Beverly Sills

Soprano. Born 25 May 1929. Died 2 July 2007
Beverly Sills
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1929-05-25
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Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills Biography (Wikipedia)

Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s.

Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature roles include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Massenet's Manon, Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment, the three heroines in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, and most notably Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux.

The New York Times noted, "In her prime her technique was exemplary. She could dispatch coloratura roulades and embellishments, capped by radiant high Ds and E-flats, with seemingly effortless agility. She sang with scrupulous musicianship, rhythmic incisiveness and a vivid sense of text." NPR commented, her voice was "Capable of spinning a seemingly endless legato line, or bursting with crystalline perfection into waves of dazzling fiorature and thrilling high notes."

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Jules Massenet
Manon: Quelqu'un! ... J'ai Marque l'heure du depart and Nous Vivrons a Paris
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Manon: Quelqu'un! ... J'ai Marque l'heure du depart and Nous Vivrons a Paris
Gaetano Donizetti
Maria Stuarda - opera seria in 3 acts
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Maria Stuarda - opera seria in 3 acts
Gaetano Donizetti
Anna Bolena - Act 1 In Separato
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Anna Bolena - Act 1 In Separato
Beverly Sills
Manon - Act 2 extract (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel & Nicolai Gedda)
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Manon - Act 2 extract (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel & Nicolai Gedda)
John Alldis Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Verdi, Aldo Ceccato, Nicolai Gedda & Beverly Sills
Brindisi (La traviata)
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Brindisi (La traviata)

Brindisi (La traviata)

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John Alldis Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Verdi, Aldo Ceccato, Nicolai Gedda & Beverly Sills
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