Elizabeth Connell

Soprano. Born 22 October 1946. Died 18 February 2012
Elizabeth Connell
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1946-10-22
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Elizabeth Connell

Elizabeth Connell Biography (Wikipedia)

Frances Elizabeth Connell (22 October 1946 – 18 February 2012) was a South African-born operatic mezzo-soprano, and later soprano, whose career took place mainly in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Connell was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1946, to an English Catholic father from Yorkshire and an Irish Protestant mother from Ulster, one of five children. She read music at the University of the Witwatersrand, and after taking her degree, taught geography in secondary school.

Connell attained an opera scholarship to the London Opera Centre, and came to the UK in 1970. Her teachers there included Otakar Kraus, who told her that 'one day you'll be a dramatic soprano'. In 1972, she was a winner of the Maggie Teyte prize for young musicians, and also made her professional debut at Wexford Festival Opera, as she was not able initially to appear in British opera houses, as a white South African during the era of apartheid. She attained Irish citizenship via her grandfather. She read music at the University of the Witwatersrand, and after taking her degree, taught geography in secondary school. At the invitation of Edward Downes, she sang at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in Prokofiev's War and Peace in 1973, as Princess Marya, and continued to have a special relationship with Opera Australia for the rest of her career. Her UK career attained greater prominence after her appearance at the 1975 First Night of The Proms in Mahler's Symphony No 8. She then had a regular five-year association with English National Opera.

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Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel and Gretel: Part 2
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Hansel and Gretel: Part 2
Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel and Gretel: Part 1
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Hansel and Gretel: Part 1
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music (ending)
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Serenade to Music (ending)
Granville Bantock
Song of songs - lyrical drama in 5 scenes
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Song of songs - lyrical drama in 5 scenes
Granville Bantock
The Wilderness and the solitary place for soprano and orchestra
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The Wilderness and the solitary place for soprano and orchestra
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2004: Prom 46
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Royal Albert Hall
2004-08-20T08:09:10
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Aug
2004

Proms 2004: Prom 46

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2003: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
2003-07-20T08:09:10
20
Jul
2003

Proms 2003: Prom 03

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1990: Prom 27
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Royal Albert Hall
1990-08-12T08:09:10
12
Aug
1990

Proms 1990: Prom 27

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1988: Prom 39
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Royal Albert Hall
1988-08-24T08:09:10
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Aug
1988

Proms 1988: Prom 39

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1986: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1986
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Royal Albert Hall
1986-07-18T08:09:10
18
Jul
1986

Proms 1986: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1986

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