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1 Opera (azione teatrale) in 2 parts by Haydn to lib. by Metastasio. Comp. 1779, rev. 1802. Prod. Eszterháza 1779, Washington DC 1936, Wexford 1982.2 Opera in 3 acts by G. Scarlatti to lib. by ...
Rössl-Majdan, Hilde

Rössl-Majdan, Hilde (21 Jan 1921)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...nr Vienna, 21 Jan 1921 ). Austrian contralto. She studied in Vienna, making her début in 1950 at the Staatsoper, where she was engaged for more than 20 years. At Salzburg she sang Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos ( 1954 ), Lucrezia in Palestrina ( 1958 ), Annina in Der Rosenkavalier and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro ( 1960 ). She had a firm, rich-toned voice and sang a wide repertory that ranged from G.F. Handel and W.A. Mozart to Giuseppe Verdi , Richard Wagner and Johann Strauss . She recorded Eduige ( Rodelinda ) and Czipra ( Der Zigeunerbaron...

Schwarz, Joseph

Schwarz, Joseph (10 Oct 1880)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...). His many distinguished recordings reveal a lyrical voice of considerable beauty which he used with innate intelligence to project dramatic intensity. He was generally considered one of the most notable singing actors in the early years of the 20th century. M. Scott : The Record of Singing , ii (London, 1979), 226–8 G. Walter : ‘ Joseph Schwarz ’, Record Collector , xxvi (1980–81), 215–34 [incl. discography by C.N. Welsh] Leo Riemens / Alan...

Lehane, Maureen

Lehane, Maureen (18 Sept 1932)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Maureen ( b London , 18 Sept 1932 ; d 27 Dec 2010 ). English mezzo-soprano . She studied at the GSM and in Berlin. She made a speciality of G. F. Handel , and sang leading roles – often castrato roles, which she sang with much spirit – in some 20 of his stage works for the Handel Opera Society in London and elsewhere, mostly during the 1960s and 70s. Her Glyndebourne début was in 1967 as Melide in Francesco Cavalli's L'Ormindo , and her repertory includes operas by Antonio Vivaldi , J. C. Bach , Henry Purcell ( Dido and Aeneas ) and ...

Dun, Jean (ii) [fils]

Dun, Jean (ii) [fils] (d1772)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...father in the same entrée. Highly regarded, he sang in more than 20 operas, often appearing in more than one role in the same work. He created roles in four operas by Jean-Philippe Rameau : Jupiter and Pluto in Hippolyte et Aricie ( 1733 ), Osman-Bacha ( Les Indes galantes , 1735 ), Jupiter in Castor et Pollux ( 1737 ), and Hymas and Eurilas ( Les fêtes d'Hébé , 1739 ). A 1738 inventory of the Opéra described him thus: ‘good musician, sings well, but he has not got a clear voice’ (see G. Sadler , EMc ). He retired from the Opéra as a singer in 1741 ...

Poulenard, Isabelle

Poulenard, Isabelle (5 July 1961)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Francesco Cavalli's Serse , Antonio Vivaldi's L᾽incoronazione di Dario , Rameau's Le temple de la gloire , Platée and Les indes galantes , G. F. Handel's Alessandro and Tamerlano and G. P. Telemann's Orpheus . Her performances are not confined to the Baroque and Classical periods; she has sung in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites and in French sacred choral repertory of the 19th and 20th centuries. Poulenard's agile technique, tonal purity and light-textured voice, however, are especially well suited to 17th- and 18th-century...

Treigle, Norman

Treigle, Norman (6 March 1927)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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... La bohème . In 1954 he created the role of Grandpa Moss in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land . For the next 20 years he was a mainstay of that company, singing the major bass-baritone roles of the standard repertory. With a vivid, even flamboyant stage personality, he achieved his greatest successes in such parts as Mephistopheles ( Arrigo Boito and Charles Gounod), Boris, Don Giovanni, Reverend Olin Blitch ( Carlisle Floyd's Susannah ), and G.F. Handel's Julius Caesar. In 1966 he sang in Don Giovanni with the Baltimore Opera Company, and also sang...

Tebaldi, Renata

Tebaldi, Renata (1 Feb 1922)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...sang in Chicago, and became a member of the Metropolitan in 1955 , remaining with the company for nearly 20 years. Besides the usual lirico spinto repertory, she sang such rarely heard roles as Gaspare Spontini's Olympia, Pamyre in Gioachino Rossini's Le siège de Corinthe , Cleopatra in G.F. Handel's Giulio Cesare and the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco . Tebaldi possessed one of the most beautiful Italian voices of the 20th century; her mezza voce singing was a joy to hear. She relied more on her rich, impeccably produced tone...

De Mey, Guy

De Mey, Guy (4 Aug 1955)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...at the Brussels Conservatory, and at Amsterdam with Erna Spoorenberg and Stella Dalberg . Later teachers included Peter Pears and Dric Tappy . His operatic career has been varied and he has proved himself a fluent interpreter of styles ranging from the 17th century to the 20th, but it is in Baroque opera that he has gained widest recognition. He sang the title role in Jean-Baptiste Lully's Atys in Paris ( 1987 ), Florence and New York. Other roles include Alidoro in Antonio Cesti's Orontea ( 1986 , Innsbruck), Jean-Philippe Rameau's ...

Elwes, John Joseph

Elwes, John Joseph (20 Oct 1946)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...John Joseph [ John Joseph Hahessy ] ( b London , 20 Oct 1946 ). English tenor . He studied in London with George Malcolm at Westminster Cathedral, where he was a chorister, and at the RCM. From the age of 14 he lived with the family of the tenor Gervase Elwes ( 1866–1921 ) and later took their name. He made his début in 1968 at the Proms in Ralph Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music . He has appeared in operas by Claudio Monteverdi , Jean-Philippe Rameau , G. F. Handel , C. W. Gluck and W. A. Mozart and in many others in concert...

Yakar, Rachel

Yakar, Rachel (3 March 1938)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...her début in 1963 at Strasbourg. In 1964 she joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, which remained her base for over 20 years. She sang Freia and Gerhilde at Bayreuth ( 1976 ), Donna Elvira at Glyndebourne ( 1977 ), First Lady ( Zauberflöte ) at Salzburg and Claudio Monteverdi's Poppaea in Edinburgh ( 1978 ), and made her Covent Garden début as Freia. Her wide repertory included Jean-Philippe Rameau's Aricia, G.F. Handel's Cleopatra, Celia ( Lucio Silla ), Ilia, Fiordiligi, Tatyana, Mimì, Málinka/Etherea/Kunka ( Excursions of Mr Brouček ),...

Granforte, Apollo

Granforte, Apollo (20 July 1886)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Apollo ( b Legnano, nr Verona , 20 July 1886 ; d Gorgonzola, nr Milan , 11 June 1975 ). Italian baritone . As a young man he emigrated to South America where he studied with Guido Capocci and made his début as Germont in La traviata at Rosario, Argentina, in 1913 . He returned to Italy during World War I, singing in Rome and Milan. He extended his international reputation through Australian tours with Melba in 1924 and then with an eminent company of Italian singers in 1928 and 1932 . In 1935 he sang in the world première of Pietro...

Hill, Martyn

Hill, Martyn (14 Sept 1944)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...by Anthony Rooley and James Tyler . After Munrow's death he moved on to the Baroque era and then eventually to the Romantic period, concentrating from the early 1980s on lieder (he contributed admirably to Graham Johnson's complete edition of Franz Schubert song on CD) and 20th-century works while retaining his interest in Baroque repertory. This versatility has allowed him to deploy his well-groomed tenor and innate musicality through a wide range of music. In opera, he has sung Arbace in Idomeneo with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Zürich and the title...

Adams, Donald

Adams, Donald (20 Dec 1928)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Donald ( b Bristol , 20 Dec 1928 ; d Norwich , 8 April 1996 ). English bass . He was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral and later became an actor. After singing in the D'Oyly Carte Opera chorus, from 1953 to 1969 he was principal bass of the company. In 1963 he co-founded ‘G&S for All’, with whom he toured extensively in Australia and the USA. In 1983 he sang the Mikado in Chicago, returning for Baron Mirko Zeta and the Theatre Director/Banker ( Lulu ). He made his Covent Garden début in 1983 as a Frontier Guard ( Boris Godunov ), and later...

Pacini, Andrea

Pacini, Andrea (1690)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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... Bologna ( 1719–20 , 1722 ), Turin ( 1719 ), Milan ( 1719–20 ) and Parma ( 1724 , 1729 ). He appeared in operas by all leading composers from Alessandro Scarlatti , Albinoni and Antonio Vivaldi to Nicola Porpora , Johann Hasse and Leonardo Vinci . He was elected a member of the Accademia Filarmonica at Bologna in 1721 . From 1720 to 1730 he had the title of virtuoso to Prince Antonio of Parma. He was engaged by the Royal Academy in London as second man to Senesino for 1724–5 , making his début in the title role of G. F. Handel's ...

Garrison, Mabel

Garrison, Mabel (24 April 1886)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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... and later took part in a series of Baroque operas under Werner Josten in Northampton, Massachusetts, which included the American premières (in English) of G.F. Handel's Serse ( 1928 ) and Rodelinda ( 1931 ). Also a recitalist, she was admired for the clarity of her voice and her smooth and elegant style. A. Favia-Artsay : ‘ Historical Records: Mabel Garrison ’, Hobbies , lix/8 (1954), pp. 22–3 G. M. Eby : ‘ The Two Careers of Mabel Garrison ’, ON , xxiii/4 (1958–9), pp. 24–7 Philip L....

Young, Polly

Young, Polly (7 July 1749)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Polly [ Mary, Maria ] [ Mrs Barthélemon ] ( b London , 7 July 1749 ; d London , 20 Sept 1799 ). English soprano , composer and keyboard player . She went with the Arnes to Ireland and impressed audiences in Dublin by singing ‘perfectly in Time and Tune’ in Thomas Arne's Eliza at the age of six. She remained in Ireland with Mrs Arne ( Cecilia Young ) and in 1758 , after hearing her play the harpsichord, Mrs Delany wrote: ‘the race of Youngs are born songsters and musicians’. She appeared on stage in Dublin, where John O'Keeffe ...

Randle, Thomas

Randle, Thomas (21 Dec 1958)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Tavener's The Apocalypse at the Proms. An excellent actor and a musical singer, he has a strong, lyrical voice with a highly distinctive timbre. His recorded repertory is mainly Baroque ( The Fairy-Queen with Les Arts Florissants, 1989 , and G. F. Handel's Esther under Harry Christophers , 1995 ) and 20th century (Tippett's The Ice Break with the London Sinfonietta, 1991 , Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the BBC Scottish SO, 1995 , and Luigi Nono's Canti di vita e d’amore with the Bamberg SO, 1997 ). Elizabeth...

Robinson, Ann Turner

Robinson, Ann Turner (5 Jan 1741)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Porta's Numitore (2 April), Handel's Radamisto (27 April) and Domenico Scarlatti's Narciso (30 May). Ann Turner Robinson was the original Polissena in Radamisto , but missed the final performances of all three operas. She sang a Handel cantata at her Drury Lane benefit on 20 March 1723 . She was probably the Mrs Robinson who sang regularly between the acts at Drury Lane from December 1725 to December 1726 , played in Henry Carey's pantomime Apollo and Daphne from February 1726 , and included seven Handel opera arias in her benefit programme on...

Rolfe Johnson, Anthony

Rolfe Johnson, Anthony (5 Nov 1940)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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...Bach Passions. His extensive discography ranges from J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel through Mozart operas (his recordings of Idomeneus and Titus have been described as models of Mozartian singing) to Oedipus rex , The Rake's Progress and many works by Benjamin Britten , notably Peter Grimes and the War Requiem . He was appointed Director of Singing Studies at the Britten–Pears School in 1990 , and was made a CBE in 1992 . D. P. Stearns : ‘ Quick Study ’, ON , lii/10 (1987–8), 20–21, 46 A. Blyth : ‘ Anthony Rolfe Johnson ’, Opera , xliv (1993),...

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