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Maureen Forrester

Singer details:

Voice: Contralto
Nationality: Canadian
Year of Birth: 1930
Year of Death: 2010

About Maureen Forrester:

Maureen Kathleen Stewart Forrester, CC OQ (July 25, 1930 – June 16, 2010) was a Canadian operatic contralto.

Maureen Forrester was born and grew up in Montreal, Quebec, one of four children of Thomas Forrester, a Scottish cabinetmaker, and his Irish-born wife, the former May Arnold. She sang in church and radio choirs. At age 13, she dropped out of school to help support the family, working as a secretary at Bell Telephone.

When her brother came home from the war he persuaded her to take singing lessons. She paid for voice lessons with Sally Martin, Frank Rowe, and baritone Bernard Diamant. She gave her debut recital at the local YWCA in 1953. She made her concert debut in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Otto Klemperer.

She toured extensively in Canada and Europe with Jeunesses Musicales. She made her New York City debut in Town Hall in 1956. Bruno Walter invited her to sing for him; he was looking for the right contralto for a performance and recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection". This was the start of a warm relationship with great rapport. Walter had been a student of Mahler, and he trained Forrester in interpretation of his works. She performed at Walter's farewell performances with the New York Philharmonic in 1957.

In 1957, she married the Toronto violinist and conductor Eugene Kash. The couple had five children, including actors Linda Kash and Daniel Kash. Forrester converted to Judaism.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ah, no, che non m'inganna Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cA cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Unulfo/Bertarido/Eduige
2Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
3O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
4Cornelia e tempo omai Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cornelia
5Oh! that I on wings could rise Popularity:

Opera: TheodoraComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
6Deh! vieni non tardar Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
7Ah, si, ecco lo sposo Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda/Grimoaldo/Bertarido
8Non ti basto, consorte Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.07-3

Type: recitativeVoice: S cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda/Bertarido
9Lascia ch'io pianga Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
10For 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
11Chiamo il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
12Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
13Addio o miei sospiri Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
14Deh! placatevi con me Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
15Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
16Alone and yet alive Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
17As with rosy steps the morn Popularity:

Opera: TheodoraComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
18Va tacito e nascosto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Achilla/Cesare/Cornelia/Sesto
19Baci inutili e vani Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B cT/cA cT/cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Garibaldo/Bertarido/Unulfo/Rodelinda
20Che fiero momento Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S T/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo
21Non temere, Signore! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eduige/Rodelinda
22When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
23Mà che! vile e negletta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cA S S cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia/Cleopatra/Sesto/Nireno
24Deh! piangete o mesti lumi Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia/Achilla
25Cessa omai di sospirare Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia
26Priva son d'ogni conforto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia
27Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
28Ma giunge Unulfo Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-3

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
29Amico, ah, che a me duole Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
30Unulfo, o Dio! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.09-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
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