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date: 17 November 2019

Veasey, Josephine locked

  • Alan Blyth

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(b Peckham, London, July 10, 1930). English mezzo-soprano . She studied with Audrey Langford and in 1949 joined the Covent Garden chorus, returning in 1955, after a spell with Opera for All, to make her solo début as Cherubino. Later roles included Magdalene, Rosina, Marina, Dorabella, Carmen, Waltraute, Fricka, Amneris, Preziosilla, Berlioz’s Dido and Cassandra, Eboli, the title role of Iphigénie en Aulide, Brangäne, Venus and the Emperor in the première of Henze’s We Come to the River (1976). She first appeared at Glyndebourne in 1957 as Zulma (L’italiana in Algeri), then sang Cherubino, Clarice (Rossini’s La pietra del paragone), Octavian and Charlotte. She sang Fricka (Das Rheingold) at the Salzburg Easter Festival (later recording the role with Karajan) and for her Metropolitan début in 1968. Having made her Paris Opéra début in 1969 as Dido, she returned for Kundry in 1973...

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