Donnas revealed admirable intelligence, lucid thinking, concise expression, and her objective appraisals of Maria Callas, Antonietta Stella, and lesser known artists did much to clarify beliefs, especially surrounding Callas. Nicolai recorded complete operas for RAI and EMI: Eboli in Don Carlos
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    140

    Richard Margison

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Richard Charles Margison, OC (born 15 July 1953) is a Canadian operatic tenor. Margison was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 and lives in Toronto, Canada.
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    141

    Ara Berberian

    Ara Berberian (b. Detroit, Michigan, May 14, 1930; d. Boynton Beach, Florida, February 21, 2005) was an American operatic bass singer. Berberian made his debut in 1958 with the Turnau Opera in Woodstock, New York, as Don Magnifico in Rossini's La Cenerentola. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1979 as Zacharie in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Le prophète. He also sang with the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Michigan Opera Theatre. In all, he sang over 100 roles during his career, perhaps most notably in the role of Osmin in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and the role of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto. Berberian was of Armenian ancestry and, in addition to his operatic repertoire, also sang and recorded music by Armenian and Armenian-American composers such as Komitas and Alan Hovhaness; he recorded three LP albums of the latter composer's songs. Berberian was an active environmentalist and had a keen interest in preserving forest land and old barns.
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    Gianna Nannini

    Gianna Nannini

    Gianna Nannini (born 14 June 1954) is an Italian female singer-songwriter and pop musician. She may be best known for her 1986 song "Bello e Impossibile". Born in Siena on 14 June 1954, Nannini studied piano in Lucca and then composition in Milan. She is the older sister of former Formula One racing driver Alessandro Nannini. She graduated in philosophy from the University of Siena in 1994. The following year she took part in a protest organized by Greenpeace at the French embassy in Rome against the decision of the French government to pursue nuclear experiments at Mururoa. In August 2010 she announced that she was pregnant and that she would dedicate the upcoming album to her child. Gianna showed off her pregnancy on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine wearing a T-shirt with the inscription ‘God is a woman’. On 26 November 2010 at 12am Nannini's daughter Penelope Jane Charlotte was born on the seventh floor of the Madonnina Clinic in Milan. The girl weighed 2.530 kilos and was 48 cm long. Her first hit was in 1979 with the single "America" and the album California, which became a success in several European countries. The rise to fame in Italy started in 1984 with the release of
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    José Carreras

    José Carreras

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Josep Maria Carreras i Coll (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛp kəˈreɾəs]; born 5 December 1946), better known as José Carreras (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse kaˈreɾas]), is a Spanish Catalan tenor particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the opera stage at the age of 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles on the stages of the world's leading opera houses and in the recording studio. He gained fame with a wider audience as one of The Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation (La Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia), which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988. The youngest of three children, Carreras was born in Sants, a working class district in Barcelona, Catalonia. In 1951, his family emigrated to Argentina in an unsuccessful search for a better life.
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    Josephine Barstow

    Dame Josephine Clare Barstow, DBE (born 27 September 1940) is an English soprano. Josephine Barstow was born in Sheffield and educated at the University of Birmingham. She made her professional debut (Mimì in La bohème) with the touring company Opera for All in 1964. She won a scholarship to study during 1965-66 at the London Opera Centre, where she met her husband Ande Anderson (d. 1996). During the following season, she sang Gluck's Euridice and Verdi's Violetta for the Sadler's Wells Opera Company and in 1968 she began a three-year contract with Welsh National Opera. In 1969 she made her Royal Opera debut as one of the Nieces in Peter Grimes Among other roles with the Royal Opera, she has sung Alice Ford (Falstaff), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Leonore (Fidelio) and the Old Countess (The Queen of Spades). She also appeared in the world premières of two operas by Sir Michael Tippett: The Knot Garden (as Denise) and The Ice Break (as Gayle). At Glyndebourne, she has appeared as Lady Macbeth, Elettra (Idomeneo) and Leonore. Roles with English National Opera include an acclaimed Violetta, Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Case), Natasha in the British
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    June Bronhill

    June Bronhill OBE (26 June 1929 – 24 January 2005) was an internationally acclaimed Australian soprano opera singer. She was born June Mary Gough in the inland Australian city of Broken Hill, New South Wales. Her stage name Bronhill, which she used from 1952, was an abbreviation of Broken Hill, which was her way of thanking her home town for its support in raising money to send her overseas for professional training as a singer — in the same way that Helen Porter Mitchell chose the stage name of Nellie Melba (after Melbourne), and that Florence Mary Wilson chose the stage name of Florence Austral and Elsie Mary Fischer chose the stage name Elsa Stralia (after Australia). She won the Sun Aria, now known as the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria in 1950. She trained in London and gained early exposure with the Sadler's Wells company in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. She also sang leading roles in Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, Menotti's The Telephone, Flotow's Martha and Hänsel und Gretel. Her roles in Offenbach's operas, with the Sadler's Wells company, included Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and Gabrielle in La vie parisienne. In 1964 June appeared as Elizabeth
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    Karita Mattila

    Karita Marjatta Mattila (pronounced ['karita 'mattila]) (born September 5, 1960) is a leading operatic soprano. She was born in Perniö, Finland. Mattila appears regularly in the major opera houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Bastille, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna State Opera, Toronto Roy Thomson Hall and Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg and with top orchestras. During her career, Mattila has sold over 150,000 certified records, which places her among the top 50 best-selling female soloists in Finland. In 1983, Mattila won the first Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The same year she graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she studied singing with Liisa Linko-Malmio. She then continued her studies with Vera Rozsa in London. In 1985, she made her Covent Garden debut with the Royal Opera as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. In 1988, she was seen as Emma in the first ever televised production of Schubert's Fierrabras at the Vienna State Opera. On March 22, 1990, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
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    Leo Nucci

    Leo Nucci

    Leo Nucci (born April 16, 1942) is an Italian operatic baritone, particularly suited to Verdi roles. Born at Castiglione dei Pepoli, near Bologna, he studied with Giuseppe Marchese and made his stage debut in Spoleto, as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, in 1967, he then joined the chorus of La Scala in Milan, and made his solo debut there in 1975, again as Figaro. His career quickly took an international turn with debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as Miller in Luisa Miller, in 1978, and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as Renato/Ancharstrom in Un ballo in maschera, in 1980. Renato was also his debut role at the Paris Opéra in 1981, and the Salzburg Festival in 1989, under Herbert Von Karajan. His career is remembered for famous performances in the opera world, including works with Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo and others. His repertoire encompasses the entire Italian repertory from bel canto to verismo, but his sonorous voice, secure technique and dramatic abilities are best displayed in Verdi - notably as Rigoletto, Macbeth, Count di Luna, Giorgo Germont, Rodrigo, Amonasro, Iago, and Falstaff. He has sung the role of Rigoletto alone more than
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    Linda Ronstadt

    Linda Ronstadt

    Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music recording artist. She has earned eleven Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, in addition to Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. A singer, songwriter, and record producer, she is recognized as a definitive interpreter of songs. Being one of music's most versatile and commercially successful female singers in U.S. history, she is recognized for her many public stages of self-reinvention and incarnations. With a one-time standing as the Queen of Rock, where she was bestowed the title of "highest paid woman in rock", and known as the First Lady of Rock, she has more recently emerged as music matriarch, international arts advocate and human rights advocate. Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres—including Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Carla Bley, The Chieftains, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Kate and Anna McGarrigle and has lent her voice to over 120 albums around the world. Christopher Loudon of
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    Olive Fremstad

    Olive Fremstad

    Olive Fremstad (14 March, 1871 - 21 April, 1951) was the stage name of Anna Olivia Rundquist, a celebrated Swedish-American opera diva who sang in both the mezzo-soprano and soprano ranges. Born in Stockholm, she was adopted by an American couple living in Minnesota, taking on their surname of Fremstad. She received her early education and musical training in Christiania. When she was 12 years of age her parents moved to America, settling in Minneapolis. Even before leaving Christiania, her progress on the piano had been such that she had appeared as an infant prodigy. She began her vocal training in New York with Frederick Bristol in 1890 after singing in church choirs, then studied in Berlin with Lilli Lehmann before making her operatic debut as a mezzo-soprano as Azucena in Verdi's Il trovatore at the Cologne Opera in 1895. She remained there for at least three years, before going on to Vienna, Munich, Bayreuth and London. She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1903 until 1914, specializing in Wagnerian roles. By that time she was singing as a dramatic soprano. Fremstad appeared before the public 351 times as a member of the Met's stellar roster, most frequently
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    Adelina Patti

    Adelina Patti

    • Voice Type: Soprano
    Adelina Patti (19 February 1843 – 27 September 1919) was a highly acclaimed 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851 and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914. Along with her near contemporaries Jenny Lind and Thérèse Tietjens, Patti remains one of the most famous sopranos in history, owing to the purity and beauty of her lyrical voice and the unmatched quality of her bel canto technique. The composer Giuseppe Verdi, writing in 1877, described her as being perhaps the finest singer who had ever lived and a "stupendous artist". (See J.F. Cone's biography Adelina Patti: Queen of Hearts; Amadeus Press, Portland, US, 1993.) Verdi's admiration for Patti's talent was shared by numerous music critics and social commentators of her era. She was born Adela Juana Maria Patti, in Madrid, the last child of tenor Salvatore Patti (1800–1869) and soprano Caterina Barilli (died 1870). Her Italian parents were working in Madrid, Spain, at the time of her birth. Because her father came from Sicily, Patti was born a subject of the King of the Two Sicilies. She later
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    Alexandrine-Caroline Branchu

    Alexandrine-Caroline Branchu

    Alexandrine-Caroline Branchu (November 2, 1780 – October 14, 1850) was a French opera soprano. She was born in Cap-Haïtien, Haïti at a time when Haiti was a French colony. A gifted vocalist, for the better part of the first quarter of the 19th century, she was the leading soprano at the Paris Opéra. Branchu was one of the first students at the Paris Conservatoire after it opened in 1795, and studied singing under Pierre Garat. Although Branchu frequently performed works by Christoph Willibald Gluck and was notable for the Anacreon overture and Les Abencérages by Luigi Cherubini, she is best remembered for her performances in the title role of Gaspare Spontini's most important opera, La vestale (1807). She also performed in Spontini's Fernand Cortez (1809) and Olympie (1819). She was briefly a mistress of Napoleon. Branchu died in the Parisian suburb of Passy and was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.
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    Camilla Williams

    Camilla Williams

    Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. She had earlier won honors in vocal competitions and the Marian Anderson Fellowship in 1943-1944. In 1954 she became the first African American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera. She later also performed as a soloist with numerous European orchestras. As a concert artist, she toured throughout the United States as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1977, she was the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University, and she taught there until 1997. On October 18, 1919, Camilla Ella Williams was born in Danville, Virginia, to Fannie Carey Williams and Cornelius Booker Williams, who worked as a chauffeur. She was the youngest of four children (Mary, Helen, and Cornelius). "My grandparents and parents were self-taught musicians; all of them sang, and there was always music in our home." Camilla's grandfather, Alexander
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    Friedrich Schorr

    Friedrich Schorr

    Friedrich Schorr (September 2, 1888 – August 14, 1953), was a renowned Austrian-Hungarian bass-baritone opera singer of Jewish origin. He later became a naturalized American. Schorr is recognized as the greatest Wagnerian bass-baritone of his generation, arguably of the entire 20th century, and was particularly famous for his profound portrayals of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He was celebrated, too, for his appearances as Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio. His voice was powerful, steady and rich-toned, with a beautiful mezza voce. He placed a special and an emphasis on maintaining a smooth, legato line in his singing, with no trace of Sprechgesang. Towards the end of Schorr's career his extreme top notes became somewhat 'wooden', however, as the result of many years of strenuous usage. The son of a cantor (hazzan) Mayer Schorr, who reportedly had a fine voice himself, Schorr was born in Oradea [Nagyvarad at the time]. He studied in Brno and Vienna with Adolf Robinson. He made his stage debut in Graz, singing there in 1912-1916. Afterwards he worked in Prague (1916–1918), Cologne (1918–1923), Berlin (State Opera Unter den
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    Jacques Bouhy

    Jacques Bouhy

    Jacques-Joseph-André Bouhy (18 June 1848 - Paris – 24 January 1929) a Belgian baritone, most famous for being the first to sing the Toreador Song in the role of Escamillo in Carmen. Bouhy was born in Pepinster. After studying at the Liège Conservatory of Music, he made his début at the Paris Opéra as Méphistophélès (Faust) in 1871. He performed at the Opéra-Comique as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen) in 1875. At the Comique he also created the role of Don César de Bazan in 1872. In 1882 he appeared at Covent Garden singing in Faust and Carmen. He spent time in the United States as the first director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City before returning to Paris to sing the High Priest in Samson et Dalila (1890). He was extremely popular with audiences, and counted Massenet among his admirers. Singers taught by him or who received instruction from him include Gervase Elwes, Clara Butt, Louise Kirkby Lunn, Bessie Abbot, Suzanne Adams, Leon Rains, Eva Gauthier, Lillian Blauvelt and Louise Homer. He died at Paris in 1929.
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    Maria Jeritza

    Maria Jeritza

    Maria Jeritza (October 6, 1887 – July 10, 1982), born Marie Jedličková, was a celebrated Moravian soprano singer, long associated with the Vienna State Opera (1912–1935) and the Metropolitan Opera (1921-1932 and 1951). Her sensational rise to fame and spectacular beauty and personality earned her the nickname The Moravian Thunderbolt. Jeritza was born in Brno. In 1910, she made her debut as Elsa, in Wagner's Lohengrin, at Olomouc. The Emperor Franz Josef heard her and immediately commanded that she be offered a contract at the Imperial Hofoper, Vienna. She created the roles of Blanchefleur in Kienzl's opera Der Kuhreigen (1911), Ariadne in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (1912), the Empress in his Die Frau ohne Schatten (1919), and Marie/Marietta in Korngold's Die tote Stadt (1920), the latter also being the role of her debut with the Metropolitan Opera on November 19, 1921. On November 16, 1926, she starred in the title role of Puccini's Turandot in its North American premiere at the Metropolitan, where she also created the title or leading soprano roles in Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa (1924), Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's I gioielli della Madonna (1925), Korngold's Violanta (1927), Richard
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    Simon Keenlyside

    Simon Keenlyside CBE (born 3 August 1959) is a British baritone who has had an active international career performing in operas and concerts since the mid 1980s. Keenlyside was born in London, the son of Raymond and Ann Keenlyside. Raymond played second violin in the Aeolian Quartet, and Ann's father was the violinist Leonard Hirsch. When he was eight, he was enrolled in St John's College School, a boarding school for the child choristers of the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge and spent much of his childhood touring and recording with the choir under the direction of choirmaster George Guest. Keenlyside read zoology at Cambridge University, returning to St John's as a choral scholar, before studying singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After graduation, he won a Peter Moores Foundation scholarship (1985) and chose to join the Royal Northern College of Music to study voice with the baritone John Cameron under whom he developed a love for lieder and German poetry. Keenlyside later said of him: Everyone has to trust a teacher and I trusted John. It is possible to make the Faustian pact of beefing up your voice young. You might survive, but many talented
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    Judith Forst

    Judith Doris Forst, OC OBC (born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian mezzo-soprano. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, she received a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia in 1964. She is the sister-in-law of long time Vancouver radio personality Brian (Frosty) Forst. In 1968 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Forst made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on September 19, 1968 at the age of 24 in the small role of the Page in Rigoletto. Other Met roles include (in chronological order) Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlo, Stéphano in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Mercédès in Bizet's Carmen, Teresa in Bellini's La sonnambula, Siebel in Gounod's Faust, Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Bersi in Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Estrella in Offenbach's La Périchole, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Flora in La traviata, Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffman, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mère Marie in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Kabanicha in Janáček's Káťa Kabanová, Adelaide in Arabella, The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, and Kostelnicka in Jenůfa. In 1991,
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    Anne Evans

    Dame Anne Elizabeth Jane Evans DBE (born 20 August 1941) is an international British operatic soprano. Evans was born in London of Welsh descent. She studied at the Royal College of Music with among others Margaret Cable, and the Geneva Conservatoire. She was accepted into the conservatoire without actually having had any formal training as a singer. For her audition she surprisingly did Carmen. She started out as a mezzo at the Royal College, but one of her teachers immediately recognised her soprano potential. Evans made her debut as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto 1967 in Geneva and went on to make her debut in a leading role in 1968 as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the then Sadler's Wells, later English National Opera in 1968 to critical acclaim. In the early years of her career, she sang many of the leading Puccini and Mozart soprano roles, like Tosca and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. In the late sixties she started to work with the lighter Wagner roles, like Elsa in Lohengrin and Senta in The Flying Dutchman, roles that became her trade mark. However, it was the role of Brünnhilde that would earn her international fame, most notably in the Wagner temple of Bayreuth
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    Lorenzo Salvi

    Lorenzo Salvi

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Lorenzo Salvi (4 May 1810, Ancona - 16 January 1879, Bologna) was an Italian operatic tenor who had a major international opera career during the nineteenth century. He was particularly associated with the operas of Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi; notably singing lead roles is several world premieres by both composers. Salvi studied under Bonaccini in Naples before making his professional opera debut as Cam in the world premiere of Donizetti's Il diluvio universale on 28 February 1830 at the Teatro San Carlo. This was followed by several appearance at the opera house in Zadar in 1830-1831. He then joined the roster of principal singers at the Teatro Valle in Rome, singing there through 1832. While with the company he sang several leading tenor roles, including the title role in Rossini's Otello opposite Maria Malibran as Desdemona and Fernando in the world premiere of Gaetano Donizetti's Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo (1833). Over the next two decades Salvi was one of Italy's leading tenors, singing roles with most of the country's major opera houses. On 21 August 1836 he portrayed Daniele in the world premiere of Donizetti's Betly at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. He went
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    Tamara Sinyavskaya

    • Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
    Tamara Ilyinichna Sinyavskaya (Тамара Ильинична Синявская; born 6 July 1943 in Moscow) is a Russian mezzo soprano from the Bolshoi Theatre. She was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1982, which her husband, Azerbaijani singer Muslim Magomaev, had received in 1973. In 1997, 4981 Sinyavskaya was named in her honor.
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    Thomas John

    Thomas John Charles (1861 ¬タヤ 1960) was an American baritone born in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore. After a successful career in musical comedy he made his operatic debut in Washington in 1924 and later sang with the Royal Opera, Brussels. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1934 in Verdi¬タルs La Traviata, joining the company in 1935. He was well-known as a concert and radio singer, and he appeared in several films. Charles, Thomas John
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    Andrea Zsadon

    Andrea Zsadon (18 October 1946) is Hungarian soprano. Zsadon was born in Debrecen on 18 October 1946, and is married to Tibor Szolnoki. Her only film appearance was in 1984 when she appeared in Az Élet muzsikája - Kálmán Imre.
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    Edda Moser

    Edda Moser (Frau Kammersängerin) (born 27 October 1938) is a German soprano. She was particularly well known for her interpretations of music by Mozart. Her 1973 recital LP "Virtuoso Arias by W. A. Mozart" received the Grand Prix du Disque. Moser was born in Berlin, Germany, she is the daughter of the musicologist Hans Joachim Moser. She studied at the Berlin Conservatory with Hermann Weissenborn and Gerty König and made her debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Berlin Städtische Oper in 1962. After singing in the Wurzburg Opera Chorus from 1962 until 1963, she sang at the opera houses in Hagen, Bielefeld, Hamburg and Frankfurt, before joining the Vienna State Opera in 1971. She also sang in Salzburg. She made her American debut in November 1968, when she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, in the role of Wellgunde in Das Rheingold. She went on to sing various roles there over nine seasons, including the parts of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and the Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), both by Mozart, as well as Liu in Puccini's Turandot. She maintained an extensive repertoire, singing both dramatic coloratura and lirico spinto roles. She played Donna Anna in Joseph
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    Elisabeth Rado

    Elisabeth Radó (29 October 1899 - 3 April 1986) was a Yugoslavian singer and singing teacher. Born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which in the days before WWI was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She studied singing with her adoptive mother, the singer Maria Rado, and like many singers, was attracted to the capital city of Vienna, where she started her career as a concert and opera singer in the 1920’s. She began giving singing lessons in 1931 and became one of the most respected singing teachers in the city. From 1950-1966, she taught singing at the Academy (now: University) of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She died in Vienna, on 3 April 1986. Elisabeth Radó was a woman with strong features, a rather square jaw, and a professorial demeanor. She was a teacher who obviously took her work quite seriously and was highly respected as a voice teacher in Vienna by such professional musicians as Mozart specialist Dr. Ernst Reichert. At one time, she had over 83 students singing in opera theaters throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Not only was Elisabeth Radó a well-known teacher, she also had an excellent reputation as the teacher of many famous singers,
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    Ernst Kozub

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Ernst Kozub (January 24, 1924 – December 27, 1971) was a German tenor and opera singer. Kozub was born in Duisburg, Germany. Though his early death prevented him from fully realising his promise, he stands out as one of the notable heldentenor voices of the 1960s. He is best known for his Wagnerian roles, including Erik in Der fliegende Holländer (which he recorded with Theo Adam and Anja Silja in 1968). Because of the quality of his voice John Culshaw cast him as Siegfried in the Decca recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen, but his ailing health (kept as a secret by him at that time), which prevented him mastering the role within the short period of time given him by Decca led to his unfortunate replacement at the last minute by Wolfgang Windgassen. Kozub died in 1971 in Bad Soden having only performed his last Tannhäuser in Italy 3 weeks before his death.
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    Frances Alda

    Frances Alda

    Frances Alda (31 May 1879– 18 September 1952) was a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised operatic soprano. She achieved fame during the first three decades of the 20th century due to her outstanding singing voice, fine technique and colourful personality, as well as her frequent onstage partnerships at the New York Metropolitan Opera with Enrico Caruso. Alda was born Fanny Jane Davis in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1879. Her father David, wanted her mother, Leonore (née Simonsen), to settle down. But Leonore, a promising singer from a musical family, had other ideas and in 1880, divorced her husband to resume her singing career. Young Fanny spent her early years travelling with her mother on her operatic tours. After false starts in Australasia, she took Fanny and her younger brother to San Francisco in 1883. Leonore Davis remarried but died of peritonitis in December 1884. After her mother's death, Alda was sent to live with her maternal grandparents in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She sang in productions of Gilbert and Sullivan in Melbourne before leaving Australia for Europe at the age of 22 in order to undertake additional study and pursue an international singing career like
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    Heldenbaritone

    A Heldenbaritone is an opera singer, a German dramatic baritone. "Heldenbaritone" (Ger. "Heroic baritone) is a fach (operatic voice type) that is usually associated with the operas of Richard Wagner. It is usually sung by bass-baritones such as Hans Hotter, Theo Adam or Bryn Terfel. Wagner himself calls this voice type "Hoher Bass" (high bass) rather than baritone. In his opera scores he distinguishes between the two so that Wolfram in "Tannhäuser" is labelled "Bariton", whereas Wotan in "Die Walküre" is called "Hoher Bass". Wolfram is a much more lyrical part than Wotan, and normally the same singer would not have both parts on his repertoire. Heldenbaritone parts are different from dramatic baritone parts in Italian operas (such as Scarpia in Puccini's "Tosca" or Iago in Verdi's "Otello") in that the Italian parts have a much higher tessitura and the vocal line is much more like that of a dramatic tenor, whereas the Wagner Heldenbariton is in effect a bass singer with a high register and only occasionally stretch to the high notes of the dramatic Italian baritone. Other Heldenbaritone parts include Kaspar in Weber's "Der Freischütz", Jochanaan in Strauss' "Salome" and the title
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    Isabella Colbran

    Isabella Colbran

    Isabella Colbran (2 February 1785, Madrid—7 October 1845, Bologna) was a Spanish opera singer known in her native country as Isabel Colbrandt. Many sources note her as a dramatic coloratura soprano but some believe that she was a mezzo-soprano with a high extension, a soprano sfogato. She collaborated with opera composer Gioachino Rossini in the creation of a number of roles that remain in the repertory to this day. She was also the composer of four collections of songs. Isabella Colbran, born in Madrid, studied under Girolamo Crescenti in Paris. By the age of twenty she had achieved fame throughout Europe for her voice. She moved to Naples, a hub of European music during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Teatro San Carlo, built during the Bourbon dynasty, had been home to famous singers like the castrato Farinelli and represented a destination venue for talented singers. Isabella Colbran became the prima donna of the Teatro San Carlo company, where she counted among her admirers the King of Naples as well as an adoring public. In time she became the mistress of the theater's impresario, Domenico Barbaia. Barbaia also managed gaming parlours and Colbran, materially well
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    Victor Maurel

    Victor Maurel

    Victor Maurel (born, 17 June 1848 in Marseilles — died, 22 October 1923 in New York City) was a French operatic baritone who enjoyed an international reputation as a great singing-actor. Educated in music and stage craft at the Paris Conservatory, he made his debut in opera at the city of his birth, Marseilles, in 1867. The following year, he performed on stage in Paris for the first time. The city of New York first heard him in 1873, when he performed at the Academy of Music. Later, he would sing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House (in 1894-96 and 1898–99). Other famous venues at which he appeared included London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden—in 1873-79, 1891–95 and 1904—and the Paris Opera, where he was on the roster of singers from 1879 through to 1894. Maurel was renowned in Europe and the United States for his vivid stage presence and exceptional acting and make-up skills; but his voice, while well trained and of good quality, was not considered to be as impressive as that of his chief French baritone rivals, Jean Lassalle (1847–1909) and Maurice Renaud (1861–1933). In 1887, Maurel created the role of Iago in Otello at La Scala, Milan, and then, in 1893, he created the
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    Mario Ancona

    Mario Ancona

    Mario Ancona (28 February 1860 – 23 February 1931), was a leading Italian baritone and master of bel canto singing. He appeared at some of the most important opera houses in Europe and America during what is commonly referred to as the "Golden Age of Opera". Ancona was born into a middle-class Jewish family at Livorno, Tuscany, on 28 February 1860. After embarking on a business career he decided to study voice with a local singing teacher named Matteini in his native city of Livorno. Later, he took lessons from Giuseppe Cima in Milan. Ancona is reputed to have made his debut as an amateur singer as far back as 1880; but according to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera—from which many of the ensuing appearance dates, venues and career highlights are taken—his earliest known professional appearance in an opera did not occur until 1889, when he sang the role of Scindia in Massenet's Le roi de Lahore in Trieste. Not long afterwards, he appeared in another Massenet opera, Le Cid, at Italy's principal theatre—La Scala, Milan. His arrival at La Scala so soon after his debut reflects the excellence of the technical grounding that he must have received as an amateur performer. On 21 May
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    Valentin Adamberger

    Valentin Adamberger

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Valentin Adamberger, also known by his Italian name Adamonti, (22 February 1740 or 6 July 1743 – 24 August 1804) was a German operatic tenor. His voice was universally admired for its pliancy, agility, and precision, and several composers of note, such as Mozart, wrote music specifically for him. Adamberger was born either in Rothenburg, Bavaria in 1740 or in Munich in 1743. Beginning in 1755, he studied singing with Johannes Walleshauser (also known as Giovanni Valesi) while at the Domus Gregoriana, a Jesuit institution in Munich. In 1760 he joined the Kapelle of Duke Clemens and upon the Duke's death in 1770 was taken into the elector's Hofkapelle. He made his opera début at Munich in 1772. This was the beginning of a successful career singing leading tenor roles in opera seria at Modena, Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome. He created roles in operas by J. C. Bach, Giuseppe Sarti, Pietro Guglielmi, Antonio Sacchini, Ferdinando Bertoni and others. The arias they wrote for his voice tended to be moderate in tempo and often were written in B major. Interestingly, many of the composers orchestrated his arias with obbligato clarinets and expressive chromatic inflections. In Rome
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    Baldassare Ferri

    Baldassare Ferri (also spelled Baldassarre) (December 9, 1610 – September 10, 1680) was an Italian castrato singer. He was an Italian male sopranist and one of the most extraordinary singers that ever lived. He is said to have possessed "extraordinary endurance of breath, flexibility of voice and depth of emotion". He was born in Perugia, and at the age of eleven was a chorister to Cardinal Crescenzo, at Orvieto, in whose service he remained until 1655, when the Swedish invasion broke up the court. Four years later the Prince, afterwards Wladislaus IV., of Poland, secured Ferri's services for the Court of Sigismund III., at Warsaw. In 1655 the singer entered the service of the Emperor at Vienna. He received many honors from royalty and the nobles of various countries, and was one of the most renowned singers of his time. In 1654 he journeyed to Sweden to sing by request before Queen Christine, his voice even then being famous throughout Europe. He was made a knight of St. Mark of Venice in 1643, sonnets were written in his honor, and he was crowned by his countrymen with roses. Five years before his death Ferri returned to his native country. He died exceedingly rich and left a
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    Dan Beddoe

    Dan Beddoe (March 16, 1863 – December 26, 1937) was a popular Welsh tenor. Beddoe was born in Aberdare. Some of his recordings can still be heard. Sample of music titles. Irish love song May 19, 1911. Yesterday and today June 24, 1913. A moonlight song July 21, 1913. A heart like thine 1922 El bruns Feb 23, 1928.
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    Ewa Podleś

    Ewa Podleś

    Ewa Podleś (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɛva ˈpɔdlɛɕ]; born on April 26, 1952 in Warsaw) is an internationally celebrated Polish coloratura contralto with more than three octave vocal range (from a low A2 up to soprano high E flat) and great vocal agility. Due to the specific color, huge range and dexterousness of her voice, 

she is widely recognized as the most authentic contralto in the world by a lot of famous academic journals and newspapers such as Opera International, The New York Times, Opera News and The Financial Times. After studying at the Warsaw Academy of Music under Madame Bolechowska, Podleś made her stage debut as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville in 1975. Podleś made her Metropolitan Opera debut on February 14, 1984, singing the title role in Handel's Rinaldo, but only for a few performances that year (from which only two were in the Met's House), and was notably absent from the Met for more than 24 years, since then pursuing her career elsewhere and performing regularly at all other major opera houses in Europe and America. In May 2003, she was in a car accident in Santa Fe, New Mexico and suffered a broken arm. Her return to the Met took place on September
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    Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

    Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Giacomo Lauri-Volpi (December 11, 1892–March 17, 1979) was an Italian tenor with a lyric-dramatic voice of exceptional range and technical facility. He performed throughout Europe and the Americas in a top-class career that spanned 40 years. Born in Lanuvio, Italy, he was orphaned at the age of 11. After completing his secondary education at the seminary at Albano and graduating from the University of Rome La Sapienza, he began vocal studies under the great 19th-century baritone Antonio Cotogni at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. His nascent singing career was put on hold, however, by the outbreak of World War I in 1914, during which he served with the Italian armed forces. The war over, he made a successful operatic debut as Arturo in Bellini’s I Puritani in Viterbo, Italy, on September 2, 1919—performing under the name Giacomo Rubini, after Bellini’s favorite tenor, Giovanni Battista Rubini. Four months later, on January 3, 1920, he scored another success, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, this time performing under his own name opposite Rosina Storchio and Ezio Pinza in Massenet's Manon. Lauri-Volpi was widely acclaimed for his performances at Italy's most
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    Heather Harper

    Heather Harper CBE (born 8 May 1930) is a Northern Ireland-born British operatic soprano. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1930, where she received her early musical training. She studied piano at the Trinity College of Music in London, with voice as a second subject, and sang with the BBC chorus. Her professional debut came in 1954 in Medea at the Oxford University Opera Club. From 1956 to 1975, she was a member of the English Opera Group. She is noted for her performance of Elsa in Wagner's Lohengrin, the title role in Strauss's Arabella, Ellen Orford in Britten's Peter Grimes, and the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw. She appeared at Covent Garden, Bayreuth, San Francisco and the Metropolitan Opera (Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and in Peter Grimes). Harper has also had an extensive concert career, including singing in the premiere of Britten's War Requiem in 1962, famously substituting for Galina Vishnevskaya on 10 days' notice. In 1965 she was the soprano soloist in only the second UK performance (and only the fourth performance in the work's history) of Delius's Requiem, in Liverpool, under Charles Groves. She sang in it again in 1968 in
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    Ivo Posti

    Ivo Posti

    Ivo Posti (born 1975) is an Estonian countertenor. Ivo Posti at first studied history in the Estonian University of Tartu and became a teacher of Political Science. Between 1996–2001, he studied singing with Aino Kôiv at the Heino Eller Music School in Tartu, and from 2001 until 2007, he studied at Royal Conservatory of The Hague where his teachers were Rita Dams and Barbara Pearson. He has also studied with Marius van Altena and Diane Forlano and has had masterclasses with Taru Valjakka, Thomas Wiedenhofer, Michael Chance, Jill Feldman, Rick Harrell, Niels Muus, Brian Masuda and Roberta Alexander. Ivo Posti has given concerts in Estonia and abroad. He has also won many prizes in different competitions (both as a pop singer and an opera singer). Since 2005 Posti has organized masterclasses for classical singers in Tartu. In the 2007–2008 season, Posti was a member of Opera Studio Nederland. In January 2008 he debuted in co-operation with the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, where he performed the role of The Spirit in Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell in Opéra de Lille and Grand Théâtre de Provence (conducted by Kenneth Weiss). In the season 2008-2009 he sang the role of Grazia
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    Stuart Burrows

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Stuart Burrows OBE (born 7 February 1933) is a Welsh operatic tenor. The Cilfynydd-born singer scaled the peaks of musical distinction during his lengthy career which saw him give up teaching to pursue a new life on the opera stage. He was of a unique pedigree, having been born in William Street, which was the same birthplace as fellow opera star Sir Geraint Evans, Welsh rugby international Glyn Davies and politician Lord Merlyn-Rees. He began his working career as a teacher in Bargoed but his magnificent talent as a tenor soon brought him enduring fame and good fortune. His recitals included works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, Sullivan, Adams, Tippett, Tchaikovsky, Mallote, Mahler, Offenbach and Handel. He has earned worldwide recognition for being adept at oratorios, operas and specialising in the music of Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti and especially Mozart, earning him the title of "The King of Mozart". It was a far cry from the days when he sang as a boy soprano from his bedroom window to neighbours on the street below. As a member of the congregation at the local Bethel Chapel he first performed as a soloist by singing "Bless This House". He occupied the top rung of the
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    Yoko Watanabe

    Yoko Watanabe (渡辺 葉子, Watanabe Yōko, 1953 – July 15, 2004) was a Japanese operatic soprano who spent much of her career singing the title role of Madame Butterfly all over Europe. She was also known for her large repertoire including such works as Micaela in Carmen, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Marguerite in Faust and Amelia in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Watanabe died after a long battle with cancer in her Milan home at the age of 51. Yoko graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1976 then she left for Italy to study opera. She spent two years at an institute tied to La Scala, Milan's opera house . In 1978, the 25-year-old Ms. Watanabe made her debut in Europe, then mostly performed in Italy. She returned to Japan in 1985 for her much-celebrated first performance at home with the Fujiwara Opera troupe, as Butterfly in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." It was to be her signature role.
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    Ann Murray

    Ann Murray

    Ann Murray, DBE, is an Irish mezzo-soprano. She was born on 27 August 1949, in Dublin. She studied with Frederic Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music and made her stage debut as Alcestis in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Alceste in 1974. She has since sung at all major opera houses and is particularly noted for her performances in works by George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss. Murray performs mainly at Covent Garden (where she performed as Siphare in Mitridate Rè di Ponto), the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera (where she was made Kammersängerin in 1998). Murray was the featured singer in volume three of the Hyperion Schubert Edition, Hyperion Records' complete Franz Schubert lieder project, in 1988, led by pianist Graham Johnson. In 2002, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music. Not being a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, the award was honorary rather than substantive. This means she can use the postnominal "DBE", but can't use as Dame Ann Murray. Murray maintains her links with Ireland and is the Patron of the 'Young Associate Artists Programme' of the Dublin-based Opera
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    Carol Plantamura

    Carol Plantamura

    Carol Plantamura (b. February 8, 1941, Los Angeles, California) is an American soprano specializing in 17th and 20th century music. She graduated from Occidental College and was an original member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Creative Associates at SUNY Buffalo, under the direction of Lukas Foss. She has collaborated with such composers as Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Vinko Globokar, Pauline Oliveros, Lukas Foss, Betsy Jolas, Will Ogdon, Bernard Rands, Frederic Rzewski, and Robert Erickson. Beginning in 1966, she was an original member of the improvising electronic music collective Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, Italy. From 1971 to 1984, Plantamura was active as a founding member, along with countertenor-composer John Patrick Thomas, cellist Marijke Verberne, and harpsichordist William Christie, of The Five Centuries Ensemble. The group combined early music with contemporary works (many written expressly for the ensemble) in concerts and radio broadcasts throughout Europe and America and on tours in Australia and New Zealand. Plantamura appears in six recordings of 17th century Italian vocal music that The Five Centuries Ensemble made for the Fonit Cetra/Italia label in
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    John Charles Thomas

    John Charles Thomas

    John Charles Thomas (September 6, 1891 – December 13, 1960) was a popular American opera, operetta and concert baritone. John Charles Thomas was born in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a Methodist minister of Welsh descent while his mother, of German immigrant stock, had been an amateur singer. After studying initially for a medical career, Thomas won a scholarship to the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 1910. He remained there for two years, receiving vocal tuition from Adelin Fermin. In 1912, Thomas left the Peabody and toured briefly with a musical troupe. He then went to live in New York City, where he performed with a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta company before being contracted by the Shubert brothers to perform in the show The Peasant Girl, which opened in March 1913. For the next nine years, he starred in a series of hit Broadway musicals including Her Soldier Boy, Maytime, Naughty Marietta, and Apple Blossoms (with Fred and Adele Astaire). Thomas sang in a concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko at New York's Carnegie Hall in December 1924. His debut in a fully staged opera occurred in March 1925, as Amonasro in a production of Verdi's Aida,
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    Michael Sylvester

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Michael Lane Sylvester (b. 21 August 1951, Noblesville, Indiana) is a retired lyric spinto operatic tenor. Michael Sylvester, a native of Indiana, holds a B.M. from Westminster Choir College and a M.M. from Indiana University. He studied with the famed Wagnerian soprano Margaret Harshaw from 1974 until her death in 1997. Being a Metropolitan Opera National Council winner in 1986, Michael Sylvester performed with the company between 1991 and 2000. His roles there included Rodolfo from Verdi's Luisa Miller, Don Carlo from Verdi's opera of the same name, Lt. Pinkerton from Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Radames from Verdi's Aida, Calaf from Puccini's Turandot, and Gabriele Adorno from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Sylvester retired from professional singing in May 2001.
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    Sybil Sanderson

    Sybil Sanderson

    Sibyl Sanderson (December 7, 1864 – May 16, 1903) was a famous American operatic soprano during the Parisian Belle Époque. She was born in Sacramento, California, in the United States. Sibyl's father Silas Sanderson was a California politician and lawyer; after serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, he became a highly-paid legal advisor to the Southern Pacific Railroad. After his death in 1886, she and her mother moved to Paris and became transplanted socialites. Sanderson proved to be a remarkably gifted singer and began to appear on the stages of the Opéra-Comique, and later Opéra, in Paris, most notably in the works of Jules Massenet. She was his favorite soprano and appeared in the premieres of a number of his operas, the roles having been created for her unique talents (her professional debut took place in Paris in the title role in Esclarmonde). She was also a famous interpreter of Manon, Massenet's most enduring opera. Sanderson was also admired by Camille Saint-Saëns, who wrote the title role in Phryné for her. Success outside of Paris was elusive for Sanderson; she appeared at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera (debut in title role of Manon on
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    Tomislav Mužek

    Tomislav Mužek (born 28 May 1976) is a Croatian tenor and opera singer. He studied in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts and made his professional debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1999. Was an ensemblemember of the Bremen Stadttheater from 2000-2002 where he sung roles as: Don Ottavio, Ferrando, Tamino, Alfredo, Rodolfo. Now he is performing as a freelancer singing major lyric tenor parts in opera houses as: Teatro alla Scala Milan, Opéra Bastille Paris, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Bayreuther Festspiele, Semperoper Dresden, Opernhaus Zürich. He is represented by the Opera & Concert agency.
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    Georges Thill

    Georges Thill

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Georges Thill (14 December 1897 – 17 October 1984) was a French opera singer, often considered to be his country's greatest lyric-dramatic tenor. Born in Paris, his career lasted from 1924 to 1953, peaking during the 1930s. A pupil of the Neapolitan tenor Fernando De Lucia (1860–1925), Thill made his opera debut at the Paris Opéra in 1924, and he continued to appear there and at the Opéra-Comique for several decades, undertaking a busy schedule of performances. In addition, he sang throughout Europe and in South America, receiving the acclaim of audiences and critics at La Scala, Milan, the Rome Opera, the Verona Arena, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. He also gave 14 performances, of seven roles, across two seasons (1931–1932), at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; but he had difficulty fitting in with the unfamiliar American cultural environment, experiencing health difficulties, and he was less well received by the Met's patrons as a consequence. His voice began to show signs of decline during the 1940s and he retired from the stage in 1953. He died in 1984 in Draguignan. Chronologically, Thill's
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    Enrico Tamberlik

    Enrico Tamberlik

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Enrico Tamberlik (March 16, 1820 - March 13, 1889) was an Italian tenor who sang to great acclaim at Europe and America's leading opera venues. He excelled in the heroic roles of the Italian and French repertories and was renowned for his powerful declamation and clarion high notes. Born in Rome, some sources claim that Tamberlik might have been of Romanian descent and that his real name was Nikita Torna. Nonetheless, his vocal training was entirely Italian. He studied first in Naples with Zirilli and Borgna, then in Bologna with Guglielmi, and finally in Milan with De Abella. The budding tenore robusto made his debut in concert in 1837, and later graced the operatic stage for the first time at the Teatro Apollo in Rome, as Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia and as Arnoldo in Guglielmo Tell. He subsequently appeared at the Teatro Fondo in Naples in 1841, under the name Enrico Danieli, as Tybalt in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and during the 1842-43 season, made his debut at the Teatro San Carlo, under the name Enrico Tamberlik (which he used henceforth). He appeared, too, in Madrid and Barcelona. In 1850, Tamberlik debuted at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, as Masaniello in
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    Håkan Hagegård

    Håkan Hagegård (born 25 November 1945 in Karlstad, Sweden) is a Swedish operatic baritone. Hagegård studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and has performed on stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the London Royal Opera House, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Sydney Opera House, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera (Così fan tutte conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt), and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He played the role of Papageno in Ingmar Bergman's acclaimed film version of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Trollflöjten, 1975). He sang the baritone solos in choral conductor Robert Shaw's acclaimed and highly popular 1980 recording of Carmina Burana, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In 1985 he was appointed vocalist to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Music. Hagegård also holds a Professorship in Vocal Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. He has premiered notable song cycles by such prominent composers as Dominick Argento and Stephen Paulus.
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    Kulyash Baiseitova

    Kulyash Baiseitova (Kazakh: Күләш Жасынқызы Бәйсейітова; Russian: Куляш Жасымовна Байсеитова; 2 May [O.S. 20 April] 1905 in Verny, current Almaty – 6 June 1957 in Moscow) was a Soviet Kazakh opera singer. She was one of the 13 original recipients of the award of People's Artist of the USSR in 1936.
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    Regina Resnik

    Regina Resnik (born August 30, 1922) is an American operatic singer. Regina Resnik, an American mezzo-soprano, started a dramatic career ten months after earning her B.A. in Music at Hunter College. The role was Lady Macbeth under Fritz Busch in December, 1942 with the New Opera Company. A few months later, she sang Fidelio and Micaela under Erich Kleiber in Mexico City. In between she sang Santuzza with the fledgling New York City Opera and, performing "Ernani, Involami", won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and her contract with that company for the 1944-45 season. Miss Resnik's debut at the great theater was doubly dramatic - on one day's notice she substituted for Zinka Milanov as Leonora in Il trovatore eliciting acclaim from the public, the critics noting that all the vocal "virtuosity" and her stage presence as an actress were very impressive. During the next decade, she offered twenty heroines: Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fidelio, Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Gutrune (Götterdämmerung), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Rosalinda, Eboli (Don Carlo), Aida, Alice Ford (Falstaff), Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Musetta (La bohème). She was the Met's first
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    Rosina Storchio

    Rosina Storchio

    Rosina Storchio (19 January 1876 – 24 July 1945) was an important Italian lyric soprano who starred in the world premieres of operas by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Mascagni and Giordano. Renowned throughout her homeland for her vivacious acting and sparkling stage presence, she possessed a smallish voice which deteriorated prematurely due to hard use, over-parting, and flaws in her technique. Born in Venice, Storchio studied at the Milan Conservatory before making her operatic debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at Milan’s Teatro Dal Verme in 1892. Three years later, she debuted at Italy's most famous opera house, La Scala, Milan, performing in Massenet’s Werther. Milan became her home base from then on, but she also appeared during the pre-World War I period at theatres in other key Italian cities, including Rome and her native Venice. She toured South America and Spain, too, and undertook singing engagements in Paris and Moscow, unwisely venturing parts as heavy as that of Tosca in Puccini's opera of the same name. In 1921, by which time her voice was in marked decline, she sang in Chicago and New York City. Her final public performance was as Cio-Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
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    Thomas Edmonds

    Thomas Edmonds, (AM, BA, DipEd, DipT, MACE), is an Australian singer who was born in South Australia, Australia. He graduated from the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Teachers College with a Diploma of Teaching and Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1961 he became a foundation member of the staff of Westminster School in Marion, and in 1965, he was appointed Deputy Headmaster of the School. Edmonds began his singing studies in Australia in 1960 and, in 1970, he continued both singing and education studies in England and Europe. An internationally renowned opera singer, he has appeared in oratorios and many operas, including Mozart operas Don Giovanni (as "Don Ottavio"), and The Abduction From the Seraglio (as "Belmonte"), amongst others. He also appeared in State Opera of South Australia production of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" (as "Ralph Rackstraw"), with Dennis Olsen (as "Sir Joseph Porter, KGB") and Judith Henley (as "Josephine"). The production was broadcast, throughout Australia, as a simultaneous television and stereo radio broadcast, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Edmonds has sung in opera at Covent Garden and the
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    Tony Azito

    Tony Azito (July 18, 1948 – May 26, 1995) was an American eccentric dancer and character actor. During his career, he was best known for comic and grotesque parts, which were accentuated by his lanky, hyperextended body. Azito was part of Juilliard's famous "Group I," the first students admitted to the drama program administered by John Houseman. His fellow students included Patti LuPone and Kevin Kline. Soon after arriving, Azito fell under the influence of choreographer Anna Sokolow and began studying modern dance — although, at six-foot-three (190 cm), Azito was an unusual candidate for dance training. (There was another dancer in the family: Azito's younger brother, Arturo Azito, performed with Eliot Feld and the Boston Ballet.) This newfound interest in dance aggravated Houseman, who was apparently anxious about the number of gay men in Group I and had already clashed with Azito over a cross-dressing incident. Partly as a result of his conflict with Houseman, Azito left Juilliard without taking a degree and, as "Antonio Azito," spent two years performing in Sokolow's company. Returning to drama in the mid-1970s, Azito began working in avant-garde off- and off-off-Broadway
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    Caffarelli

    Caffarelli

    Gaetano Majorano (12 April 1710 – 31 January 1783) was an Italian castrato and opera singer, who took his stage name Caffarelli from Domenico Caffaro, his patron. Like Farinelli, Caffarelli was a student of Nicola Porpora. Caffarelli was born in Bitonto. He was one of the rare documented cases of a child so enamoured of singing that he asked to be castrated. When aged ten, he was given the income from two vineyards owned by his grandmother, so that he could study grammar and, especially, music: "to which he is said to have a great inclination, desiring to have himself castrated and become an eunuch". He became the favourite pupil of his master Porpora, of whom it is said that, having kept the young Caffarelli working from one sheet of exercises for six years, he eventually declared: "Go, my son: I have no more to teach you. You are the greatest singer in Europe". In 1726 he made his debut at Rome in Domenico Sarro's Valdemaro, singing in a female role (as did many castrati at the start of their careers). His fame spread rapidly throughout Italy during the 1730s, with performances at Venice, Turin, Milan, Florence, before returning to Rome for a great success in Johann Adolf Hasse's
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    Allan Monk

    Allan James Monk, OC (born August 19, 1942 in Mission, British Columbia) is a Canadian baritone singer. He appeared in the 1982 film adaptation of La Traviata. Monk was born in Mission, British Columbia and grew up in Burnaby, British Columbia, where both of his parents were involved in a musical chorus where Monk was first exposed to opera. He moved with his family to Calgary, where he participated in summer programs at the Banff School of Fine Arts. His first principal role was with the San Francisco Opera in 1966. He moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in the mid-1970s to be able to perform with the Metropolitan Opera. In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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    Caroline Unger

    Caroline Unger

    Caroline Unger (sometimes "Ungher") (October 28, 1803 – March 23, 1877) was an Austro-Hungarian contralto. Born in Vienna, she studied in Italy; among her teachers were Aloysia Weber Lange and Domenico Ronconi. Her stage debut, in her native city, came in 1821, when she performed in Mozart's Così fan tutte, a performance for which Franz Schubert had briefly served as her répétiteur. Three years later she sang in the first performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis. She performed a great deal in Italy; among the operas written for her were Vincenzo Bellini's La straniera (1829, Milan), Gaetano Donizetti's Parisina (1833, Florence), Belisario (1836, Venice), Maria de Rudenz (1838, Venice), and Saverio Mercadante's Le due illustre rivali (1838, Venice). Unger had a great success at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris in 1833. In 1841 she married François Sabatier and retired from the stage. She is memorable for her part in the famous anecdote regarding the applause at the premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony – it was reportedly she who turned the completely deaf composer around to receive his audience's thunderous applause. Unger died in Florence in 1877.
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    Kevin Kline

    Kevin Kline

    Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an American stage and film actor. An Academy Award winner for his supporting role in the comedy hit Fish Called Wanda, AA Fish Called Wanda, he also won two Tony Awards and was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and an Emmy Award. Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Peggy (née Delaney) and Robert Joseph Kline. His father was a classical music lover and an amateur opera singer who owned and operated The Record Bar, a record store in St. Louis that opened in the early '40s, and sold toys during the '60s and '70s; his father's family also owned Kline's Inc., a department store chain. Kline has described his mother as the "dramatic theatrical character in our family." Kline's father was Jewish, from a family that had emigrated from Germany; Kline's mother was of Irish descent, the daughter of an emigrant from County Louth. Kline was raised in his mother's Catholic religion (his father had become an agnostic). He has three siblings, Alex, Christopher, and Kate. Kline graduated from the Catholic Saint Louis Priory School in 1965; in 1997, the school named its new auditorium the Kevin Kline Theater, and
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    Margaret Lattimore

    Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Margaret Lattimore has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Dallas Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Berkshire Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Central City Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Austin Lyric Opera, and Netherlands Opera amongst others. After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at the tender age of 24, Miss Lattimore became a member of the Lindemann Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program. In October of that same year, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Dorotea in Stiffelio\t with Placido Domingo. Other Metropolitan Opera roles include Meg Page in Falstaff and Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby both under the baton of the James Levine. The florid music of Rossini has always been present in Ms. Lattimore¬タルs career and she has sung the roles of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in La Cenerentola in nearly 25 companies across North America. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe has written of her work, ¬タワThe undisputed star of the occasion was mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore, who has it all looks, intelligence, musicianship, personality,
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    Mary Lou Fallis

    Mary Lou Fallis CM (born April 22, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian opera singer. She performs both serious opera and comedic shows as the character Primadonna, a satirical take on popular stereotypes of opera divas. Fallis began her education as a singer with her grandmother, Jennie Bouck. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and teaches at the University of Western Ontario. Recently she was a judge on Bathroom Divas: So You Want To Be An Opera Star?. In 2011, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for her contributions, as a performer and broadcaster, in making classical music more accessible to Canadians across the country."
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    Pierrette Alarie

    • Voice Type: Coloratura Soprano
    Pierrette Alarie, CC, CQ (November 9, 1921 – July 10, 2011) was a French Canadian coloratura soprano. She was married to the French-Canadian tenor Léopold Simoneau. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Alarie was the daughter of a choirmaster, assistant conductor of the Société Canadienne d'opérettes, and of a soprano and actress. She studied voice and acting early and performed on radio from the age of 9, first as an actress and later as a singer of popular music. While studying voice with Victor Issaurel, she made her debut in 1938 at Les Variétés lyriques in the operetta The White Horse Inn. She also sang Marie in La fille du régiment and the lead role in Mireille. On a scholarship she went to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to complete her studies with Elisabeth Schumann. Alarie won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and made her Metropolitan Opera debut on December 8, 1945, as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera under Bruno Walter. She spent three seasons at the Met singing Olympia Les contes d'Hoffmann, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, etc. She married French Canadian tenor Léopold Simoneau in 1946. The two had met in Montréal in the early 1940s. The couple left
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    Russell Braun

    Russell Braun (born 19 July 1965) is a Canadian operatic lyric baritone. Much sought-after as a soloist and for opera roles, Russell Braun performs regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, l'Opéra de Paris, the San Diego Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Braun is a graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and lives in Toronto. He is the son of famous Canadian baritone Victor Braun.
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    Agnes Nicholls

    Agnes Nicholls (14 July 1876 [some sources say 1877] – 21 September 1959) was one of the greatest English sopranos of the 20th century, both in the concert hall and on the operatic stage. Born in Cheltenham in the picturesque Cotswolds, Nicholls was the daughter of a music-loving draper. She received her early education at Bedford High School where she started singing lessons with Dr H. Alfred Harding. In 1894, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where her teacher was Albert Visetti. During her student years she took the part of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and sang three times in front of Queen Victoria at private functions. Nicholls' voice matured into an impressive, dramatic-sized instrument. Her operatic roles ranged from major Wagner and Mozart parts through to the Dewman in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. Among her celebrated Wagnerian assumptions were Venus in Tannhäuser, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Brünnhilde in Siegfried. In 1908, she participated in a notable production of Wagner's Ring Cycle, led by the eminent Hans Richter. Nicholls sang with the Quinlan Opera Company during its 1912 tour of Australia. She was a frequent performer at the Royal Opera
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    Lucia Aliberti

    Lucia Aliberti (born 17 September 1961 in Messina) is a Sicilian soprano opera singer. She performed the bel canto roles of Bellini, Gioacchino Rossini, Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Vivaldi, Mercadante, etc. A dramatic soprano, Lucia Aliberti was awarded a diploma with full marks from the Conservatory while still very young. She then completed her studies in Rome with Maestro Luigi Ricci and continued the study with Alfredo Kraus. She is considered one of the most complete artists of the new generation. Musician and composer, while studying singing, she was also studying the piano and other musical instruments (guitar, accordion, violin, mandolin). She has composed many pieces for piano, clarinet, flute and singing. She began her artistic career in Spoleto at the "Festival dei Due Mondi", under the direction of Giancarlo Menotti. She has sung in the world's major theatres: Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Washington Opera, Covent Garden in London, the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, the Munich State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Staatstheater in Stuttgart, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Oper der Stadt Köln, Konzerthaus Die Glocke Bremen, Alte Oper Frankfurt, the
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    Marjana Lipovšek

    Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo soprano) is an opera and concert singer. The daughter of composer Marijan Lipovšek, she was born on December 3, 1946 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has sung in the film soundtracks of Jakob the Liar and The Grey Zone. Notable stage appearances include Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die Walküre and Tristan und Isolde.
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    Theo Adam

    Theo Adam (born 1 August 1926) is a distinguished German classical bass-baritone who had an active international career in operas, concerts, and recitals from the 1940s through the 1990s. He particularly excelled in portraying roles from the operas of Richard Wagner. On the concert stage, he was a much admired Bach singer and also drew acclaim for his interpretation of the title character of Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah. Born in Dresden, Adam sang with the Dresdner Kreuzchor as a boy. He studied singing with Rudolf Dietrich between 1946 and 1949. He made his professional opera debut in his native city as the Hermit in Der Freischütz at the Semperoper in 1949. In 1952 he joined the roster of singers at the Berlin State Opera. That same year he made his first appearance at the Bayreuth Festival in a small role. He returned annually to Bayreuth for many years, taking on the role of Heinrich der Vogler in Lohengrin in 1954, Titurel (and one of the Gralsritter) in Parsifal in the same year, Fasolt in Das Rheingold in 1958, and Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1963. He eventually added Amfortas in Parsifal, Hans Sachs and Veit Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the title role
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    Adelaide Phillips

    Adelaide Phillips

    Adelaide Phillips (October 26, 1833 – October 3, 1882), American contralto singer, was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, her family emigrating to America in 1840. Her mother taught dancing, and Adelaide began a career on the Boston stage at ten years old. But in 1850 her talent for singing became evident, and through Jenny Lind and others she was sent to London and to Italy to study. In 1855 she returned to America an accomplished vocalist; and for many years she was the leading American contralto, equally successful in oratorio and on the concert platform. She died at Carlsbad.
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    James Morris

    James Morris (born 10 January 1947) is a leading American opera singer with a bass-baritone voice. He is best known for his interpretation of the taxing role of Wotan in Richard Wagner's operatic cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen. The Metropolitan Opera video recording of the complete cycle with Morris as Wotan has been described as an "exceptional issue on every count." James Morris was born in Baltimore, where he studied voice with Rosa Ponselle and at the Peabody Conservatory . He also studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He made his debut with the Baltimore opera in 1967 as Crespel in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann (which starred Beverly Sills and Norman Treigle). He first appeared at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1971 as the King in Verdi's Aïda. He went on to establish himself as one of the most versatile male opera singers in the world, performing a repertoire ranging from Mozart through Verdi and Wagner to Benjamin Britten. But of all the parts he has sung, Wotan remains his signature role. Indeed, he was considered one of the best two or three Wotans in the world during his heyday. On his 61st birthday, in January 2008, he reprised that role in a
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    Kathleen Battle

    Kathleen Battle

    Kathleen Deanna Battle (born August 13, 1948), is an African-American operatic light lyric-coloratura soprano known for her agile and light voice and her silvery, pure tone. Battle initially became known for her work within the concert repertoire through performances with major orchestras during the early and mid 1970s. She made her opera debut in 1975. Battle expanded her repertoire into lyric soprano and coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Although she no longer appears in operas, she remains active in concert and recital performances. Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, USA, the youngest of seven children. Her father was a steelworker, and her mother was an active participant in the gospel music of the family's African Methodist Episcopal church. Battle attended Portsmouth High School where her music teacher and mentor was Charles P. (Phil) Varney. In a Time Magazine interview with music critic Michael Walsh, he recalled first hearing the eight-year old Battle sing, describing her as "this tiny little thing singing so beautifully." "I went to her later", Varney recalled, "and told her God had blessed her, and she must always sing." In that same interview,
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    Valerian Ruminski

    Valerian Ruminski (born 1967, Buffalo, New York) is an American bass singer. He attended SUNY Buffalo and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He apprenticed with the Santa Fe and Chautauqua Operas and has performed with the NYC Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera, Opéra de Montréal, New Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv), Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Syracuse Opera, Opera de Monte Carlo, Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer and the El Paso Opera. His roles have included Ferrando/Il Trovatore, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Sarastro/The Magic Flute, Betto/Gianni Schicchi, Inspector Budd/Albert Herring, Lt. Ratcliffe/Billy Budd, Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Fenicio/Ermione and Frank/Die Fledermaus Mr. Ruminski is a recipient of a Richard Tucker Career Grant, a Lincoln Center Martin Segal Award, a William Mattheus Sullivan Foundation Grant, a 2004 Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, a Liederkranz Prize, 1st Prize in the MacAllister Singing Competition, 1st Prize in the NJ Verismo Competition, 1st Prize in the Marcella Sembrich Competition in NYC, 1st Prize in the DiPanni Bel Canto Comoetition in Rhode Island, 1st Prize in the NYSTA
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    Adolphe Nourrit

    Adolphe Nourrit

    Adolphe Nourrit (3 March 1802 – 8 March 1839) was a French operatic tenor, librettist, and composer. One of the most esteemed opera singers of the 1820s and 1830s, he was particularly associated with the works of Gioachino Rossini. Nourrit was born and raised in Montpellier, Hérault. His father, Louis Nourrit (1780–1831), was a well known operatic tenor and diamond merchant. Louis' example deeply influenced Adolphe (and Adolphe's brother Auguste, who would also become a tenor). Adolphe studied singing and musical theory with his father and then, despite his father's objections, took lessons with Manuel del Pópulo Vicente García. He began his performing career shortly after finishing his studies with García, which lasted for 18 months. Not yet 20 years of age, Adolphe Nourrit made his professional operatic debut in 1821 as Pylades in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride. In 1826, he succeeded his father as the principal tenor at the Paris Opéra, a position he held until 1836. While at the Opéra, he became a pupil of Gioachino Rossini with whom he would work frequently. Nourrit created all principal tenor roles in Rossini's French operas, namely Néocles in Le siège de Corinthe (1826),
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    André Turp

    André Turp (December 21, 1925, Montreal - February 25, 1991, Montreal) was a Canadian tenor, particularly associated with the French and Italian repertories. André Turp took private voice lessons with Édouard Woolley and Frank H. Rowe, before entering the Montreal Music Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Ruzena Herlinger. He was then awarded a grant and went to Italy to study with Hélène Vita. He made his stage debut in 1950 in operettas with the "Variétés Lyriques", in Montreal. He also took part in several programs with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His true operatic debut took place in 1956, at New Orleans, where he sang Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. He then appeared with the Opera Guild of Montreal, in the late 1950s, as Macduff in Macbeth, and Fenton in Falstaff. His major breakthrough came in London, at the Royal Opera House, where he made his debut on February 5, 1960, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, opposite Joan Sutherland. He was to appear with that company for several seasons in numerous roles including; the Duke of Mantua, Alfredo, Turridu, Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, etc. He was invited to the Glyndebourne Festival
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    Birgit Finnilä

    Birgit Finnilä (born January 20, 1931) is a Swedish contralto and opera singer. Finnilä was born in Falkenberg, Sweden and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She made her operatic debut in Göteborg in 1963. Though principally singing concert works, her operatic roles include parts in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Handel’s Flavio, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Wagner’s Ring cycle.
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    Gladys Swarthout

    Gladys Swarthout

    Gladys Swarthout (b. December 25, 1900, Deepwater, Missouri - d. July 7, 1969, Florence, Italy) was an American mezzo-soprano opera singer. Note: Various sources differ in the year of her birth, many indicate 1904, a few 1898, but her obituary and gravestone indicate 1900. While studying at the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago, a group of friends arranged an audition for her with the Chicago Civic Opera Company. Much to her surprise, she ended up with a contract, though at the time she didn't know a single operatic role. By her debut a few months later, she had memorized 23 parts and participated in over half of the season's operas. She sang for the Ravinia Opera Company of Chicago for three seasons. In 1929, she made her debut with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company, where she was a participant for several decades. She regularly worked eight hours a day with vocal coaches, and would spend an hour or more singing duets with her husband. She also advocated inflating balloons and blowing bubbles to strengthen the chest. She starred in five films for Paramount Pictures, including Rose of the Rancho, Romance in the Dark, Give Us This Night and Ambush. For the movie Champagne
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    Helga Meyer

    Helga D. Meyer (12 February 1942 – 24 March 2000) was a German opera singer. She taught voice at Mary Washington College for many years; in 1977 she was a singer in the opera of Salzburg. Meyer died aged 58 of colon cancer in Arlington, Virginia. Her daughters are Sandra Bullock (born 1964) and Gesine Bullock-Prado (born 1970). At the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010, Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Blind Side, where she thanked her as "Helga B."
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    Jarmila Novotná

    Jarmila Novotná

    Jarmila Novotná (September 23, 1907, in Prague – February 9, 1994, in New York City) was a celebrated Czech soprano and actress and, from 1940 to 1956, a star of the Metropolitan Opera. A student of Emmy Destinn, Novotná made her operatic debut at the Prague Opera House, on June 28, 1925, as Marenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride. Six days later, she sang there as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. In 1928 she starred in Verona as Gilda opposite Giacomo Lauri-Volpi in Verdi's Rigoletto and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Adina opposite Tito Schipa in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. In 1929 she joined the Kroll Opera in Berlin, where she sang Violetta as well as the title roles of Puccini's Manon Lescaut and Madama Butterfly. In 1934 she left Berlin for Vienna, where she created the title role in Lehár's Giuditta. Her immense success in that role led to a contract with the Vienna State Opera, where she was named Kammersängerin. She appeared as Pamina in the 1937 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In the orchestra pit was the young Georg Solti, who played the glockenspiel in the opera. On January 5, 1940, she made her debut with
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    Lillian Nordica

    Lillian Nordica

    Lillian Nordica (December 12, 1857 – May 10, 1914) was an American opera singer who had a major stage career in Europe and her native country. Nordica established herself as one of the foremost dramatic sopranos of the late 19th century and early 20th century due to the high quality of her powerful yet flexible voice and her ability to perform an unusually wide range of roles in the German, French and Italian operatic repertoires. She was born Lillian Allen Norton in a small Cape Cod style farmhouse built by her grandfather on a hill in Farmington, Maine. The Nordica stage name was bestowed by an Italian maestro at the beginning of her operatic career. He convinced her that European opera-goers would not tolerate a diva with a plain sounding, Anglo-American name. The adopted name, Giglia Nordica, meant "Lily of the North" but she soon became known as "Madame Nordica" or simply as "Nordica". In her youth, Nordica is said to have possessed an inherent fondness for music and the sounds of singing birds and running brooks. When she was eight her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts to continue the musical education of her sister Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina died before her 18th birthday.
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    Lorenzo Malfatti

    Lorenzo Malfatti (September 11, 1923, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – November 23, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a baritone opera singer and professor of music at Chatham College where he taught voice, diction, and opera, and conducted the Chatham College Choir. Later in his career he was a voice coach for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He later joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. He was an alumnus of the Juilliard School, the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, Italy, and the St. Cecilia Conservatory and Academy in Rome, Italy. He held an honorary doctorate from Chatham College. He dubbed the voices of Fernando Lamas in the 1952 film The Merry Widow, Howard Keel in Annie Get Your Gun (1950) and Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Andersen (1952).
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    Manuel del Popolo García

    Manuel del Popolo García

    Manuel del Popolo Vicente Garcᅢᆳa (January 22, 1775 - June 2, 1832) was a noted Spanish opera singer and singing teacher. Garcᅢᆳa was born in Seville, Spain. In 1808 he went to Paris with a reputation already gained as a tenor at Madrid and Cadiz. By 1808, when he appeared in the opera Griselda in Paris, he was already known as a composer of light operas. He lived in Naples, performing in Rossini's operas, including the premiᅢᄄre of Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, until 1816, when he visited Paris and London. Between 1819 and 1823, he lived in Paris, and sang in The Barber of Seville, Otello, Don Giovanni, and other popular favorites. Until 1824 he was of high repute in London and Paris, and in the following year he visited the United States and toured North America. He recounted in his memoirs that while on the road between Mexico and Vera Cruz, he was robbed of all his money by brigands. He was the creator of the role of Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (Rome, 1816), and was considered one of the most brilliant tenors of the XIXth century. Garcia spent his final years in Paris as a teacher of singing, his voice being greatly impaired by age as well as fatigue. His
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    Meta Seinemeyer

    Meta Seinemeyer (September 5, 1895 - August 19, 1929) was a German opera star with an exceptionally fine spinto soprano voice. Seinemeyer was born in Berlin, where she studied at the Stern Conservatory with Ernst Grenzebach. She made her debut at the Deutsche Opernhaus in 1918. She joined the Dresden Semperoper in 1924, and began appearing at the Vienna State Opera in 1927. On the international scene, she sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1923, as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as Agathe in Der Freischütz in 1926, and at the Royal Opera House in London in 1929, as Eva, Elsa in Lohengrin and Sieglinde in Die Walküre. Besides the great Wagner heroines, she also played an important role in the renaissance of Verdi's operas in Germany, winning considerable acclaim as Leonora in La forza del destino, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos, and the title role in Aida. She was also admired as Marguerite in Faust, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, and the title role in Tosca. She took part in the creation of Ferruccio Busoni's Doktor Faust in Dresden in 1925. One of the greatest German singers of her generation, her
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    Omar Ebrahim

    Omar Ebrahim (born 6 September 1956 in Greasbrough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) is an English baritone vocalist and actor. He specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music. He studied voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then spent a performing apprenticeship at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in the Glyndebourne chorus, performing the role of Schaunard in La bohème for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1980. He has sung in performances of contemporary operas and other works by Nigel Osborne, Michael Tippett, Harrison Birtwistle, Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Peter Lieberson, Frank Zappa, György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös, and Michael Nyman. In 1992 he sang the title role in the BBC miniseries The Vampyr: A Soap Opera, an updated version of Heinrich Marschner's opera Der Vampyr. In 2008, he created the role of "The Fool" in Liza Lim's opera The Navigator at the Brisbane Festival. He has also participated in performances of operas by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Kurt Weill, Georges Bizet, and Gilbert and Sullivan. Ebrahim teaches voice at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London.
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    Phyllis Curtin

    Phyllis Curtin (née Smith, on December 3, 1921) is an American classical soprano who had an active career in operas and concerts from the early 1950s through the 1980s. She was known for her creation of new roles such as the title role in the Carlisle Floyd opera Susannah, Catherine Earnshaw in Floyd's Wuthering Heights, and in other works by this composer. She was a dedicated song recitalist and retired from singing in 1984. Born Phyllis Smith in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Curtin studied singing with Olga Averino at Wellesley College where she earned a bachelors degree in international relations. She pursued graduate studies in vocal performance under Boris Goldovsky at the New England Conservatory. In 1946 she made her professional opera debut with Goldovsky's opera company, the New England Opera Theater, as Tatyana in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. She sang several more roles with the company over the next seven years, including a much admired portrayal of Countess Almaviva in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (1947). In 1950, Curtin performed in the inaugural year of the Peabody Mason Concerts in Boston. In 1953 Curtin joined the roster of principal
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    Caterina Jarboro

    Caterina Jarboro (1903–1986) was an African American opera singer. Jarboro was born in 1903 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jarboro studied in North Carolina and then in New York. She sang in the theater musical Shuffle Along and in James P. Johnson's Running Wild as well as several others. In 1930, she debuted in opera with Verdi's Aida at the Puccini Theatre in Milan, Italy. In 1933, twenty-two full years before Marian Anderson's début at the Metropolitan Opera, impresario Alfredo Salmaggi hired Jarboro to sing with his opera company at the New York Hippodrome. She was presented in the role of Seleka in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. She was thus the first black opera singer ever to sing on an opera stage in America. (This milestone earned Salmaggi special recognition from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Many other opera appearances throughout Europe and the United States followed. Jarboro died in August, 1986 at the age of 83. The Music of Black Americans: A History. Eileen Southern. W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition. ISBN 0-393-97141-4
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    Eva Mylott

    Eva Mylott (1875 - 20 March 1920) was an Australian contralto opera singer. Eva Mylott was born in Tuross Head, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents, Patrick Mylott, an importer of wine and spirits and his wife, Mary Heffernan (the daughter of Edmund and Honora Heffernan), were immigrants from Ireland to Australia. Mylott became a protégé of Dame Nellie Melba and in 1902 she went to Europe with her to pursue an opera career outside of Australia. On 17 June 1917 in New York, she married businessman John Hutton Gibson (died ca. 1933); they had two sons: Hutton Gibson in 1918 and Alexis Mylott Gibson. Mylott died in 1920, aged 44, in Chicago, after slipping in the shower and injuring her neck, leaving two year old Hutton and infant Alexis in the care of her husband, who died thirteen years later. Mylott was the paternal grandmother of the actor and film director Mel Gibson and was also related to the Australian pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska.
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    Hortense Schneider

    Hortense Schneider

    Hortense Catherine Schneider, La Snédèr, (30 April 1833 – 6 May 1920) was a French soprano, one of the greatest operetta stars of the 19th century, particularly associated with the works of composer Jacques Offenbach. Born in Bordeaux, where she studied with Schaffner, she made her debut in Agen in 1853, as Inés in La favorite. She came to Paris and was turned down by the director of the Théâtre des Variétés but was noticed by Jacques Offenbach who invited her to the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, where she made her debut in 1855 in Le violoneux. She enjoyed immediate success and created for Offenbach the role of Boulotte in Barbe-bleue and the title roles in La belle Hélène, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and La Périchole, all resounding triumphs. She also appeared in London and Saint Petersburg, to great acclaim. An accomplished singer and actress, she was much admired for her brio and verve on stage, was the toast of the Second Empire and a favourite of royal visitors to Paris. La Snédèr was reputedly one of King Edward VII's mistresses (because of the favours which she liberally granted to the members of the nobility, she was known as Le Passage des Princes.). She retired in
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    Linda Berving

    Linda Berving

    • Voice Type: Lyric coloratura soprano
    Growing up in a musical family in Sweden, Linda became familiar on a daily basis with watching and even participating in the touring operettas and musicals her father played in. That is how she got the taste for performing and singing and at the early age of five she began taking private lessons under the guidance of Britta Forslund, Gävle in violin. For eleven years she participated in different orchestras and touring in France, Austria and Finland. By the age of 10, she performed Vivaldi’s violin concerto in a-minor at Gävle Theatre, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the city.In her teenage years the voice was to become her main focus and she subsequently performed and wrote music with her band in Sweden for five years. During that time she developed her voice towards improvisation, which led to the relocation to Gothenburg where she studied jazz vocals- the final exam was held at the famous jazz club “Nefertiti”. After moving to London in 2003 she undertook university studies in classical and opera with public recitals and scenes from operas like “The bartered bride” and “The Marriage of Figaro”. Last year she performed improvised vocals at Casino Estoril, Portugal in the cirque show “Four”. For bookings to wedding, funerals and other functions please use the contact form alternatively call for a tailor-made repertoire.
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    Martti Talvela

    • Voice Type: Bass
    Martti Olavi Talvela (February 4, 1935 – July 22, 1989) was a Finnish operatic bass. Born in Hiitola, Finland (now in the Republic of Karelia), he studied in Lahti and Stockholm, and made his operatic debut in Helsinki in 1960 as Sparafucile. At 203 centimetres (6 ft 8 in), he was the tallest singer of his century. He trained as a boxer in his youth and developed the stamina necessary for the biggest roles. Originally Talvela was educated as a primary school teacher in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland (1952–1956), and he worked in that occupation at three schools (1957–1960). He sang at the Stockholm Royal Opera in Sweden from 1961 to 1962, before becoming a regularly employed singer at the Deutsche Oper (German Opera) of Berlin in 1962. In 1970, the Senate (government) of West Berlin formally granted him the rank of chamber singer. He worked as the artistic leader of the Savonlinna Opera Festival from 1972 to 1979. At New York's Metropolitan Opera, he performed the role of Boris Godunov 39 times between 1974 and 1987. He was especially acclaimed as the title character in Boris Godunov and as Pimen from the same work, as Paavo Ruotsalainen in The Last Temptations, as a Wagner singer
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    Mireille Delunsch

    Mireille Delunsch (born 2 November 1962) is an opera soprano. She was born in Mulhouse, France, and studied musicology and voice at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. Her debut was at the Opéra du Rhin in Mulhouse, in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Her repertory is wide, from Baroque opera to 20th century art songs, with an emphasis on French music. She is best known for the operas she has sung under the direction of French conductor Marc Minkowski. Among the operas Delunsch has recorded with Minkowski are: and DVD/TV broadcast Other recordings include: Delunsch has also appeared in a number of opera telecasts.
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    Rita Gorr

    Rita Gorr (18 February 1926 – 22 January 2012) was a Belgian operatic mezzo-soprano. She possessed a large, rich-toned voice and was an intense singing-actress, especially in dramatic roles such as Ortrud (Lohengrin) and Amneris (Aida), two of her greatest roles. Gorr was born Marguerite Geirnaert into a working-class family in the industrial town of Zelzate, near Ghent, Belgium. After leaving school she worked as a nurse, where the family who employed her discovered her singing and paid for her first lessons. After vocal studies in Ghent with Vina Bovy, and in Brussels with Jeanne Pacquot d'Assy and Germaine Hoerner, she won first prize at the vocal competition of Verviers in 1946, and made her professional debut at Antwerp as Fricka in Die Walküre the same year. She became a member of the Opera of Strasbourg from 1949 to 1952. She won another first prize at the vocal competition of Lausanne in 1952. That year she made her Paris debuts at the Opéra-Comique as Charlotte in Werther on 6 March 1952, and at the Paris Opéra on 31 October as Magdalena in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; further roles in Paris included Dalila in Samson and Delilah, Venus in Tannhäuser, Mère Marie in the
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    Adamo Didur

    Adamo Didur

    • Voice Type: Bass
    Adamo Didur (December 24, 1873 - January 7, 1946) was a top-class Polish operatic bass vocalist. He sang extensively in opera in Europe and appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera from 1908 to 1932. He was born on December 23, 1873 or 1874 in Sanok, Poland. Didur studied in Lwów with Valery Wysocki. He was later working with Franz Emmerich in Milan. His concert debut came in Milan in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In 1894, he made his operatic debut in Rio de Janeiro, after which he appeared in Russia. He sang at La Scala, Milan, in 1903-1906, and at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1905. He also appeared with the Warsaw Opera from 1899 to 1903. Later, he travelled to Argentina, singing in Buenos Aires in the 1905-1908 operatic seasons. Didur's North American debut came at the Manhattan Opera House in 1907. Didur made his Metropolitan Opera debut on November 14, 1908, singing Ramfis in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. He remained with the company for a quarter of a century and becoming one of its principal bass singers. It was at the Met in 1913 that he appeared in the title role in Boris Godunov in the American premiere of Mussorgsky's opera. He also
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    Annely Peebo

    • Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
    Annely Peebo (born 16 November 1971) is a mezzo-soprano from Estonia. She gained a diploma for choral conducting and completed vocal studies in song and opera. She studied at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Vienna in Vienna, Austria. In 1997, she became a permanent ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where she sang in Rigoletto and many other operas. At the Vienna Festival in 2001, Peebo sang the role of Meroe in the first performance of the expressionistic opera, Penthesilea by Othmar Schoeck (after Heinrich von Kleist). At the Salzburg Festival in 2002, she performed works by Mozart and Gershwin. She also performed together with Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, and Stefania Bonfadelli. Annely Peebo speaks five languages, a trait which allowed her to playing a leading role in the French movie les leçons des ténèbres as well as hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. Annely Peebo is married and she has two children.
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    Bryn Chapman

    Bryn Chapman is a former beauty queen and young operatic soprano who is a former Miss Indiana representative and a top-ten finisher in the 2004 Miss America pageant. Chapman was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana but at the age of 13 moved to Kentucky to live with her mother and stepfather for four years, before returning to Carmel High School for her senior year. Whilst living in Kentucky Chapman won the Miss Louisville 2002 title and placed first runner-up to Miss Kentucky 2002. She represented Kentucky in the Miss National Sweetheart pageant for Miss America state runners-up held in September 2003, and placed third runner-up. During this time she was very active as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes and American Heart Associations. In 2003, having returned to Indiana, Chapman won the Miss South Central title and then Miss Indiana 2003. She represented Indiana in the Miss America 2004 competition held in Atlantic City in September 2003 and placed in the top ten at the nationally televised pageant. Chapman completed her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, and continued on to pursue a masters degree at Miami
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    George London

    • Voice Type: Bass-baritone
    George London (May 30, 1920 – March 24, 1985), born George Burnstein, was a Montreal-born concert and operatic bass-baritone. George London was born to a Russian Jewish family, and grew up in Los Angeles. In the summer of 1945 Antal Doráti invited his long time friend, the Hungarian bass Mihály Székely, to sing at the first concert of the newly reorganized Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Because of travel difficulties Székely was unable to arrive in time, so Doráti called upon young George London as a substitute. After performing widely with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947-48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where he scored his first major success in 1949. In 1950 he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler's Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. He was among the most famous exponents of his five signature roles: Don Giovanni, Boris Godunov, Wotan, Scarpia and Amfortas. He never recorded any role in Meistersinger, although recital performances of Hans Sach's monologues exist on record. In 1951 he sang at Bayreuth as Amfortas in Parsifal, and reappeared frequently in the 1950s and early 1960s as Amfortas and in
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    Harold Blair

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Harold Blair AM (13 September 1924 – 21 May 1976) was an Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist. Blair was born at the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, 5 km from Murgon in Queensland. His mother was Esther Quinn, a teenage Aboriginal woman. His surname, Blair, came from the family that had "adopted" his mother. He and his mother then went to the Salvation Army Purga Mission near Ipswich. His mother entered domestic service, leaving Harold, then aged two, at the mission, where he received an elementary education. Blair left school at age 16, gaining employment as a farm labourer. At the age of 17 he was working as a tractor driver at the Fairymead Sugar Mill. Communist trade union organiser Harry Green heard him singing and encouraged him to further his singing. Blair entered a radio amateur hour talent quest in early 1945, and attracted a record tally of listeners' votes. A group of trade unionists, academics and musicians formed a trust to sponsor his career. He entered the Melba Conservatorium in Melbourne in 1945 and earned a Diploma of Music with honours in 1949. In 1950, Blair was invited to study in the United States by the noted African-American singer Todd Duncan. Blair
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    Katharina Klafsky

    Katharina Klafsky (September 19, 1855 – September 22, 1896) was a Hungarian operatic singer whose acclaimed international career was cut short by a chronic illness which proved fatal. Klafsky was born at Szent-János, Wieselburg, of humble parents. Being employed at Vienna as a nursemaid, her fine soprano voice led to her being engaged as a chorus singer, and she was given lessons in music. By 1882 she became well known in Wagnerian roles at the Leipzig theatre, and she increased her reputation by appearing at other German musical centres. In 1892 she appeared in London, and had a great success in Wagner's operas, notably as Brünnhilde and as Isolde, her dramatic as well as vocal gifts being of an exceptional order. She sang with the Damrosch Opera Company in America in 1895, but died of brain cancer in 1896. Klafsky was married to the conductor Otto Lohse.
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    Kenneth McKellar

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Kenneth McKellar (23 June 1927 – 9 April 2010) was a Scottish tenor. McKellar studied forestry at the University of Aberdeen, after graduation working for the Scottish Forestry Commission. He later trained at the Royal College of Music as an opera singer. He did not enjoy his time with the Carl Rosa Opera Company and left them to pursue a career singing traditional Scottish songs and other works. His albums of the songs of Robert Burns (now digitised) are considered by musicologists to be definitive interpretations. He frequently toured the USA and Canada 1959-1977 with other Scottish entertainers such as Helen McArthur, often appearing in small local venues. From 1957 he starred each year in innovative pantomimes by Howard & Wyndham Ltd notably at their Alhambra Theatre Glasgow. For a decade from 1960 he starred as Jamie in the new pantomimes devised around him, starting with A Wish For Jamie, followed by A Love For Jamie, which ran at the Alhambra in each of five years, accompanied by Rikki Fulton, and moved after to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Newcastle. He described these years as the most fulfilling of his stage life outside of his international recording career. McKellar toured
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    Kurt Böhme

    • Voice Type: Bass
    Kurt Böhme (May 5, 1908 – December 20, 1989) was a German bass. He was born in Dresden, Germany, where he studied with Adolf Kluge at the Dresden Conservatory. He made his debut in 1930 in Bautzen as Kaspar, one of his most important roles further on. From 1930 till 1950 he was member of the Dresden State Opera, 1949 he became member of the Munich State Opera an in 1955 member of the Vienna State Opera. In the 1950s and 1960s he gets known worldwide because of his acting talents, as Bass-Buffo Baron Ochs and also as "Bösewicht" (Kaspar 1954 with Wilhelm Furtwängler, Fafner 1958-1964 with Georg Solti). "Matteo" in Fra Diavolo; Dresden Nov. 1944. He was known for his interpretations of Wagnerian roles and Baron Ochs von Lerchenau in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.
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    Leonard Labatt

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Leonard Labatt (December 4, 1838 – March 7, 1897) was a Swedish dramatic tenor. Labatt was born in a Jewish family in Stockholm and studied under Julius Günther at the Stockholm Conservatory and Jean Jacques Masset at the Paris Conservatory. He made his début in 1866 at the Stora Teatern, Stockholm, in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. During the season of 1868 he was engaged at the Court Opera in Dresden, and in 1869 he joined the Imperial Opera in Vienna, with which he remained until 1883. Between 1884 and 1888 he appeared on several stages in the Netherlands and Germany (Rotterdam, Bremen, etc.). In 1888-1889 he went on tour of the United States and Canada with Alexander Strakosch, returning to his native country afterwards. He died, aged 58, in Christiania, Norway. Labatt's repertoire included: Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer's The African Maid, the title role in Gounod's Faust, Eleazar in Halévy's The Jewess, and the title roles in Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser and Rienzi.
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    Lisa Gasteen

    Lisa Kinkead Gasteen AO (born 13 November 1957), is an internationally acclaimed Australian operatic soprano, renowned for her performances of the works of Wagner. She won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1991. She has not performed since 2008, due to neuro-muscular spasms in her neck, and has cancelled all her engagements through to 2012. Lisa Gasteen was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she was a pupil of Margaret Nickson. In 1982 she won the Australian Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and in 1984 she was awarded the Covent Garden Scholarship. In the same year she sang in the Queen's 60th Birthday Gala at the Royal Opera House. She made her operatic debut in 1985 with the Lyric Opera of Queensland (now Opera Queensland) as the High Priestess (Aida), followed by Desdemona (Otello). She has been a regular guest artist with Opera Australia and her many roles with the company include Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Ortlinde (Die Walküre), Leonora (Il trovatore, La forza del destino and Fidelio), Elsa (Lohengrin), Donna Elvira and Donna Anna
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    Lois Marshall

    Lois Catherine Marshall, CC (born in Toronto January 29, 1924; died there February 19, 1997) was a Canadian soprano. Her husband, Weldon Kilburn, had been her early coach and piano accompanist. Marshal "began voice studies at age 12 with Weldon Kilburn (at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto), her accompanist and coach until 1971 and to whom she was eventually married in 1968.” Lois Marshall was a graduate of the University of Toronto. "In 1968, Marshall was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada but was, over her long career, the recipient of many other honours and awards, such as the University of Alberta National Award in Music (1962), the Centennial Medal (1967), a Canada Music Council Medal (1972), the Ontario Arts Council Medal of Excellence (1973), the Molson Prize (1980), the Toronto Arts Award for music (1987) and the Order of Ontario (1993). She held honorary degrees from the Universities of Toronto and Regina, and the Royal Conservatory made her an honorary fellow in 1994.” She enjoyed a long career, primarily as a concert and recital singer, first as a soprano and later as a mezzo-soprano. She recorded extensively and in a very wide repertoire. Especially
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    Luciano Pavarotti

    Luciano Pavarotti

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor, who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, and established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century. He was one of The Three Tenors and became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. Pavarotti was also noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others. Pavarotti began his professional career as a tenor in 1961 in Italy. That same year, he made his first international appearance in La traviata in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He sang in opera houses in addition to Italy, in the Netherlands, Vienna, London, Ankara, Budapest and Barcelona. The young tenor earned valuable experience and recognition while touring Australia at the invitation of soprano Joan Sutherland in 1965. He made his United States debut in Miami soon afterwards, also on Sutherland's recommendation. His position as a leading lyric tenor was consolidated in the years between 1966 and 1972, during
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    Margaret Ritchie

    Margaret Ritchie (1903–69) was an English soprano who sang opera, oratorio and song. She created a number of operatic roles. In 1946 she was the first Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten, and in 1947 she was the first Miss Wordsworth in the same composer's Albert Herring. She was one of four singers, together with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Oda Slobodskaya and Tatiana Makushina, to record a selection of Nikolai Medtner's songs accompanied by the composer: theirs was the premier recording of the Sonata-Vocalise op. 41 no. 1, which is introduced by a setting of the poem "Geweihter Platz" by Goethe.
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    Marguerite d'Alvarez

    Marguerite d'Alvarez

    Marguerite d'Alvarez (c. 1883-October 18, 1953) was an English contralto. Born in Liverpool, d'Alvarez studied in Brussels, and made her debut in Rouen, singing Delilah. She made her first American appearances with the Manhattan Opera in 1909 as Fidès in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Le prophète. Following her season in New York City, she went to London to help Oscar Hammerstein inaugurate his London Opera in 1911; that year, she scored great successes in French roles. D'Alvarez subsequently appeared at leading European opera houses such as Covent Garden, and also sang in Chicago and Boston. She made one film, Till We Meet Again, in 1944; her autobiography, Forsaken Altars, was published in 1954, after her death in Alassio, Italy. David Ewen, Encyclopedia of the Opera
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    Mariana Nicolescu

    Mariana Nicolesco (Romanian pronunciation: [mariˈana nikoˈlesko], last name also Nicolescu pronounced [nikoˈlesku]; born on November 28, 1948) is a Romanian operatic soprano. Born in Găujani, Giurgiu County, she studied violin at the Music High School in Brașov and voice at the Music Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca, before winning a scholarship at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome to be taught canto by Jolanda Magnoni; she also worked with Rodolfo Celletti and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Upon graduation, in 1972, having won the Voci Rossiniane Competition in Milan, American conductor Thomas Schippers invited her to Cincinnati as Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème and later she was invited by Luchino Visconti to appear in Don Carlos at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in 1978, as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, a role she has reprised over 200 times, later singing Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto (1978) and Nedda in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci (1978-1986). She sang in the worlds major opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where she had her debut in the world première of Luciano Berio's La Vera Storia (1982) and later appeared in:
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    Marie Collier

    Marie Collier (16 April 1927 – 8 December 1971) was an Australian operatic soprano. Marie Collier was born in Ballarat, Victoria. She attended Camberwell High School from 1941 to 1943. She first came to prominence in 1952 singing the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana for the National Theatre Opera company in Melbourne. However she became a household name in Australia in 1953-54 performing Magda Sorel in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul, for a total of seventy-five performances in Melbourne, Sydney and regional areas. Collier studied in Milan in 1955, where she was auditioned by Lord Harewood. Subsequently she was offered a contract as a regular member of the Covent Garden Opera Company. She made her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as the First Lady in The Magic Flute in 1956. She created the role of Hecuba in Michael Tippett's King Priam which premiered in Coventry in May 1962; and sang the leading roles in the Western premieres of Katerina Ismailova (2 December 1963) at the Royal Opera House, and The Makropulos Case at Sadler's Wells (12 February 1964). Other roles at Covent Garden in subsequent seasons included Musetta in La bohème; Giulietta in The Tales of
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    Matthew Polenzani

    • Voice Type: Tenor
    Matthew Polenzani (* 19??) is an American lyric tenor, born in Evanston, Illinois. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Seattle Opera, and other companies. He has also sung with numerous symphony orchestras. Polenzani earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1990. Polenzani won the Richard Tucker Award in 2004. He is married to mezzo-soprano Rosa Maria Pascarella. Singer-songwriter Rose Polenzani is his sister.
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    Nyle Wolfe

    Nyle Wolfe (born October 1971), trained as a singer at the Cork School of Music and the Leinster school of Music & Drama, Dublin. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music, London, with the conservatory's highest academic award and won a scholarship to complete his studies at the Zurich Opera House. He has performed various leading lyric baritone roles in operas, as well as a leading parts in musicals and operettas. Although he is first and foremost a classical opera singer, he has sung and recorded in many differing musical styles. His first solo album Moodswings was released in Ireland in 2007. Nyle Wolfe is the eldest of six children. Educated in Southampton, Hampshire, he attended Springhill RC primary school, St. Mary's College and Richard Taunton College. He sang his first concert as a boy scout at the age of six, singing "White Christmas" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Throughout his school years, he was an active participant in musical and theatrical productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He came to public attention with the Southampton Operatic Society in the title role of Gilbert and Sullivan's
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    Pauline Donalda

    Pauline Donalda

    Pauline Donalda, OC (March 5, 1882 – October 22, 1970) was a Canadian operatic soprano. Born Pauline Lightstone in Montreal, Quebec, she studied music at Royal Victoria College. In 1902 she studied in Paris and made her debut in 1904 in Nice. In 1922, she opened a studio in Paris and became a teacher. In 1937, she opened a studio in Montreal and in 1942 she founded the Opera Guild of Montreal. She served as president and artistic director until 1969. In 1967, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for her contribution to the arts, especially opera, as a singer and founder of the Opera Guild in Montreal." Pauline Donalda was the first to sing the roles of Concepción in Maurice Ravel's L'heure espagnole and Ah-joe in Franco Leoni's L'Oracolo at Covent Garden.
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    Tito Schipa

    Tito Schipa

    Tito Schipa (Italian pronunciation: [ˈskipa]; 27 December 1888 – 16 December 1965) was an Italian tenor. He is considered one of the finest tenori di grazia in operatic history. He was endowed with a natural, sensuous voice which he deployed with great intelligence and taste. Schipa was born Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa in Lecce into an Arbëreshë family; his birthday was recorded as January 2, 1889 for military conscription purposes. He studied in Milan and made his operatic debut at age 21 in 1910 at Vercelli. He subsequently appeared throughout Italy and in Buenos Aires in Argentina. In 1917, he created the role of Ruggiero in Puccini's La rondine. In 1919, Schipa travelled to the United States, joining the Chicago Opera Company. He remained with the Chicago company until 1932, whereupon he appeared at the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1932 to 1935, and again in 1941. He also sang at the San Francisco Opera, beginning in 1924. From 1929 to 1949 he performed regularly in Italy, including at La Scala, Milan and the Rome Opera. He returned to Buenos Aires to sing in 1954. In 1957, he toured the Soviet Union. Schipa's artistry is preserved on film. For example, in 1929 he
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    Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient

    Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient

    Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, born Wilhelmine Schröder (6 December 1804 – 26 January 1860), was a German operatic soprano. As a singer she combined a rare quality of tone with dramatic intensity of expression, which was as remarkable on the concert platform as in opera. Schröder was born in Hamburg, the daughter of the actress Sophie Schröder and the tenor Friedrich Schröder. Her first role was at the age of 15 as Aricia in Schiller's translation of Racine's Phèdre, and in 1821, aged 17, she was received with so much enthusiasm as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute that her future career in opera was assured. In 1823, she married Karl Devrient, becoming known as Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, but separated from him in 1828. Meanwhile she had maintained her popularity at Dresden and elsewhere. She made her first Paris appearance in 1830, and sang in London in 1833 and 1837. Richard Wagner claims to have seen her as Leonore in Fidelio when he was 16, but this is almost certainly fanciful. He did hear (and conduct) her in numerous roles after 1834, however, and continued to laud her stage artistry right up until his essay "On Actors and Singers" (1872) which is dedicated to her memory.
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