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Cathy Berberian

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Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1925
Year of Death: 1983

About Cathy Berberian:

Catherine Anahid Berberian (July 4, 1925 – March 6, 1983) was an American mezzo-soprano and composer based in Italy. She interpreted contemporary avant-garde music composed, among others, by Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna, John Cage, Henri Pousseur, Sylvano Bussotti, Darius Milhaud, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, and Igor Stravinsky. She also interpreted works by Claudio Monteverdi, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Kurt Weill, Philipp Zu Eulenburg, arrangements of songs by The Beatles, and folk songs from several countries and cultures. As a composer, she wrote Stripsody (1966), in which she exploits her vocal technique using comic book sounds (onomatopoeia), and Morsicat(h)y (1969), a composition for the keyboard (with the right hand only) based on Morse code.

Cathy Berberian was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts to Armenian parents, Yervant and Louise Berberian. The elder of two children, she spent the first 12 years of her life in Attleboro, then the family moved to New York City in 1937 where she graduated from Manhattan's Julia Richman High School for Girls. From an early age, she showed an interest in Armenian folk music and dance as well as traditional opera. While still in high school, she was the director and soloist of the Armenian Folk Group in New York City. For a time, she was an undergraduate at New York University, but left to take evening classes in theatre and music at Columbia University, working during the day to support her studies. She went on to study music in Paris with Marya Freund in 1948, and in 1949 she went to Milan to study singing at the Milan Conservatory with Giorgina del Vigo. In 1950, she received a Fulbright scholarship to continue her studies there. Although she had appeared in several student productions, radio broadcasts and informal concerts during the early 1950s, she made her formal debut in 1957 at Incontri Musicali, a contemporary music festival in Naples. The following year her performance of John Cage's Aria with Fontana Mix in its world premiere, established her as a major exponent of contemporary vocal music. Her American debut came in 1960 at the Tanglewood Music Festival where she premiered Circles by the Italian composer Luciano Berio.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Alcun non sia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.15

Type: quintet,choirVoice: T T T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore I/pastore-i/Pastore III/Pastore IV/Ninfa/Ninfe e pastori
2Questi i campi di Tracia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
3Ahi 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
4In un fiorito prato Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/pastore-i
5Tu che dagl'avi miei Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavia/Ottone
6Poi di bei fiori per voi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.08

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
7Vanne Orfeo felice a pieno Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.04

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
8Ahi caso acerbo-2 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.09

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
9Lasciate i monti Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.07

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
10Ecco Orfeo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.14

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
11The sun whose rays are all ablaze Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum
12Quali grazie ti rendo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Proserpina
13Ecco l'atra palude Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Speranza
14Signor quell'infelice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Proserpina
15Addio Roma addio patria Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavia
16Disprezzata regina Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavia
17Ahi, vista troppo dolce Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice
18Ma io Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera
19Ecco la sconsolata Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.08

Type: trioVoice: B S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca/Ottavia/Valletto
20Benchè severo ed immutabil fato Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Plutone/Spirito I/Spirito II
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