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Ruth Ann Swenson

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1959

About Ruth Ann Swenson:

Ruth Ann Swenson (born August 25, 1959) is an American soprano who is renowned for her coloratura roles.

Born in Bronxville, New York and raised in Commack, New York on Long Island, Swenson studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and briefly at Hartt College of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. In the early 1980s she joined the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera and toured the country as Gilda in Western Opera Theater's Rigoletto.

She made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1983, as Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte. But her breakthrough role was Dorinda the shepherdess in Handel's Orlando opposite mezzo Marilyn Horne. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1991, as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni. In 1993, she won the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award.

Swenson has appeared on many opera stages, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Hamburg State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera.

Roles she has played include Liù in Turandot, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, the Four Heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann, Elvira in I Puritani, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto (49 performances at the Met alone), Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Violetta in La traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Marguerite in Faust, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and Rodelinda in Rodelinda.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Libiamo nè lieti calici (Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta
2E strano! e strano! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
3Je veux vivre (Juliet's Waltz) Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Juliette
4Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
5Regnava nel silenzio Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia
6Oh! quante volte Popularity:

Opera: Capuleti ed i Montecchi, IComposer: BelliniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
7O luce di quest'anima Popularity:

Opera: Linda di ChamounixComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Linda
8Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
9Martern aller Arten Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Konstanze
10Mira o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
11Dunque io son Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.19

Type: duetVoice: Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Rosina
12In quelle trine morbide Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
13Prendi per me sei libero Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina
14O rendetemi la speme Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
15Elle a fui, la tourterelle Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Antonia
16Come per me sereno Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina
17Ton coeur n'a pas compris le mien Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Leïla
18Nella pace del mesto riposo Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria
19O beau pays de la Touraine Popularity:

Opera: Hugenots, LesComposer: MeyerbeerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite
20O nuit divine je t'implore Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
21Se tradirmi tu potrai Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Lucia
22Salut tombeau sombre et silencieux Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 5.04-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
23Da tutti abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Roberto
24Vo' far guerra Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida
25Piangi fanciulla Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
26Parto m'affretto Popularity:

Opera: Lucio SillaComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giunia
27Hélas moi le hair Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
28Mimì! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì
29Adieu mon doux rivage Popularity:

Opera: Africaine, L'Composer: MeyerbeerAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Inès
30Le nom de cette belle enfant Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude/Grégorio/Roméo
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