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Eileen Farrell


While opera singers who dabble in well-known music are normal, those who achieve this successfully are uncommon, and the ones with huge dramatic voices who achieve this are rarer still. Eileen Farrell was as genuine and organic a blues and jazz vocalist as she was an operatic soprano. She was actually convenient for the concert stage, on radio, and in the documenting studio room than in the opera home. She sang fairly few fully-staged shows and was ambivalent about opera and especially opera house administration throughout her whole profession (when she trained at Indiana College or university, she hung an indicator outside her workplace that examine, “Help stamp out opera.”) Her tone of voice was large, but with the capacity of great nuances in quantity and expressiveness in addition to fast and accurate coloratura, allowing her sing bel canto jobs such as for example Cherubini’s Medea, the spinto-coloratura Leonora in Verdi’s Il trovatore, the verismo Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and the fantastic Wagner elements of Isolde and Brünnhilde (in concert). Her parents had been both performers, The Performing O’Farrells, and knowing her potential, delivered her to review voice in NY. She auditioned for different radio displays and was employed by CBS for chorus and ensemble function. In 1941, she got her very own plan, Eileen Farrell Sings, where she performed tracks and lighter traditional music. She continued to be together until 1947, when she begun to explore various other venues, like the Bach Aria Group. She also began monitoring with Eleanor McLellan, who helped her hone her vocal technique, especially helping her create a pianissimo. In 1955, she sang for the film dramatization of vocalist Marjorie Lawrence’s lifestyle, Interrupted Melody (Eleanor Parker acted the function), as well as the music, which range from folk to Brünnhilde’s immolation picture, demonstrated off her power, wealthy voice, and flexibility. In 1957, she made an appearance for the very first time for the opera stage, as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana in Tampa, FL, and 2 yrs afterwards, sang for the very first time in London, within a recital. She produced her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1960 within the name function of Gluck’s Alceste, and in 1962, earned a Grammy on her behalf documenting of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder as well as the “Immolation Picture” from Götterdämmerung, executed by Leonard Bernstein. Her romantic relationship with Met administration was a distressing one, partly because of distinctions of personalities and her locating the repertoire they provided unchallenging, and her agreement was permitted to drop in 1965. Towards the finish of the 10 years, her tone of voice was starting to display signs of put on towards the top, and Farrell relocated back to jazz and blues recordings, and trained music at Indiana University or college. She produced her last record in 1993, at age 72. Farrell passed away on March 23, 2002.

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Full Name Eileen Farrell
Date Of Birth February 13, 1920
Died March 23, 2002, Park Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Profession Opera Singer, Voice teacher
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Music Songs I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene, Something Cool, I'm Old Fashioned, Moon and Sand, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, He Was Too Good to Me, When Your Lover Has Gone, Where or When, The End of a Love Affair, O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry, A Quiet Thing, Blackberry Winter, Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin? from Fidelio, Grands dieux! du destin, qui m'accable from Alceste, If Someday Comes Ever Again, Aida, Act I: "Ritorna vincitor", Sleep, Holy Babe, Hello, Young Lovers, Brahe: Bless This House, Where's That Heartache?, I'm Shadowing You, Messiah, HWV 56: No. 48. Air: The trumpet shall sound, Messiah, HWV 56: No. 53. Chorus: Worthy is the lamb that was slain, Messiah, HWV 56: Part II - No. 22. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God, Out of This World, Atto I. "Ah! quando all'ara scorgemi" / "In tal giorno di contento" / "Ah! dal cielo discenda un raggio", Seguidilla, Messiah, HWV 56, Part I: He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd, Stormy Weather, Musetta's Waltz
Albums Maria Stuarda, Puccini Arias, The Magnificent Voice Of Eileen Farrell, This Fling Called Love, Carols for Christmas Eve, My Very Best, Great Duets From Verdi Operas, Eileen Farrell Sings Harold Arlen, Eileen Farrell Sings Rodgers & Hart, Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Götterdämmerung, Parsifal, Tristan Und Isolde, Verdi Arias, Berg: Wozzeck (Live, Mono Version), Puccini Arias and Others in the Great Tradition [Great Performances], Here I Go Again, Viva La Verdi, Interrupted Melody, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, With Much Love, Eileen Farrell Sings Alec Wilder, It's Over, Cherubini: Medea, Highlights (Mono Version), On the Sunnyside of the Street, Richard Tucker Sings Verdi, The Very Best Of, This Time It's Love, Los clásicos de la Ópera, No. 23: Wozzeck (Orquesta Filarmónica de Nueva York feat. conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos), The Voices of Christmas, Christmas Carols (Choral Edition), Joy to the World, The Greatest Hits Collection, What Child Is This (The Christmas Songs), Silent Night, Holy Night, The Christmas Music Family, Soprano, Christmas Celebration: Eileen Farrell (Original Christmas Songs), The Anthologies: Snow in the Street (Christmas Deluxe) [Eileen Farrell, Luther Henderson & His Orchestra Collection], Platinum Christmas Collection (Remastered), The Royal Edition, Volume 100: Selections from Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, Götterdämmerung / Wesendonck-Lieder, The Christmas Collection - Carols and Hymns, The First Noel, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - The Christmas Songs, Let It Snow, Back 2 Back Divas, The Joy of Christmas (A Timeless Christmas Recordings), Eileen Farrel Sings the American Standards, Christmas Nights, Carols for Christmas (Original Album 1959), I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues, Carols for Christmas, The Three Queens
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Movies Eileen Farrell: An American Prima Donna

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1 Was a classical and popular voice professor at Indiana University School of Music.
2 Daughter of traveling Irish vaudevillians.
3 Children: son Robert and daughter Kathleen.
4 Popular opera singer in 1950s and 1960s.



A Musical Toast: The Stars Shine on Public Television 1987 TV Movie performer: "Some Other Time"
The Danny Kaye Show 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Creative Performer 1960 TV Movie documentary performer: "Suicidio"
1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration 1955 Short documentary performer: "Over the Rainbow"
Interrupted Melody 1955 performer: "Don Carlos" 1867, "II Trovatore" 1853, "Madame Butterfly" 1904, "Carmen" 1875, "Samson and Delilah" 1877, "Gotterdammerung" 1876, "Tristan und Isolde" 1856-9, "Annie Laurie" 1834-5, "Over the Rainbow" 1939, "Anchors Aweigh" 1906, "Musetta's Waltz", "The Marine Hymn" ©1891, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" 1942, "Waltzing Matilda" 1903 - uncredited



Interrupted Melody 1955 Student at Mme. Gilly's (uncredited)



A Musical Toast: The Stars Shine on Public Television 1987 TV Movie Herself
Great Performances 1981 TV Series Herself
Evening at Pops 1974 TV Series documentary Herself
The Carol Burnett Show 1968-1971 TV Series Herself
Call My Bluff 1965 TV Series Herself
Girl Talk 1965 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965 TV Series Herself
The Entertainers 1965 TV Series Herself
Get the Message 1964 TV Series Herself
The Garry Moore Show 1961-1964 TV Series Herself
The Danny Kaye Show 1963 TV Series Herself
Opening Night at Lincoln Center 1962 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1959-1961 TV Series Singer / Opera soprano
The Creative Performer 1960 TV Movie documentary Herselfs-sSoprano
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Christophers 1955 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 TV Series Herself - Opera Singer

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Great Moments in Opera 1997 TV Movie Herself

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