Agnes Baltsa
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1944-11-19
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Agnes Baltsa Biography (Wikipedia)

Agni Baltsa (Greek: Aγνή Mπάλτσα; also known as Agnes Baltsa; born 19 November 1944) is a leading Greek mezzo-soprano singer.

Baltsa was born in Lefkada. She began playing piano at the age of six, before moving to Athens in 1958 to concentrate on singing. She graduated from the Greek National Conservatoire in 1965 and then travelled to Munich to continue studying under a Maria Callas scholarship.

Baltsa made her first appearance in an opera in 1968 as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro at Frankfurt Opera, before going on to appear as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Vienna State Opera in 1970. Under the guidance of Herbert von Karajan, she soon became a regular at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. She became Kammersängerin of the Vienna State Opera in 1980.

Her most well known performance is that of Carmen by Georges Bizet, which she has sung a number of times with great tenors such as José Carreras, Neil Shicoff, and others. She has also sung works by Mozart (notably Così fan tutte), Rossini (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Semiramide, L'italiana in Algeri), Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana), Saint-Saëns (Samson et Dalila), Verdi (Aida, La forza del destino, Il trovatore, Don Carlos), Bellini (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Donizetti (Il Campanello, Maria Stuarda).

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Agnes Baltsa Tracks

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Gioachino Rossini
Duet: Dunque io son. Tu non m'inganni? - Act 1 Barber of Seville (feat. Agnes Baltsa, Thomas S. Allen, Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner)
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Duet: Dunque io son. Tu non m'inganni? - Act 1 Barber of Seville (feat. Agnes Baltsa, Thomas S. Allen, Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner)
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Aγνή Mπάλτσα, Giuseppe Verdi & Herbert von Karajan
Don Carlo - O don fatale
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Don Carlo - O don fatale

Don Carlo - O don fatale

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BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Aγνή Mπάλτσα, Giuseppe Verdi & Herbert von Karajan
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1982: Prom 53
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Royal Albert Hall
1982-09-08T13:37:43
8
Sep
1982

Proms 1982: Prom 53

19:00
Royal Albert Hall

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