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Jean Allister

Singer details:

Voice: Contralto
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1932
Year of Death: 2012

About Jean Allister:

Jean Allister (26 February 1932 – 11 July 2012) was an opera singer who encompassed a wide range of repertoire both on stage and on the concert platform in a career spanning over 30 years.

Allister was born in Ballymoney. She studied under Norman Allin at the Royal Academy of Music and her early roles included Mistress Quickly at the Academy in 1954, and parts in Elijah at the Royal Festival Hall, and Handel's Belshazzar at the Foundling Hospital in July 1955. She married her fellow student the tenor Edgar Fleet in 1955 and they worked together in several performances including Britten's Spring Symphony at the Royal Academy and Abraham and Isaac at the Royal Court Theatre.

She became a member of the Ambrosian Singers where among fellows altos she sang alongside Pamela Bowden, Heather Harper and Helen Watts. From 1959 to 1970 she sang in fifteen Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, including Henze's Novae de Infinito Laudes with the composer in 1965 and Beethoven's Choral Symphony under Sargent in 1966, and at the Three Choirs Festivals she appeared from 1961 to 1977, where she participated in the British premiere of Martin's In Terra Pax in 1960 and the same composer's Requiem in 1975.

Her performance in the title role of The Italian Girl in Algiers at the 1961 St Pancras Arts Festival was hailed by Opera magazine: "a new coloratura mezzo, Jean Allister Her tone was rich and warm, and remained so right through the range, not growing hard at the top or fading at the bottom. She showed a sense of the stage, a good feeling for phrase, and acceptable divisions. She offered in all ways a delightful impersonation of Rossini's resourceful heroine, and each of the arias made its proper effect".

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
2Alone and yet alive Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
3Cheerily Carols the Lark Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
4To a Garden Full of Posies Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
5On the Day When I Was Wedded Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
6When a Merry Maiden Marries Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
7I rejoice that it's decided Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S cA T Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Partlet/Alexis/Dr Daly/Marmaduke
8I am called Little Buttercup Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Cripps
9For he's gone and married Yum-Yum Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: finale,ensembleVoice: Mz Br S T S/Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Peep-Bo/Pooh-Bah
10Climbing over rocky mountain Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05-1

Type: chorusVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
11Stop, ladies, pray! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Edith/Kate
12See how the fates their gifts allot Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: quintetVoice: B/B-Br cA Br Br MzLanguage: English

Roles: The Mikado/Katisha/Ko-Ko/Pooh-Bah/Pitti-Sing
13There is beauty in the bellow of the blast Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko/Katisha
14Pray observe the magnanimity Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14f

Type: ensemble/finaleVoice: T Br B-Br Br S Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Samuel/Pirate King/Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate
15I am the monarch of the sea Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.07

Type: ensembleVoice: Br Br MzLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran/Joseph Porter/Cousin Hebe
16Your revels cease Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-3

Type: recitativeVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Nanki-Poo
17Hearts do not break! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
18What ought we to do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: sceneVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
19Things are seldom what they seem Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.02-1

Type: duetVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Cripps/Corcoran
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