Adele Leigh

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1928
Year of Death: 2004

About Adele Leigh:

Adele Leigh (15 June 1928 – 23 May 2004) was an English operatic soprano, later the wife of the Austrian ambassador in London.

Adele Leigh was born in London on 15 June 1928. Her father left when she was two and she was brought up in Highbury by her mother, Betty, and her Polish-Jewish immigrant grandparents. At the start of the World War II, the family moved to Reading, where they all shared one rented room in a large house. A few years later, the family returned to London, and she went to Crouch End High School for Girls.

Leigh trained at RADA and later at the Juilliard School, New York, and in 1948 joined the opera company at Covent Garden.

In 1948, Leigh was recruited by the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and was, at 19 years old, the youngest principal among such future stars as Geraint Evans and Sylvia Fisher. The previous day, impresario C. B. Cochran had signed her in the leading role of Bless the Bride, a new musical by Vivian Ellis and A. P. Herbert. After much negotiating, Cochran released Leigh from the contract.

Leigh made her Covent Garden debut as Countess Ceprano in Verdi's Rigoletto. She first achieved critical notice as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, soon adding Susanna and Cherubino to her repertoire. She went on to sing Pamina in The Magic Flute and the title role in Massenet's Manon, which she learnt in a week. She sang Sophie in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, under Erich Kleiber, and the Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio under Rudolf Kempe.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ah! fuggi il traditor! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
2So muss allein ich bleiben Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.14

Type: trio,recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Falke/Rosalinde
3Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: T/Br Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
4Dieser Anstand so manierlich Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Gabriel
5Thanks to these lonesome vales Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
6Shake the cloud from off your brow Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
7Grief increases by concealing Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: S Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Dido
8Pursue thy conquest love Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
9Whence could so much virtue spring Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz/S SLanguage: English

Roles: Dido/Belinda
10Da schreibt meine Schwester Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Adele
11Nein nein ich zweifle gar nicht mehr Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.20

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Frank
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