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Frances Bible

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1919
Year of Death: 2001

About Frances Bible:

Frances Lillian Bible (January 26, 1919 – January 29, 2001) was an American operatic mezzo-soprano who had a thirty-year-long career at the New York City Opera between 1948 and 1978. She also made a fair number of opera appearances with other companies throughout the United States, but only made a limited number of appearances abroad. Martin Bernheimer wrote in Opera News that, "Frances Bible was cheated by destiny. She never quite achieved the international recognition she deserved. Bible had it all—a mellow, wide-ranging mezzo-soprano, an attractive stage presence, genuine theatrical flair, a probing mind and a technique that allowed her to sing bel-canto filigree one night, Verdian drama the next. She was one of the rare American singers who savor the English language. She understood the value of economy, never stooping to easy effects. Perhaps she was too versatile, too tasteful and — dare one say it? — too intelligent for her own good."

Bible was born and raised in Sackets Harbor, New York. She studied opera at the Juilliard School in New York City under Queena Mario and Belle Julie Soudant before making her professional opera debut in 1948 at the New York City Opera as the Shepherd in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. Possessing a warm voice and vibrant stage presence, she became a favorite at that house during the time when Beverly Sills and Norman Treigle were also fixtures at the NYCO. She sang Cornelia to Sills's Cleopatra in the NYCO's 1967 production of Handel's Giulio Cesare which made Sills an international opera star.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Pur ti miro Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: cT/S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nerone/Poppea
2Signor deh non partire Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: S cT/SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppea/Nerone
3Speranza tu mi vai Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S cA/TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppea/Arnalta
4Disprezzata regina Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavia
5Sento un certo non so che Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Valletto/Damigella
6Oggi sara Poppea Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: contralto or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arnalta
7Come dolci signor come soavi Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S cT/SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppea/Nerone
8Ecco la sconsolata Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca/Ottavia/Valletto
9Dorme l'incauta dorme Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amore
10Ad altri tocca in sorte Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottone/Poppea
11Signor ecco la rea Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: cA/T cT/S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arnalta/Nerone/Drusilla
12Pur sempre di Poppea Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Ottone
13O felice Drusilla o che sper io Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla
14Felice cor mio Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Valletto/Nutrice
15Io non so dov'io vada Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottone/Drusilla
16Eccomi trasformato Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.12

Type: quartetVoice: Mz S S cA/TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottone/Amore/Poppea/Arnalta
17Seneca io miro in ciel Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pallade/Seneca
18Tu che dagl'avi miei Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavia/Ottone
19Ottone torna a te stesso Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottone
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