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Judith Blegen

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Judith Blegen, an effective lyric coloratura soprano, was known for singing the high-flying, gleaming functions, like Musetta in La bohème personally, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and Blondchen in Pass away Entführung aus dem Serail; she also excelled in oratorio and recital repertory. Her profession started in 1963, while still students in the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, when she was involved to execute at Gian Carlo Menotti’s Spoleto event. (The composer would create the part of Emily in his opera Help! Help! The Globolinks! for Blegen in 1969). Blegen spent another many years cultivating an operatic profession in Europe, 1st in Nuremburg, and in Vienna and Salzburg. Throughout that period she founded herself like a top-notch performer in a multitude of functions, including Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Susanna (The Relationship of Figaro), Olympia (The Stories of Hoffmann), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), and Papagena (The Magic Flute). From 1969 on, Blegen sang regularly at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where she added Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Sophie, Blondchen, and Gilda (Rigoletto) to her repertory, in addition to a great many other leading functions. Covent Garden involved her for any creation of Così lover tutte in 1975, and in 1977 she produced her debut in the Paris Opera, additional cementing her worldwide reputation. The very best types of Blegen’s singing maintained on record consist of an Exultate Jubilate of Mozart and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass on Sony, a La bohème on RCA with Plácido Domingo and Sherill Milnes, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Michael Tilson Thomas on CBS.

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Full Name Judith Blegen
Profession Opera Singer
Education Curtis Institute of Music
Nationality American
Music Songs Solvejgs Lied, Haydn: Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse" - Agnus Dei, Don Carlo, Act I: Act I Scene 1: Prelude - Carlo, il sommo imperatore, Endimione e Cintia: "Se geloso e il mio core", Le bonheur est chose légère, Haydn: Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse" / Credo - Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Song with Chorus "You spotted snakes", La Bohème: Act III: Chi nel ber trovò il piacer, Duets: Klosterfräulein, Op. 61, No. 2, Don Carlo, Act III: Act III Scene 1: Giustizia, giustizia, Sire!, Four Duets, Op. 61: No. 2, Klosterfräulein, Zaide, K. 344, Act I: Act I: Trio: O selige Wonne, Don Carlo, Act I: Act I Scene 1: E lui! Desso … l'Infante!, La Bohème: Act II: Gioventù mia - Sciogli, slaccia!, La Bohème: Act II: Quando m'en vo', 4. VORREI, SPIEGARVI, OH DIO. ADAGIO - ALLEGRO, K. 418, Su le sponde del Tebro. Cantata: Sinfonia - Recitativo "Su le sponde del Tebro" - Aria "Contentatevi, o fidi pensieri", Haydn: Missa in tempore belli "Paukenmesse" / Gloria - Quoniam tu solus sanctus, Don Carlo, Act I: Act I Scene 2: Io vengo a domandar, Don Carlo, Act IV: Act IV: Tu che la vanita, Zaide, K. 344, Act II: Act II: Preis und Dank sei deiner Huld!, Don Carlo, Act II: Act II Scene 2: Soccorso alla Regina!, Duets: Weg der Liebe , Op. 20, No. 1, Le Nozze di Figaro, K.492 , Act IV: Giunse alfin il momento, Duets: Weg der Liebe , Op. 20, No. 2, Don Carlo, Act III: Act III Scene 1: Ella giammai m'amo!, Don Carlo, Act II: Act II Scene 1: Carlo, se mai su te fogli importanti serbi, Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165 Motet for Soprano: III., Lulu Suite - Symphonic Pieces from the Opera Lulu: III. Lied der Lulu. Comodo, Mahler: Symphony No.8 In E Flat - "Symphony Of A Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust" - "Vom edlen Geisterchor umgeben" - "Komm! hebe dich zu höhern Sphären" - "Blicket auf zum Retterblick", Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act I: "Se a caso Madama", Le Nozze di Figaro, K.492 , Act IV: Deh vieni, non tardar
Albums La Bohème, Carmina Burana, Die Schöpfung: Arien und Chöre, Soprano Arias, Messiah: Highlights, Mahler: Symphony No.8, Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48 / Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: Robert Shaw), Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Schubert: Rosamunde, The Marriage of Figaro (conductor: Daniel Barenboim)
Movies Haydn: Die Schopfung, Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, Luciano Pavarotti: Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera, Herbert von Karajan: New Year's Eve Concert 1984: Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2, Un Ballo in Maschera: Verdi: Metropolitan Opera


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1980-1986 TV Series Adele / Gretel / Sophie / ...
Die Entführung aus dem Serail 1969 TV Movie Blondchen
Orpheus und Eurydike 1968 TV Movie Amor

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Haydn: Die Schöpfung 1986 TV Special Soprano
Joseph Haydn Mass: In Tempore belli 1984 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1975-1979 TV Series Herself
Arena 1976 TV Series documentary Herself - Susanna
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 8 1975 TV Movie documentary Herself - Sopran

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