Page 7 of 33 FirstFirst ... 3456789101117 ... LastLast
Results 91 to 105 of 484

Thread: The "Happy Birthday Opera Artist" thread

  1. #91
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    2 August

    John Dexter * 1925 - This English director made a successful transition from film/tv/theater to broadway and opera, where he finally came into his stride. His stagigs were for the most part cerebral and he never used pagentry, just for the sake of pagentry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dexter

    Gundula Janowitz * 1937- Silvertoned and lyric; hers is one of the most beautiful voices of the 50/60/70s. She sang at all the major houses. Her portrayals were often quite restrained and cool, but the voice had a distinct sound that oozed femininity. She was taught by Hubert Thony. Most of her big roles have been recorded.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundula_Janowitz

    Hannelore Bode * 1941- Once a chorister at Bayreuth- she later returned to the same stage as Elsa, Sieglinde and Eva. Ria Schmitz-Gohr and Fred Husler were her vocal coaches.

  2. #92
    Senior Member sospiro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Staffordshire, UK
    Posts
    5,049
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Happy Birthday Simon Keenlyside

    Simon Keenlyside born 03/08/1959

    A nice little biog from his info site

    Interview



    Tribute



    Some of my own photos.




    With Julius Drake at Temple Church recital, October 2010



    With Natalie Dessay, Pelléas et Mélisande, Barbican April 2011




    Stage Door after Macbeth ROH May 2011
    Last edited by sospiro; Aug-03-2011 at 06:00. Reason: repaired broken link to biog
    Ann

  3. Likes FragendeFrau, amfortas liked this post
  4. #93
    Moderator mamascarlatti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Auckland, NZ
    Posts
    5,848
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Simon Keenlyside born 03/08/1959

    A nice little biog from his info site

    Interview

    Happy birthday Simon.

    Tribute

    I've been trying to find that clip because of the migrating martini colour at 0.51. Sound engineers are very clever.
    Natalie

  5. #94
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    thanks Annie & Natalie for the contributions!

    3 Aug

    Simon Keenlyside * 1959- 'nuff said!

    Richard Holm * 1912- although this fine-voiced German tenor was an wonderful Mozartarian, he is probably best known for his Max recording, opposite Seefried's Agathe (Jochum/ DG / Freischutz), where he supplies able and sensitive-toned Bohemian heroism. He sang at most major opera houses. Particularly his Belmonte was of world-class level. His Creation (Haydn) recording (again opposite Seefried, with Borg) is also excellent.

    Barseg Tumanyan * 1958- this deep voiced Armenian singer is equally popular on the recitalist circuit as the opera stage. He studied with Yevgeny Nesterenko, which you can hear in his delivery. It's dark hued, but not "rumbly" (is that a word?). He was a hit with his appearances with the Red Army Choir.

    http://www.barseg.com/

    ** on a sad note... today also marks the 5th anniversary of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's passing **

  6. #95
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    4 Aug

    Italo Montemezzi * 1875 - He is most remembered, for giving us L'amore dei tre re

    Jess Thomas * 1927- This American tenor conquered Bayreuth, where he was their leading tenor of the 60's & 70s. He also specialized in Strauss and was a formidable Emperor & Bachus. He has left us some outstanding recordings, that showcase his memorable renditions. He had rare ability to sound consistently both youthful and heroic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jess_Thomas
    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/13/ob...gner-dies.html

    Gabriella Tucci * 1929- A true Italian Spinto, she excelled in almost the entire Italian canon. While she never really reached the heights of Tebaldi, Callas, or even Stella; today, she would be a superstar. We only have two studio recordings of hers. Unfortanately neither of them capture her at her best.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriella_Tucci
    http://www.gabriellatucci.it/

    Götz Friedrich * 1930- If you attended opera in the 70's /80's in Europe, chances are high that you would have seen a GF production at some time. He was particularly associated with the DOB, where he is most fondly remembered. He also enjoyed directing for film production. He was at one time married to soprano Karan Armstrong. He was not always without controversy in his approach.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6tz_Friedrich
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...Friedrich.html

    Victor Braun * 1935- An impressive baritone who sang Mozart to Wagner. His son, Russell, also became an opera singer (they sang together in Salzburg). His Wolfram is recorded for posterity. One of his best roles was Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Braun
    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.c...=U1ARTU0000423

    Peter Knapp * 1947- his career took place for the most part in the UK (Glynebourne, ENO, Opera North, WNO). He was suave baritone who sang roles like Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni , and Almaviva. Today, he teaches at Trinity College Laban. He was instrumental in establishing the British Youth Opera.

    Alicia Nafé * 1947- Once a winner of the Lauri-Volpi prize, her signature role was Carmen, which took her to all major opera houses- but she also enjoyed acclaim at two Bayreuth seasons. Abour her recorded Cherubino, Stanley Sadie comments in Grammophone: "The Cherubino of Alicia Nafé is direct and musical, charming and shapely in "Voi che sapete", over which she is not encouraged to linger. Some might prefer a more boyish timbre but I do not find the femininity at all inappropriate."

    Guy De Mey *1955- One of the most reliable comprimario tenors of our times. One of his teachers was Eric Tappy, whose influence is clearly audible. He's also a terrific recitalist and oratorio singer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_de_Mey

  7. #96
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    5 Aug

    Apologies, I am pressed for time today... but here (in brief) is your birthday roll-call, for today:

    Erich Kleiber * 1890
    Ambroise Thomas * bicentennary 1811

  8. #97
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    8 Aug

    Sonja Frisell * 1937- I don't think there is an opera house where she has not directed. She learned her craft under the tutelage of JP Ponelle.

    József Gregor * 1940- This Hungarian bass originally studied to be a violinist. Sarastro, Osmin, Falstaff, Don Pasquale, Dulcamara, Don Basilio, Don Bartolo, Don Magnifico, Boris Godunov, Varlaam, Philip II, and Bluebeard are among his best creations. He was reasonably often recorded by the label Hungaroton. Five years ago, he sadlyfell victim to cancer.

  9. #98
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    9 Aug

    Sorry all- I am pressed for time, again today... here is today's abridged birthday roll-call:

    Ferenc Fricsay * 1914
    Rolf Gérard * 1909
    Geoffrey Chard * 1930

  10. #99
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    10 Aug

    Renate Holm * 1931- this German canary was inspired by Maria Cebotari to become a singer. She was very popular for her operetta renditions (often opposite Schock, Wunderlich, Prey and Rothenberger). She was also a great Aenchen, Adele, and Blonde. She also did quite a bit of cinema- particularly German "Heimatfilme"- (Nostalgically romantic Lassie-type movies for good German folk)... Von Karajan was a big fan of hers; she studied with the great Maria Ivogun. Her grandfather was Karl von Bülow.

    Ashley Putnam * 1952- Having one the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, her high-flying voice took her to Vienna, Covent Garden, Berlin, La Fenice, SF, and Chicago. Oddly, the record companies have ignored her, for the most part.

  11. #100
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BalloinMaschera View Post
    10 Aug

    Renate Holm * 1931- this German canary was inspired by Maria Cebotari to become a singer. She was very popular for her operetta renditions (often opposite Schock, Wunderlich, Prey and Rothenberger). She was also a great Aenchen, Adele, and Blonde. She also did quite a bit of cinema- particularly German "Heimatfilme"- (Nostalgically romantic Lassie-type movies for good German folk)... Von Karajan was a big fan of hers; she studied with the great Maria Ivogun. Her grandfather was Karl von Bülow.

    Ashley Putnam * 1952- Having one the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, her high-flying voice took her to Vienna, Covent Garden, Berlin, La Fenice, SF, and Chicago. Oddly, the record companies have ignored her, for the most part.
    oh dear- just to be clear... I do know the difference between "one" and "won"... oops

  12. #101
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    11 Aug

    Raymond Leppard * 1927- this English maestro is known for his detail, and innovative approach to baroque opera. His divided his time is divided between concert hall and opera houses (NY , SF, Covent Garden, Paris, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Santa Fe, Stockholm, Geneva). He is particularly associated with the BBC Northern Symph Orch. He's very friendly, and always seems to be smiling.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Leppard

    Cora Canne Meijer * 1929- She made her debut about 1950 at the "Nederlandse Opera" and this was the starting point of a long career. She performed roles as Rosina (Il Barbiere de Siviglia), Charlotte ( Werther), Carmen, Mignon, and performed in modern works as lieder singer. She sang in Geneva in two premieres: Monsieur de Pourceaugnac ( 1963, Martin) and La Mère Coupable ( 1966, Milhaud). Appearances in the "Holland Festival" and inside and outside of Europe. Also in Geneva she was celebrated as Eboli Amneris, Dalila, Ariadne Composer and Octavian. I am not sure that she still teaches, but in 2007, she was.

  13. #102
    Senior Member amfortas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,250
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BalloinMaschera View Post
    oh dear- just to be clear... I do know the difference between "one" and "won"... oops
    I understood you perfectly, Ballo. She won, so she was number one!

    Quote Originally Posted by BalloinMaschera View Post
    Raymond Leppard * 1927- this English maestro is known for his detail, and innovative approach to baroque opera. His divided his time is divided between concert hall and opera houses (NY , SF, Covent Garden, Paris, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Santa Fe, Stockholm, Geneva). He is particularly associated with the BBC Northern Symph Orch. He's very friendly, and always seems to be smiling.
    Sadly, he lost his hearing, then formed a rock band with a one-armed drummer.

  14. #103
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    12 Aug

    Antonio Cortis * 1891- One of the most impressive tenors of inter-war period. He bagan singing comprimario roles, and even sang Arlechino, next to Caruso's Canio. Particularly his verismo performances are of note. He is by many regarded as the pre-cursor to P Domingo.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Cortis

    Maria Olszewska * 1892- This dramatic mezzo sang Wagnerian and Italian roles on both sides of the Atlantic. Apparently she was quite popular among men, and had many suitors.

    http://www.opera-gems.com/reflection...aOlszewska.htm

    Trude Eipperle * 1910- This German soprano was popular in Salzburg and Bayreuth, and also made appearances in Milan and London. However, she was most associated with Munich. Her fach was jugendlich -dramatisch, with occasional nods to lyric roles like Pamina.

    http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Eipperle-Trude.htm

    Harry Kupfer * 1935- Some love him, many don't. In Berlin and Bayreuth he is legendary.

    Huguette Tourangeau * 1938- Having won the MET opera council auditions, this oboe-toned mezzo had a very successful career, particularly as under the tutelage of Richard Bonynge. Together with Horne, she was Sutherland's mezzo of choice.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huguette_Tourangeau

    Melanie Holliday * 1951- The Germans and Austrians love this American soprano, where she has pop-star like status. She is somewhat of the pre-cursor to Eva Lind, but in a lyric version. She was particularly successful in operetta, and was often the partner of Rene Kollo when he had his forays into the genre. She originally wanted to be a ballerina.

    http://melanieholliday.com/

  15. #104
    Senior Member amfortas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,250
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BalloinMaschera View Post
    She originally wanted to be a ballerina.
    Sigh . . . didn't we all?

  16. #105
    Senior Member BalloinMaschera's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    sorry guys, I was too busy, yesterday to do the birthday roll call- but here's today's

    16 Aug

    Heinrich August Marschner * 1795- He was once extremely popular and is today too often ignored, he gave us Hans Heilig, Der Vampyr, Der Templer and Die Juedin. He did not get along with von Weber, but was quite close to both Beethoven & Mendelssohn. Stylistically, he is somewhere between v Weber & Wagner.

    http://www.allmusic.com/artist/heinr...arschner-q4036

    Osie Hawkins * 1913- One of the MET's most reliable comprimario baritones. He later graduated to major roles, like Wotan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/15/ob...alwart-79.html

    Janis Martin * 1939- originally a mezzo, this great American soprano sang at Bayreuth for almost 3 (!) decades. She had a big voice, which could at times be a tad unruly.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janis_Martin_(soprano)

    Sharon Sweet * 1951- She's a big girl, with a lovely spinto/dramatic voice. Now past her peak, together with Millo, she should be considered America's best soprano vocal import of the last decades, for the Italian canon. Her Wagner assumptions were also highly regarded.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Sweet

    Gianna Rolandi * 1952- also known as Mrs Andrew Davis, she not only had a very successful soubrettish/coloratura career, but also became a successful operatic administrator (Chicago). The recording companies ignored her,for the most part- only a few studio recordings were made (including a Nozze Susanna)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianna_Rolandi

    Alexandru Agache * 1955- Romania has produced some terrific voices, and Agache leads the way, today- and folllows in Herlea's footsteps. The voice is suave yet potent and very intelligently applied. While now already 56, he has to be considered as one of today's best baritones.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandru_Agache

  17. Likes schigolch liked this post
Page 7 of 33 FirstFirst ... 3456789101117 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Happy Birthday Krummhorn
    By sospiro in forum Community Forum
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: May-12-2011, 19:50
  2. happy birthday
    By david johnson in forum Community Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Jan-21-2010, 22:10
  3. Happy Birthday Stravinsky!
    By Bach in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: Jun-19-2009, 03:29
  4. Happy Birthday Q!!!
    By Nox in forum Community Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Sep-20-2004, 17:52
  5. Happy Birthday, Nox!!!
    By baroque flute in forum Community Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Aug-23-2004, 17:46

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •