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Noël Goodwin

(b London, July 2, 1922; d Beaconsfield, February 24, 2007). English conductor . After studies at the RAM, in 1947 he joined the New London Opera Company at the Cambridge Theatre as a répétiteur; he made his début there that year conducting Carl Ebert’s production of ...

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Roger Covell

(b Nelson, Dec 1, 1932; d Sydney, April 12, 2009). New Zealand mezzo-soprano. She studied with Dame Sister Mary Leo in Auckland, at the New South Wales Conservatorium and at the London Opera Centre. Her Australian début (1954, Sydney) was as Azucena with the Sydney-based National Opera of Australia. She sang in England with the Carl Rosa company and from ...

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Max Loppert

(b London, Feb 5, 1924; d London, Dec 23, 2002). English director . During his period as an Oxford undergraduate he produced Idomeneo for the Oxford University Opera Club (1947); immediately afterwards he went to Glyndebourne, where he worked (1950–53) as an assistant to Moran Caplat and came under the influence of the producers Carl Ebert and Günther Rennert. Besch’s first professional production was of Verdi’s ...

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Alan Blyth

(b Kråkstad, Nov 8, 1927; d Oslo, Sept 4, 2006). Norwegian soprano . She studied at Oslo and Frankfurt. She made her stage début in Oslo as Donna Anna in 1957, and became a member of the Wuppertal Opera (1957–9), then of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf (...

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Noël Goodwin

(b Rovereto, May 25, 1937; d Vienna, Oct 30, 2003). Italian tenor. He won first prize in a competition at Spoleto in 1961 and made his début at the festival there in 1962 as Ruggero (La rondine), later singing the Prince in ...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Ostseebad Nienhagen, Jan 3, 1936; d March 13, 2003). German tenor . Engaged in 1965 at Augsburg, he sang Lensky, Dimitri, Gabriele Adorno, Lionel (Martha), Idomeneus, Manrico, Chénier, Puccini’s Des Grieux and Max. At Bayreuth (1973–4) he sang Siegmund and Walther. In ...

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Ellen Highstein

(b New York, Feb 13, 1923; d March 7, 2009). American impresario and music administrator . He attended the Longy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1940–41), where he was a pupil of Boulanger, and then worked for NBC (1941–51). He has held administrative or board appointments with several organizations. He was vice-president in charge of programming at Lincoln Center (from ...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Palermo, Oct 25, 1943; d Ferrara, January 13, 2008). Italian tenor . He studied with Carlo Bergonzi, making his début in 1974 at Milan (Teatro Nuovo). He first sang at La Scala in 1976 as Cassio, the role of his Metropolitan début (...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Durham, Aug 29, 1943; d London, July 15, 2009). English contralto . She studied in London at the RCM, making her début in 1970 as the Governess (The Queen of Spades) with Sadler’s Wells (later the ENO), for whom she sang Akhrosimova in ...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Budrio, nr Bologna, March 28, 1918; d Milan, March 19, 2006). Italian baritone. He studied in Bologna and made his début there at the Teatro Comunale in 1947 as the Herald (Lohengrin). He first sang at La Scala in 1952...

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David Cummings

(b Los Angeles, Feb 20, 1913; d Los Alamitos, CA, March 1, 2003). American soprano. She studied in California and with Florence Easton in New York. She first appeared as Marguerite, in Los Angeles in 1940, and made her Metropolitan début in 1941...

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Harold Rosenthal

(b Gadsden, al , Jan 14, 1922; d Bayreuth, Germany, June 24, 2012). American tenor . He studied at the University of Alabama and the New England Conservatory of Music and in Rome with Luigi Ricci and Bertelli. He made his début in 1951 at Boston as Lensky and his European début in ...

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Richard Bernas and Elizabeth Forbes

(b New York, March 29, 1931; d Geneva, Switzerland, Nov 28, 2012). American soprano. She studied with Belle Julie Soudent at the Juilliard School. In 1953 she scored a notable success in a world tour of Porgy and Bess and then sang the Countess in the American première of ...

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Noël Goodwin

(b Amsterdam, Aug 28, 1932; d Amsterdam, August 7, 2014). Dutch soprano . She studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory, joined the chorus of the Nederlandse Opera and, after singing small roles with the company, scored a major success in 1963 as the Queen of Night, which quickly took her to débuts in the same role in Munich and Vienna, at the Metropolitan Opera (...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Lenham, Kent, May 9, 1929). English tenor . He studied in Vienna with Alfred Piccaver, making his début in 1959 at the Kammeroper as Rodolfo (La bohème), then singing at the Volksoper. Later he created L’Heureux in Sutermeister’s Madame Bovary(...

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Elizabeth Forbes

(b Milwaukee, Sept 26, 1947). American baritone. After studying at Lawrence University, he sang in Bremen (1972) and Düsseldorf (1974–5), where his roles included Dandini and the King (Die Kluge). In 1976 he took part in the première of Imbrie’s ...

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Donald Thompson

(b San Juan, Sept 24, 1938; d Bozeman, MT, Feb 5, 2000). Puerto Rican baritone. He enrolled in the Puerto Rico Conservatory (1960) to study the trumpet and singing; from 1966 when he was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions he devoted himself exclusively to singing. He taught at the Indiana University School of Music (...

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Nicholas Anderson

(b London, Oct 20, 1946). English tenor. He studied in London with George Malcolm at Westminster Cathedral, where he was a chorister, and at the RCM. From the age of 14 he lived with the family of the tenor Gervase Elwes (1866–1921...

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Noël Goodwin

(b Vancouver, July 31, 1929; d Johannesburg, South Africa, September 11, 2011). Canadian bass . He studied at Santa Barbara with Lotte Lehmann and later at the Toronto Royal Conservatory. After a period as a principal with the Canadian Opera Company, he undertook further studies in New York and Milan. In ...

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Elisabeth Ingles

(b London, Sept 27, 1933; d London, May 12, 2012). English director. After studying at Cambridge, where he was director of the University Opera Group, he worked at Sadler’s Wells (1960–63), Glyndebourne (1960–62), the London Traverse Theatre (1966–8...