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 the category has been known as Best Classical Vocal Solo

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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  • 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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