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Grace Bumbry

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1937

About Grace Bumbry:

Grace Melzia Bumbry (born January 4, 1937), an American opera singer, is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, as well as a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of African-American opera and classical singers who followed Marian Anderson (including Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett and Reri Grist) in the world of classical music and paved the way for future African-American opera and concert singers. Bumbry's voice was rich and sizable, possessing a wide range, and was capable of producing a very distinctive plangent tone.

In her prime, she also possessed good agility and bel canto technique (see for example her renditions of the 'Veil Song' from Verdi's Don Carlo in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as her Ernani from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1984). She was particularly noted for her fiery temperament and dramatic intensity on stage. More recently, she has also become known as a recitalist and interpreter of lieder, and as a teacher. From the late 1980s on, she concentrated her career in Europe, rather than in the US. A long-time resident of Switzerland, she now makes her home in Salzburg, Austria.

Bumbry's career in the world of opera was a remarkable and long one, if somewhat controversial. Initially, Bumbry began her career as a mezzo-soprano, but later expanded her repertoire to include many dramatic soprano roles. In the mid-1970s and 1980s she considered herself a soprano; but in the 1990s, as her career approached its twilight, she often returned to mezzo roles. She was one of the more successful singers who have made the transition from mezzo-soprano to high soprano (along with her compatriot and contemporary Shirley Verrett); however, audiences and critics were divided over whether she was a "true" soprano. Nonetheless, she sang major soprano roles at most major opera houses around the world up until the end of her operatic career in the 1990s—singing Turandot at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (London) in 1993, for example. Her operatic career spanned from 1960 (her debut in Paris as Amneris) to 1997 (as Klytämnestra, in Lyon, France).

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
2Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
3Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
4Quando m'en vo (Musetta's Waltz) Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Alcindoro/Mimì/Rodolfo/Colline/Marcello/Schaunard
5Ei tornera Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Clotilde
6Cerco il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct:

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
7Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
8Qui Radames verra Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
9Si la stanchezza m'opprime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
10Ne compi il rito o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Pollione
11Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
12Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
13Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
14Ah! no ti calma ascoltami Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Aida/Radames
15Ambizioso spirito Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
16O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
17Chiamo il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
18Tutto sprezzo che d'Ernani Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
19Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
20Ora di morte e di vendetta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
21Donna chi sei? Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
22Ecco respiro appena Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
23Son vergin vezzosa Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
24Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
25O terra addio valle di pianti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
26Il suon del corno alfin nel bosco Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Thibault/Elisabeth
27Sacerdoti compiste un delitto Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
28Sola perduta abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
29Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
30Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
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