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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
1Tis twelve, I think Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
2Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
3L'avverso mio destino Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: trioVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Elisabetta
4Three 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
5Here's a how-de-do! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko
6Madam, 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
7Now, tell me, my fine fellow Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.06-4

Type: spokenVoice: Br T S B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter/Ralph Rackstraw/Josephine/Dick Deadeye
8Then 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
9What ought we to do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: sceneVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
10Now 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
11Oh, dry the glist'ning tear Popularity:

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

Type: sceneVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
12All is prepar'd! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: recitative/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
13My kindly friends Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
14Pur sempre di Poppea Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Ottone
15Felice cor mio Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Valletto/Nutrice
16Hold, Monsters! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Samuel/Stanley
17So 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
18I 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
19Dear 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
20Qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Norfolk/Elisabetta
21Brightly dawns our wedding day Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
22Let'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
23For he's gone and married Yum-Yum Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: finale,ensembleVoice: Mz Br S T S/Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Peep-Bo/Pooh-Bah
24Pray 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
25Ye 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
26Oh 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
27Farewell, 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
28The 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
29La brise est douce et parfumee Popularity:

Opera: MireilleComposer: GounodAct: 2

Type: duet,choirVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Mireille/Vincent
30Tutti i fior? Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
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