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Nancy Argenta

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Canadian
Year of Birth: 1957

About Nancy Argenta:

Nancy Maureen Argenta (born Nancy Maureen Herbison on January 17, 1957) is a Canadian soprano singer, best known for performing music from the pre-classical era. She has won international acclaim, and is considered one of the leading Handel sopranos of her time.

She was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. She spent her early years in the settlement of Argenta, from which she later took her professional name (to avoid being mistaken for another Canadian soprano, Nancy Hermiston.)

At the age of 11 she started formal voice lessons with Dr. Amy Ferguson of Nelson, and sang with one of the school choirs at L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson. By that time, she was frequently making trips to Vancouver, British Columbia, so she could hear musical events and have additional singing lessons. After graduation from high school in 1975, she was a student of Jacob Hamm in Vancouver and of Martin Chambers at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1980. The same year she won 1st prize in the Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition. After further training with Jacqueline Richard in Düsseldorf from 1980 to 1981, and with Gérard Souzay, in 1982 she settled in London, England and completed her studies with Vera Rozsa, and Sir Peter Pears. In 1990, she won Canada's Virginia Parker Prize. n

Her soprano voice is light, clear, and flexible, with a sound that is regarded as ideal for classical-era and earlier music.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Der hölle Rache Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Queen
2Papagena Papagena Papagena! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.30

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
3Thy hand Belinda when I am laid Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
4E amore un ladroncello Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella
5Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
6Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
7Ah! che tutta in un momento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.35

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
8Il capro e la capretta Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina
9Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
10O malheureuse Iphigénie Popularity:

Opera: Iphigénie en TaurideComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Iphigénie
11Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
12Ah! scostati Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.22-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella
13Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Ferrando
14Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
15Riconosci in questo amplesso Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.07-1

Type: sextetVoice: S T B-Br Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina/Don Curzio/Figaro/Count/Susanna/Bartolo
16Du feines Taubchen nur herein Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Papageno
17Tamino mein! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.28

Type: quartetVoice: S T T BLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Tamino/Two armoured men
18Che fiero momento Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S T/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo
19Eccovi il medico signore belle Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.37

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: B T Br S S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Ferrando/Guglielmo/Despina/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
20Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
21Es lebe Sarastro Sarastro lebe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.20-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Papageno
22E nel tuo nel mio bicchiero Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.27

Type: trio,finaleVoice: S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Ferrando
23Fate presto o cari amici Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.25

Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina/Alfonso
24Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
25Fermati scellerato! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zerlina/Giovanni
26Mi restano le lagrime Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
27Herr ich bin zwar Verbrecherin Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.20-2

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Sarastro
28Nun stolzer Jungling nur hierher Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: quartetVoice: T S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Pamina/Tamino/Sarastro
29Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
30Ahi! ahi la testa mia Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto/Zerlina
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