Gerald English

Biography

Born: November 6, 1925; Hull, England  
Pleasant and smooth of voice, Gerald English became one of England's most important lyric tenors in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Although most often remembered as a concert and oratorio singer, he sang many opera performances in a wide-ranging repertory that covered several centuries. He was as comfortable and authentic in Monteverdi as he was in the music of his own time. During the latter part of his performing career, he became a respected Read more professor of music. After spending much of his early years in Belgium and Northern France, English entered Oxford University as a student of science. Following a period of military service, he returned to school, this time as a student at the Royal College of Music undertaking voice studies with Jennifer Ryan. At age 25, he became a member of the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir and, shortly thereafter, the Deller Consort. With the latter, his continental upbringing proved of value in singing idiomatic French. During this time, he also began to build a reputation as a recitalist, eventually gaining particular authority as an interpreter of Fauré. English's debut in opera took place with the English Opera Group in 1955 when he sang the evil Peter Quint both in England and in Milan. In addition to works by Britten, English received good notices for his interpretations in works by contemporary composers such as Tippett, Richard Rodney Bennett (who had requested him for the title role in The Ledge), Berg, Stravinsky, Dallapiccola, and Henze. The venues in which he sang included Paris, Vienna, Barcelona, and Stockholm, as well as Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, and Sadler's Wells (predecessor to the English National Opera). Meanwhile, his concert work took him to various cities in America, Brussels, Rome, Cologne, Stockholm, Lisbon, Amsterdam, and Rio de Janeiro. Beginning in 1960, English served as a professor of music at his alma mater, the RCM, and in 1977, he assumed directorship of the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne while continuing his concert and recital work. Among the singer's many recordings are fine ones of French songs, Bach cantatas, Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Purcell's Te Deum and lute songs, and Vaughan William's The Pilgrim's Progress. Read less

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Biography

Born: November 6, 1925; Hull, England  
Pleasant and smooth of voice, Gerald English became one of England's most important lyric tenors in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Although most often remembered as a concert and oratorio singer, he sang many opera performances in a wide-ranging repertory that covered several centuries. He was as comfortable and authentic in Monteverdi as he was in the music of his own time. During the latter part of his performing career, he became a respected Read more
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The Beatitudes: Preludie - A Troubled World
The Beatitudes: I. The Mount of Olives
The Beatitudes: II. First and Secon Beatitudes
The Beatitudes: III. Easter
The Beatitudes: IV. I got me flowers to strew thy way
The Beatitudes: V. Third Beatitudes
The Beatitudes: VI. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled
The Beatitudes: VII. Forth Beatitude
The Beatitudes: VIII. The Call
The Beatitudes: Interlude
The Beatitudes: IX. Fifth, Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Beatitudes
The Beatitudes: X. And Death shall have no Dominion
The Beatitudes: XI. Ninth Beatitude
The Beatitudes: Voices of the mob
The Beatitudes: XII. Epilogue - O Blessed Jesu
No. 1. Prologue
No. 2. Pastoral
No. 3. Nocturne
No. 4. Elegy
No. 5. Dirge
No. 6. Hymn
No. 7. Sonnet
No. 8. Epilogue
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: (Adagio) - Vision of Troas (Chorus/Calkas)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Ten long years have dragged (Calkas/Chorus/Antenor)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Back to your hovels (Troilus/Antenor/Chorus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Is Cressida a slave? -
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Child of the wine-dark wave (Troilus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Morning and evening (Cressida/Troilus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Forgive me ... Pandarus! ... Passing through the city (Pandarus/Troilus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: O Pallas, virgin daughter (Chorus of Priests/Calkas/Cressida/Evadne/Pandarus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Slowly it all comes back (Cressida/Evadne)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Nothing but Troilus' patronage (Pandarus/Cressida/Evadne)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Prince Troilus! (A Soldier/Pandarus/Troilus/Chorus/A Priest)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act One: Dear Child, you need a littel comfort (Pandarus/Cressida/Trioilus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 1: (Allegretto) - Does talking put you off? (Pandarus/Cressida/Horaste/Evadne)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 1: How can I sleep? -
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 1: At the haunted end of the day (Cressida)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 1: Hush! Don't be alarmed! (Pandarus/Cressida/Troilus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 1: If one last doubt (Troilus/Cressida)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 2: Interlude (A tempo tempetuoso) (Orchestra)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 2: From isle to isle chill waters (Cressida/Troilus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 2: Who would go drumming about the town? (Pandarus/Cressida)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 2: My name is Diomede (Diomede/Pandarus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Two, Scene 2: Oh, I'm no use, no use (Pandarus/Diomede/Troilus/Cressida/Evadne)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: (Lugubre) - Is there no word? (Watchmen/Cressida/Evadne)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: No answering sign on the walls (Cressida/Watchmen)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: Cressid, daughter (Calkas)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: O gods, O deathless gods (Cressida)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: Proud, wondrous Cressida (Diomede/Cressida)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: So here's an end of it all (Evadne/Watchmen)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: Evadne ... Evadne ... Troilus! (Troilus/Pandarus/Evadne/Cressida)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: WIll I please him thus? (Cressida/Evadne/Troilus/Pandarus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: What is thus sudden alarm? (Troilus/Chors/Cressida/Pandarus/Diomede)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: Troy, false of heart, yet fair! (Diomede/Troilus/Cressida/Pandarus/Calkas/Evadne/Chorus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: Troilus, you must not die for me (Cressida/Troilus/Diomede/Calkas/Pandarus)
Troilus and Cressida (revised version), Act Three: Diomede! ... Father! ... (Cressida)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): E pure io torno (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Chi parla? (2 Soldati)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Signor, deh, non partire! (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Speranza tu mi vai (Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Mira, Poppea, dove il prato (Arnalta/Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Disprezzata regina (Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Ecco la sconsolata (Seneca/Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Se tu non dai soccorso (Valetto)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Seneca io miro in cielo infausti rai (Pallade/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Son risoluto alfine (Nerone/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Come dolci, Signor, come soavi (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): A speranze sublimi il cor inalzà (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Ad altri tocca in sorte (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Deh più non rifacciarmi (Poppea/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Otton, torna in te stesso (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Pur sempre con Poppea (Drusilla/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sento un certo non so che (Valetto/Damigella)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Solitudine amata (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sebeca assau m'incresce di trovarti (Liberto/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Amici è giunta l'hora (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Non morir, Seneca (Coro)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Itene tutti a prepararmi il bagno (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hor che Seneca è morto (Nerone/Lucano)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Tu che dagli avi miei (Ottavia/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Felice cor mio (Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Io non so dov'io vada (Ottone/Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hor che Seneca è morto (Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagiati, Poppea (Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Dorme l'incauta, dorme (Amor)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Eccomi trasformato (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Forsennato, scellerato (Amor/Poppea/Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): O felice Drusilla o che sper'io (Drusilla/Arnalta/Littore)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Signor, ecco la rea (Narnalta/Nerone/Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): No, no, questa sentenza (Ottone/Drusilla/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Addio, Roma, addio patria, amici, addio (Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hoggi sarà Poppea (Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): A te, a te sovrana augusta (Coro)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Pur ti miro, pur ti stringo (Poppea/Nerone)
Lamento d'Arianna (Madrigals Book IV) (1967 Digital Remaster): I: Lasciatemi morire
Lamento d'Arianna (Madrigals Book IV) (1967 Digital Remaster): II: O Teseo, Teseo mio
Lamento d'Arianna (Madrigals Book IV) (1967 Digital Remaster): III: Dove, dove è la fede
Lamento d'Arianna (Madrigals Book IV) (1967 Digital Remaster): Ahi, che non pur risponde
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: No. 1 - O Fortuna
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: No. 2 - Fortune plango vulnera
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), I - Primo vere: No. 3 - Veris Ieta facies
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), I - Primo vere: No. 4 - Omnia Sol temperat
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), I - Primo vere: No. 5 - Ecce gratum
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 6 - Tanz
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 7 - Floret silva
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 8 - Chramer, gip die varwe mir
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 9 - Reie - Swaz hie gat umbe - Chume, chum, geselle min - Swaz hie gat umbe
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 10 - Were diu werlt alle min
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 11 - Estuans interius
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 12 - Olim lacus colueram
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 13 - Ego sum abbas
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 14 - In taberna quando sumus
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No.15 - Amor volat undique
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 16 - Dies, nox et omnia
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 17 - Stetit puella
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 18 - Circa mea pectora
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 19 - Si puer cum puellula
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 20 - Veni, veni, venias
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 21 - In trutina
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 22 - Tempus est iocundum
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 23 - Dulcissime
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Blanziflor et Helena: No. 24 - Ave formosissima
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: No. 25 - O Fortuna


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