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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
1The 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
2Farewell, 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
3Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum
4Pray 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
5Qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Norfolk/Elisabetta
6L'avverso mio destino Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: trioVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester/Elisabetta
7Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
8Here'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
9Tis twelve, I think Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
10How beautifully blue the sky Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: chorus/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
11Refrain, audacious tar Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Ralph Rackstraw
12La brise est douce et parfumee Popularity:

Opera: MireilleComposer: GounodAct: 2

Type: duet,choirVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Mireille/Vincent
13Incauta che festi! Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Matilda/Leicester
14Stay, Fred'ric, stay! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
15All is prepar'd! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: recitative/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
16Felice cor mio Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: S S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Valletto/Nutrice
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
18Three 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
19Bastan quelle lagrime Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Matilda
20You insult a constant lover Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 3.12

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: English

Roles: Arsamenes/Romilda
21Oh 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
22Brightly 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
23Let'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
24Pur sempre di Poppea Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Drusilla/Ottone
25Tutti i fior? Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
26I 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
27Hold, Monsters! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Samuel/Stanley
28Quanto diletto avea tra Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorinda
29Happy young heart Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
30Depuis le jour Popularity:

Opera: LouiseComposer: CharpentierAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Louise
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