Nell Rankin

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1924
Year of Death: 2005

About Nell Rankin:

Nell Rankin (January 3, 1924 – January 13, 2005) was an American operatic mezzo-soprano. Though a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most of her career at the Metropolitan Opera, where she worked from 1951 to 1976. She was particularly admired for her portrayals of Amneris in Verdi's Aida and the title role in Bizet's Carmen. Opera News said, "Her full, generous tone and bold phrasing, especially in the Italian repertory, were unique among American mezzos of her generation.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Rankin was raised in a musical family. Along with her parents and siblings, Rankin grew up playing various musical instruments. She began performing at the age of four on the radio by singing for commercials. As a teenager she studied voice with Madame Jeanne Lorraine (a ten-year student of vocal pedagogue, Manuel Garcia), at the Birmingham Conservatory. In order to pay for her lessons with Lorraine, Rankin rented the Huntingdon College pool and spent her summers teaching the children of Montgomery to swim. Helen Traubel visited the conservatory to perform a recital in 1943. Determined to succeed in an opera career, Rankin went backstage and persuaded Traubel's accompanist, Coenraad V. Bos, to hear her sing. On Bos's advice, she moved to New York City to continue her studies with Karin Branzell. Her sister, Ruth Rankin, a soprano with similar ambitions, moved with her. An illuminating story of the Rankins is found in the biography of Jussi Bjoerling written by his wife, wherein she tells of Nell singing "O don fatale" for Maestro Bjoerling in their Montgomery home. Ten years later she knocked on his dressing room door at the Chicago Lyric to reintroduce herself as his Eboli for the evening.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
2Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
3Una nave da guerra Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: Voice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
4Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
5Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
6Gia i sacerdoti adunansi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
7N'achevez pas! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.07-4

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte/Werther
8Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
9E un anatema Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
10Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
11Stella del marinar Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Laura
12Giorni poveri vivea Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Ferrando
13Sacerdoti compiste un delitto Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
14Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
15Il cannone del porto Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-2

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio
16Perigliarti ancor languente Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
17O monumento Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba
18Io so che alle sue pene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sharpless/Suzuki/Pinkerton
19Vieni amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: Voice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio/Goro
20Bimba bimba non piangere Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-5

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
21Ai nostri monti ritorneremo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.13

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
22L'amo come il fulgor del creato Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
23In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
24Ma chi vien? Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Barnaba/Laura
25Come una mosca prigioniera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
26Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
27Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
28Bonjour grande soeur Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie/Charlotte
29Vieni!..Lasciami! Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-1

Type: quintet,choirVoice: Br cA B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/La Cieca/Alvise/Enzo/Gioconda
30L'imperial commissario Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.07

Type: Voice: T B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Commissioner/Sharpless/Cio-Cio
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