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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
1Lascia ch'io pianga Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
2Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
3When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
4Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
5Va tacito e nascosto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Achilla/Cesare/Cornelia/Sesto
6Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
7Deh! vieni non tardar Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
8Dove sei? Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
9Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
10As with rosy steps the morn Popularity:

Opera: TheodoraComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
11O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
12Priva son d'ogni conforto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia
13Che fiero momento Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S T/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo
14Confusa si miri Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
15Oh! that I on wings could rise Popularity:

Opera: TheodoraComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
16Alone and yet alive Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
17Addio o miei sospiri Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
18Gli sguardi trattieni Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amore
19Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
20Deh! placatevi con me Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
21Cessa omai di sospirare Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia
22Chiamo il mio ben cosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
23Pompe vane di morte! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
24Scacciata dal suo nido Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.05-3

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
25Non ti basto, consorte Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.07-3

Type: recitativeVoice: S cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodelinda/Bertarido
26Cornelia e tempo omai Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cornelia
27Deh! piangete o mesti lumi Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cornelia/Achilla
28Non temere, Signore! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eduige/Rodelinda
29Si, l'infida consorte Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido
30Baci inutili e vani Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-1

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

Roles: Garibaldo/Bertarido/Unulfo/Rodelinda
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