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Grace Bumbry

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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
61En vain, pour éviter Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles:
62Wer uns getraut? Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.05

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Barinkay/Saffi
63Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
64Fu la sorte dell'armi a tuoi funesta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
65E un anatema Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
66Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
67Manon senti amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
68Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
69Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
70Dormono entrambi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
71E che? Io son Medea Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée
72Vanne e li cela entrambi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Clotilde
73S'appressan gl'istanti Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abdallo/Abigaille/Fenena/Nabucco
74L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
75Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
76Vieni sul crin ti piovano Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
77Si tu m'aimes, Carmen Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

Type: duet,choirVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
78Teneri figli Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
79Io l'amo io l'amo sempre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
80O don fatale o don crudel Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
81Qui Radames verra Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
82Sacerdoti compiste un delitto Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
83Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
84Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
85Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
86Fatal mia donna Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
87Fine al rito Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
88Me pellegrina ed orfana Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
89Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
90Vieni o diletta appressati Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida/Radames
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