Although her career was tragically short, Kathleen Ferrier was being among the most famous British singers from the twentieth century. Her contralto tone of voice — a rarity alone — was seen as a a company, warm firmness that discovered its expressive market in the fantastic functions of oratorio and artwork song, in addition to in her two operatic functions (just two!): Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Given birth to in Lancashire on Apr 22, 1912, Ferrier analyzed the piano with great achievement as a kid and meant a concert profession; her concurrent vocal research were considered even more recreational in character. In her middle-20s, nevertheless, after acquiring two first awards in the 1937 Carlisle Event — one for piano and something for performing — she made a decision to pursue performing as her vocation. She examined with J.E. Hutchinson in Newcastle upon Tyne, after that with Roy Henderson in London. Through the many years of WWII Ferrier toured broadly in England, attaining a popularity as a particularly fine concert musician. She became a member of the Bach Choir in London, and was alto soloist for the 1943 functionality of Handel’s Messiah at Westminster Abbey. Benjamin Britten initial put her in the operatic stage at Glyndebourne on July 12, 1946, within the premiere of his chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia. She after that toured with the task throughout Britain and appeared with an historical recording of main extracts from the task conducted with the composer. Britten would afterwards compose the alto component in his Canticle No. 2 on her behalf. She appeared in america for the very first time in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the brand new York Philharmonic and Bruno Walter; her following recording of the task — also under Walter’s path — remains a vintage. Walter also made an appearance as her accompanist in lieder recitals in Edinburgh and London. Another of Ferrier’s significant successes was the area of the Angel in Elgar’s The Imagine Gerontius. In Feb 1953, Covent Backyard staged Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice designed for Ferrier, who was simply deemed perfect for the section of Orpheus. Nevertheless, she could appear in just two of the planned four performances due to weakness due to her currently advanced cancer. We were holding her last performances; she passed away in London on Oct 8, 1953. Before she passed away she was produced a Commander from the Order from the British Empire.
|1||She was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in Golders Green, London, England.|
|2||She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1953 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to music.|
|3||The Kathleen Ferrier Awards, instituted 1956, are considered Britain's most prestigious singing awards.|
|4||Opera singer (contralto).|
|Waking the Dead||2007||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|The Taste of Others||2000||performer: "I Would That My Love, Opus 63. No. 1", "Let Us Wander, Not Unseen", "Spring is Coming"|
|Lust och fägring stor||1995||performer: "Kindertotenlieder"|
|The Long Day Closes||1992||performer: "Blow the Wind Southerly"|
|Blakes 7||1978||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Mr. Klein||1976||performer: "Kindertotenlieder - Nun Will Die Sonn' So Hell Aufgehn"|
|This Man Must Die||1969||performer: "Vier ernste Gesänge" - as Katleen Ferrier|
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