Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo

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The Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo has been awarded since 1959. There have been several minor changes to the name of the award over this time:

  • From 1959 to 1960 and from 1962 to 1964 the award was known as Best Classical Performance - Vocal Soloist (with or without orchestra)
  • In 1961 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Vocal Soloist
  • In 1965 it was awarded as Best Vocal Soloist Performance (with or without orchestra)
  • In 1966, 1968 and from 1971 to 1990 it was awarded as Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
  • In 1967 it was awarded as Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance (with or without orchestra)
  • In 1969 it was awarded as Best Vocal Soloist Performance
  • In 1970 it was awarded as Best Vocal Soloist Performance, Classical
  • In 1991 it was awarded as Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • In 1992 it was awarded as Best Classical Vocal Soloist
  • From 1993 to 2011 it returned to being awarded as Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • From 2012 to 2014 it was awarded as Best Classical Vocal Solo
  • From 2015 the award will be known as Best Classical Solo Vocal Album and will be open for albums only (in previous years single tracks were also eligible for the award, although in most cases the awards and nominations went to albums)

The Grammy is awarded to one or more vocal soloist(s). Accompanying musicians, orchestras and/or conductors are not eligible for the award.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

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2000s[edit]

  • Grammy Awards of 2009
    • Hila Plitmann (soloist), John Corigliano, Tim Handley & Tom Lazarus (engineers), John Corigliano & Tim Handley (producers) for Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan

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  • Angela Maria Blasi and Stella Doufexis for Marx: Orchestral Songs (Songs for High & Middle Voice; Verklartes Jahr)
  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson for Handel: Arias (Theodora; La Lucrezia-Cantata; Serse)
  • Karita Mattila for Grieg and Sibelius Songs
  • Thomas Quasthoff for A Romantic Songbook (Strauss, Schumann, Schubert, Mendelssohn, etc)


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1990s[edit]

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  • Roberto Alagna for Roberto Alagna - Operatic Arias (Works of Donizetti, Massenet, etc.)
  • Wolfgang Holzmair for Schumann: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis, Op. 24; Heine Lieder
  • Sergei Leiferkus for Mussorgsky Songs (Songs and Dances of Death, The Nursery, etc)
  • Bryn Terfel for The Vagabond (Songs by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, etc.)


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  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky for Songs and Dances of Death (Works of Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Borodin, etc.)
  • Peter Schreier for Mendelssohn: Lieder (Der Mond; Reiselied, etc.)
  • Bryn Terfel for An Die Musik - Favorite Schubert Songs (Die Forelle; An Die Leier, etc.)
  • Anne Sofie von Otter for Love's Twilight - Late Romantic Songs by Berg, Korngold, R. Strauss


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  • Elly Ameling for Schubert: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7
  • Jan DeGaetani for Berlioz: Les Nuits d Ete, Op. 7; Mahler: 5 Wunderhorn Songs and 5 Ruckert Songs
  • Thomas Hampson for Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Mahler, Brahms, Schumann, Loewe, Strauss, Zemlinsky, von Weber)
  • Sanford Sylvan for Adams: The Wound-Dresser



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1980s[edit]

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  • Arleen Auger for Love Songs (Copland, R. Strauss, Poulenc, Mahler, Schumann, Gounod, Schubert)
  • Jan DeGaetani for Songs of America
  • Christa Ludwig for Schubert: Winterreise
  • Jessye Norman for Handel, Schubert, Schumann: Lieder (Jessye Norman - Live at Hohenems)


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  • Elly Ameling for Soire Francaise (Debussy, Faure, Poulenc, Franck, Canteloube, Roussel, Chausson, Messiaen, etc.)
  • Arleen Auger for Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Violincellos
  • Marni Nixon for Copland: 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Jessye Norman for R. Strauss: Lieder (Including Malven)


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  • Elly Ameling for Soire Francaise (Debussy, Faure, Poulenc, Franck, Canteloube, Roussel, Chausson, Messiaen, etc.)
  • Arleen Auger for Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Violincellos
  • Marni Nixon for Copland: 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Jessye Norman for R. Strauss: Lieder (Including Malven)


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  • Elly Ameling for Faure: La Bonne Chanson; Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis and Ariettes Oubliees
  • Jessye Norman for Berlioz: La Mort de Cleopatre
  • Kiri Te Kanawa for Mozart: Concert Arias (Andromeda, Il Burbero di Buon Core, Artaserse, Idomeneo, Cerere Placata)
  • Frederica von Stade for Frederica von Stade Live!


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