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Valerie Masterson

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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
1Were I Thy Bride Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
2Tis Done! I Am a Bride Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
3When Maiden Loves, She Sits and Sighs Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
4When Our Gallant Norman Foes Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
5Swift from the mountains Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Romilda
6You insult a constant lover Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.12

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Arsamenes/Romilda
7Dear friends, take pity on my lot Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Mz/S B S TLanguage: English

Roles: Constance/Notary/Aline/Alexis
8Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
9My kindly friends Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
10Tis twelve, I think Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
11Happy young heart Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
12I rejoice that it's decided Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S cA T Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Partlet/Alexis/Dr Daly/Marmaduke
13Pray 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
14Oh, dry the glist'ning tear Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.01-1

Type: sceneVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
15Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
16Stay, Fred'ric, stay! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
17What ought we to do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: sceneVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
18All is prepar'd! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: recitative/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
19How beautifully blue the sky Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: chorus/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
20Hold, Monsters! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Samuel/Stanley
21Now what is this Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-2

Type: sceneVoice: Br T B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Frederic/Pirate King/Mabel
22Farewell, my own Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.07-1

Type: ensembleVoice: T S Br Mz B-Br Br B cALanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw/Josephine/Joseph Porter/Cousin Hebe/Dick Deadeye/Bill Bobstay/Bob Becket/Mrs. Cripps
23Sorry her lot Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
24Then 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
25A Simple Sailor Lowly Born Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
26Madam, it has been represented to me Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.03-2

Type: spokenVoice: Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter/Josephine
27The hours creep on apace Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
28Let's give three cheers for the sailor's bride Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.12-5

Type: finale/ensembleVoice: S Mz cA T Br BLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Cousin Hebe/Mrs. Cripps/Ralph Rackstraw/Bill Bobstay/Bob Becket
29Refrain, audacious tar Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Ralph Rackstraw
30Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.12-3

Type: ensembleVoice: S Mz T B-Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Cousin Hebe/Ralph Rackstraw/Dick Deadeye/Bill Bobstay
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