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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
1O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
2Chiamo il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
3Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
4Addio o miei sospiri Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
5Deh! placatevi con me Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
6Ah, si, ecco lo sposo Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda/Grimoaldo/Bertarido
7Che fiero momento Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S T/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo
8Non ti basto, consorte Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.07-3

Type: recitativeVoice: S cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda/Bertarido
9Deh! vieni non tardar Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
10Gli sguardi trattieni Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amore
11Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
12Oh! that I on wings could rise Popularity:

Opera: TheodoraComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
13Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
14For 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
15When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
16Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
17Lascia ch'io pianga Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
18As with rosy steps the morn Popularity:

Opera: TheodoraComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
19Cornelia e tempo omai Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cornelia
20Ah, no, che non m'inganna Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.05-2

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

Roles: Unulfo/Bertarido/Eduige
21Ma giunge Unulfo Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-3

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

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
22Amico, ah, che a me duole Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-1

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

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
23Unulfo, o Dio! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.09-1

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

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
24Confusa si miri Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
25Si, l'infida consorte Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
26Dove sei? Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
27Pompe vane di morte! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
28Scacciata dal suo nido Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.05-3

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
29Mà che! vile e negletta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cA S S cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia/Cleopatra/Sesto/Nireno
30Non temere, Signore! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eduige/Rodelinda
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