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Emma Kirkby

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1949

About Emma Kirkby:

Dame Carolyn Emma Kirkby, DBE (born 26 February 1949) is an English soprano and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists. She has sung on over 100 recordings.

Her entry in The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2008) reads:

Her uncommonly pure, crystalline voice, deployed with minimal vibrato, her natural declamation, agile coloratura and her sensitivity to words have been widely admired by interpreters of early, Renaissance and Baroque music and have served as a model for many specialists in this repertory.

Kirkby was educated at Hanford School, Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset, and Somerville College, Oxford University. Her father was Geoffrey John Kirkby, a Royal Navy Officer.

She taught for many years at Dartington International Summer School, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as well as the Bel Canto Summer School.In 2010 she became President of Dartington Community Choir.In 1994, she was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Music) from the University of Bath.

Kirkby has made well over 100 recordings, from sequences of Hildegard of Bingen to madrigals of the Italian and English Renaissance, cantatas and oratorios of the Baroque, works of Mozart, Haydn and Johann Christian Bach. Her 1980 recording of Handel's Messiah conducted by Christopher Hogwood brought her international acclaim. The recording was later named one of the top 20 recordings of all time by BBC Music Magazine.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O let me weep Popularity:

Opera: Fairy-Queen, TheComposer: PurcellAct: 5.02

Type: ariaVoice: Language: English

Roles:
2Thrice happy lovers Popularity:

Opera: Fairy-Queen, TheComposer: PurcellAct: 5.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Juno
3Trionfa ogg'l mio cor Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

Type: quartetVoice: Mz/cT S cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Angelica/Medoro/Dorinda
4Dorinda e perché piangi Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S S Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda/Orlando
5When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
6Thy hand Belinda when I am laid Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
7Amor e qual vento Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
8Great minds against themselves Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
9But death alas I cannot shun Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
10Se corrisposto un core Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
11Di Dorinda all'albergo Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda
12Witches dance Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.06

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
13Se troppo crede al ciglio Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleofide
14Destruction's our delight Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.05

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
15Credete al mio dolore Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Morgana
16Di Dorinda alle mura Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Medoro/Dorinda
17Come away fellow sailors Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
18Neghittosi or voi che fate Popularity:

Opera: AriodanteComposer: HandelAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dalinda
19Haste haste to town Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
20Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

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

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
21L'amero saro costante Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aminta
22In our deep vaulted cell Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.07

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
23But ere we this perform Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: First Witch/Second Witch
24Trostlos schluchzet Philomele Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Zaide
25Se mi rivolgo al prato Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
26Perché gentil Dorinda Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Dorinda
27Quando spieghi i tuoi tormenti Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
28Tornami a vagheggiar Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.24

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
29Se mai turbo Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 1.23

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poro/Cleofide
30O Angelica O Medoro Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.22

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda
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