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Beverly Wolff

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1928
Year of Death: 2005

About Beverly Wolff:

Beverly Wolff (November 6, 1928 – August 14, 2005) was an American mezzo-soprano who had an active career in concerts and operas from the early 1950s to the early 1980s. She performed a broad repertoire which encompassed operatic and concert works in many languages and from a variety of musical periods. She was a champion of new works, notably premiering compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Gian Carlo Menotti, Douglas Moore, and Ned Rorem among other American composers. She also performed in a number of rarely heard baroque operas by George Frideric Handel with the New York City Opera (NYCO), the Handel Society of New York, and at the Kennedy Center Handel Festivals.

Wolff made only a few appearances on the international stage during her career, choosing instead to work with important opera companies and orchestras in the United States. She was particularly active with the NYCO with whom she performed frequently from 1958-1971. Opera News stated, "Wolff was one of a golden generation of American singers who dominated the NYCO roster during the general directorship of Julius Rudel. Her combination of stylish, intelligent singing and "big brass sound," as she termed it, was a key element in some of the company's most celebrated productions."

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Wolff studied the trumpet in her native city and began her career as a trumpeter with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) while still a teenager. She actively performed with the ASO as both a soloist and a member of the first trumpet section while a student at the University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in English literature in the Spring of 1950. It was while playing with the ASO that Wolff's singing voice was discovered by conductor Henry Sopkin. Wolff abandoned the trumpet section and sang the alto solos in the Verdi "Requiem" replacing an ailing mezzo-soprano at age 20. Sopkin encouraged her to pursue vocal training and she subsequently was selected to study at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia in the fall of 1950, where she was a pupil of Sidney Dietch and Vera Mclntyre. While a student at AVA, she was discouraged from taking outside auditions, but won an audition to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She sang "Che farò senza Euridice" at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and became a favorite of Eugene Ormandy and other conductors.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Va tacito e nascosto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Achilla/Cesare/Cornelia/Sesto
2Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
3Parto parto ma tu ben mio Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
4Deh! per questo Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
5Ah! bello a me ritorna Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
6Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
7Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
8Svegliatevi nel core Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
9Oh! rimembranza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
10L'angue offeso mai riposa Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
11Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
12All afflitto e dolce il pianto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sara
13Dormono entrambi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
14Si fino all'ore estreme Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
15Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
16L'amor suo mi fe beata Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta
17Ei tornera Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Clotilde
18Oh! Dei che smania Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
19Deh! con te li prendi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
20Ah! si fa core e abbracciami Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
21Quello di Tito e il volto Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: trioVoice: Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto/Tito/Publio
22Ich will deinen Mund küssen! Popularity:

Opera: SalomeComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Salome
23Cornelia e tempo omai Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cornelia
24Mà che! vile e negletta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cA S S cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia/Cleopatra/Sesto/Nireno
25Lascia questo sigillo Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA/Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Sesto
26Vani sono i lamenti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.04-3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
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