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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
1Hola! Carmen! Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: B T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/José/Carmen
2Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
3Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
4Geliebter komm sieh dort die Grotte Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Venus
5Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
6Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
7Dis moi que je suis belle Popularity:

Opera: ThaisComposer: MassenetAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Thaïs
8Sur mes genoux fils du soleil Popularity:

Opera: Africaine, L'Composer: MeyerbeerAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Sélika
9O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
10Voi lo sapete, o mamma Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
11Ein Greis ist mir im Traum erschienen Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.02

Type: trioVoice: T S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Barinkay/Saffi/Czipra
12Wer uns getraut? Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.05

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Barinkay/Saffi
13Reich ihm die Hand Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.04

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Saffi/Barinkay/Homonay
14O habet acht Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Saffi
15Lascia ch'io pianga Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
16Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
17O terra addio valle di pianti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
18Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
19In questa reggia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot
20La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
21Pieta perdon per la rea che si pente Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth
22O mia Regina io t'immolai Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
23O don fatale o don crudel Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
24Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
25Vieni in Roma ah vieni Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.16

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
26Ah! si maledetto sospetto fatale Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Eboli/Rodrigue/Elisabeth
27Norma deh Norma scolpati Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Pollione
28Ne compi il rito o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Pollione
29Chiamo il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
30Deh! placatevi con me Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
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