List of operatic contraltos

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The American contralto Marian Anderson who made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera.[1]

The contralto voice in opera and classical music has a range which typically lies between the F below middle C (F3) to two Fs above middle C (F5). In the lower and upper extremes, some contralto voices can sing from the E below middle C (E3) to two Bs above middle C (B5).[2] The contralto voice has the lowest tessitura of the female voices and is noted for its rich and deep vocal timbre.[3] True operatic contraltos are very rare.[4] The following is a list of contralto singers who have regularly performed unamplified classical or operatic music in concert halls and/or opera houses.[5]

A–L[edit]

The celebrated Italian-born contralto, Marietta Alboni, who made her La Scala debut as Neocle in the Italian version of Le siège de Corinthe.[6]

M–Z[edit]

The celebrated Austrian-born contralto, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, who made her operatic debut as Azucena in Il trovatore.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Jones
  2. ^ McKinney (1994)
  3. ^ Appelman (1986)
  4. ^ Meyers (1996)
  5. ^ Unless otherwise indicated all names on this list appear in either Jander et al. or Meyers (1996)
  6. ^ (Italian) Arthur Pougin, Marietta Alboni, p. 26. Cesena, Il Ponte Vecchio, 2001. ISBN 88-8312-178-3
  7. ^ San Francisco Chronicle, "Garnett, Eula Beal", 3 August 2008
  8. ^ a b Hall (2002) p. 725
  9. ^ Hall (2002) p. 1093
  10. ^ The Musical Times,, "Muriel Brunskill", Vol. 121, No. 1646 (Apr., 1980), p. 267
  11. ^ The New York Times, "Death of Belle Cole", 6 January 1905, p. 9
  12. ^ Rutherford (2006) p. 175
  13. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia, "Forrester, Maureen"
  14. ^ Talbot, Michael, Girò [Tessieri], Anna (Maddalena), in Sadie, Stanley (ed), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (II, p. 433). New York, Grove (Oxford University Press), 1997. ISBN 978-0-19-522186-2
  15. ^ "Famous Singer of Olden Days was San Francisco Discovery". The San Francisco Chronicle, 20 March 1921. p 4.
  16. ^ Ericson, Raymond, "Lortzing's Operas Do Not Travel Too Well", The New York Times, 16 August 1964
  17. ^ Hall (2002) p. 473
  18. ^ So, Joseph, "Quebec Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux Makes a Brilliant Ontario Debut", La Scena Musicale, 30 July 2001
  19. ^ Shawe-Taylor, Desmond, "Schumann-Heink Ernestine", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy. Accessed 4 November 2009 via subscription)
  20. ^ a b c d e f Celletti (2000), chapter: Requiem per il contralto, pp. 236–245
  21. ^ Shawe-Taylor, Desmond, "Onégin, Sigrid", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy. Accessed 4 November 2009 via subscription)
  22. ^ Time, "Contralto on Broadway", 30 June 1947
  23. ^ Dean, Winton, "Robinson, Anastasia", in Stanley Sadie|Sadie, Stanley (ed), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (III, pp. 1360–1361). New York, Grove (Oxford University Press), 1997. ISBN 978-0-19-522186-2.
  24. ^ "Nathalie Stutzmann : une voix en or", La Dépêche du Midi, 14 October 2009
  25. ^ Entry: Vestris [née Bartolozzi] Lucia Elizabeth [Eliza Lucy], in Sadie, S. (ed), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (IV, pp. 979–980). New York, Grove (Oxford University Press), 1997. ISBN 978-0-19-522186-2
  26. ^ Steane, John, "Obituary: Helen Watts, contralto", Gramophone, 23 October 2009

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