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Valerie Masterson

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1937

About Valerie Masterson:

Margaret Valerie Masterson CBE (born 3 June 1937), is a retired English opera singer, a lecturer and Vice-President of British Youth Opera. After study in Italy, she began to sing opera in Europe. Returning to England, Masterson performed as principal soprano with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1964 to 1969, becoming popular with audiences and participating in several of the company's recordings, as well as those of Gilbert and Sullivan for All and the BBC.

She next joined English National Opera and went on to an international opera career lasting more than three decades. Although she performed a wide variety of roles, she was best known for her roles in the French repertoire and the works of Handel, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan. Her recordings include, in addition to many opera roles, operettas and musical theatre. She has been awarded a CBE and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.

Masterson was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, and studied at the Matthay School of Music (Liverpool) and at the Royal College of Music. She received good reviews for her student performances. The Times commented on her "welcome freshness", though on another occasion it found fault with her attempt at a Scottish accent in a Robert Burns evening at the Wigmore Hall, calling it "more of Kensington than Kilmarnock". Nevertheless, the paper judged her "good to listen to" and "intelligent".

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1You insult a constant lover Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.12

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Arsamenes/Romilda
2Ye torrents roar! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11g

Type: ensemble,finaleVoice: cA Br Br T S S/Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing
3When Our Gallant Norman Foes Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
4When Maiden Loves, She Sits and Sighs Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
5What ought we to do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: sceneVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
6Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum
7Were I Thy Bride Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
8Voici la vaste plaine Popularity:

Opera: MireilleComposer: GounodAct: 4.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Mireille
9V'adoro pupille Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra/Cesare/Nireno
10Tutti i fior? Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
11Tornami a vagheggiar Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.24

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alcina
12Tis twelve, I think Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
13Tis Done! I Am a Bride Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
14Three little maids from school are we Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.07

Type: trioVoice: S S/Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing
15Then I am to understand Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.08-2

Type: spokenVoice: Br cA S Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter/Mrs. Cripps/Josephine/Corcoran/Ralph Rackstraw
16The threaten'd cloud has pass'd away Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-2

Type: ensembleVoice: T S S/Mz Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah
17The hours creep on apace Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
18Swift from the mountains Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 1.04-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Romilda
19Stay, Fred'ric, stay! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
20Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
21Sorry her lot Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
22So please you, Sir Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.08

Type: quintetVoice: S S/Mz Mz Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah/Pish-Tush
23Sento un'interna voce Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda
24Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
25Refrain, audacious tar Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Ralph Rackstraw
26Quanto diletto avea tra Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
27Qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Norfolk/Elisabetta
28Pur sempre di Poppea Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Ottone
29Pray observe the magnanimity Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14f

Type: ensemble/finaleVoice: T Br B-Br Br S Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Samuel/Pirate King/Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate
30Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
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