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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
1No word from Tom Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
2Dorinda e perché piangi Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S S Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda/Orlando
3Di Dorinda alle mura Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Medoro/Dorinda
4Perché gentil Dorinda Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Dorinda
5O Angelica O Medoro Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.22

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda
6My father! Can I desert him Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
7Di Dorinda all'albergo Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda
8Trionfa ogg'l mio cor Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

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

Roles: Orlando/Angelica/Medoro/Dorinda
9Witches dance Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.06

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
10Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

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

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
11Se mai turbo Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 1.23

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poro/Cleofide
12But ere we this perform Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: First Witch/Second Witch
13Grief increases by concealing Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: S Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Dido
14Whence could so much virtue spring Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz/S SLanguage: English

Roles: Dido/Belinda
15See our royal guest appears Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S T/BrLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Aeneas
16Destruction's our delight Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.05

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
17To the hills and the vales Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.12

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
18Cupid only throws the dart Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.09

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
19In our deep vaulted cell Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.07

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
20Great minds against themselves Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
21Fear no danger to ensue Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
22But death alas I cannot shun Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
23Se troppo crede al ciglio Popularity:

Opera: PoroComposer: HandelAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleofide
24O let me weep Popularity:

Opera: Fairy-Queen, TheComposer: PurcellAct: 5.02

Type: ariaVoice: Language: English

Roles:
25O care parolette Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.16

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
26Dal mio Permesso Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: La musica
27Shake the cloud from off your brow Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
28When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
29Se corrisposto un core Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
30Tornami a vagheggiar Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.24

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
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