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Carolyn Watkinson

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo-soprano
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1949

About Carolyn Watkinson:

The English mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson (born 19 March 1949) is a well-known singer of baroque music. Her voice is alternately characterized as mezzo-soprano and contralto.

Watkinson was born in Preston and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and in The Hague. In 1978 she sang Rameau's Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie) at the English Bach Festival at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1979 she appeared as Monteverdi's Nero (L'incoronazione di Poppea) with De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. Also in 1979 she was featured as the contralto soloist in Christopher Hogwood's landmark recording of Handel's Messiah, with the Academy of Ancient Music.

In 1981 Watkinson made her La Scala debut in the title role of Ariodante and sang Rossini's Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Stuttgart. She appeared as Gluck's Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1982, and made her formal debut at Glyndebourne as Cherubino (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro) in 1984.

1987 Watkinson toured Australia. She was a soloist in Bach's St. John Passion at Gloucester Cathedral in a performance shown on BBC TV on Good Friday in 1989. In 1990, she appeared as Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Salerno Cathedral and sang Nero at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
2Pur ti miro Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.09

Type: duetVoice: cT/S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nerone/Poppea
3Che faro senza Euridice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
4Cara sposa Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
5Thy hand Belinda when I am laid Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
6Dopo notte Popularity:

Opera: AriodanteComposer: HandelAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ariodante
7Dove sei? Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
8Or la tromba Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
9Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
10Du bist der Lenz Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
11Ah! Belinda I am prest Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
12Addio o miei sospiri Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
13Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

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

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
14Vo' far guerra Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida
15Bel piacere Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Almirena
16Ma io Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera
17Pompe vane di morte! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
18Whence could so much virtue spring Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz/S SLanguage: English

Roles: Dido/Belinda
19See our royal guest appears Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S T/BrLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Aeneas
20With drooping wings Cupids come Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.11

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
21Ahi caso acerbo-1 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/Pastore III/Orfeo
22Ch'insolito stupore Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T cA Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goffredo/Eustazio/Rinaldo
23Il vostro maggio Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Two mermaids
24È un incendio Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 3.04-4

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
25Ahi caso acerbo-2 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.09

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
26Combatti da forte Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 1.01-4

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Almirena
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