Jill Gomez

Biography

Born: September 21, 1942; Trinidad  
Attractive in appearance and of pleasing voice, soprano Jill Gomez achieved success in her early career in a variety of lyric roles. Surprisingly, the most unreserved acclaim came much later in life when she portrayed the debauched Duchess in Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face, a role that revealed a new dramatic power allied with a still-viable voice. Even before she became a center of renewed attention for the Duchess, Gomez had won the hearts of Read more many for her series of smart and sophisticated cabaret programs later preserved on recording. Gomez studied at both the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her stage debut was as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1968. Graduating to the parent company almost immediately, she sang Mélisande the next year and the title role in Raymond Leppard's 1970 realization of Cavalli's Callisto. That same year, Gomez appeared as Flora in Michael Tippett's densely concentrated The Knot Garden in the opera's premiere at Covent Garden. She achieved success in several other lyric roles at Covent Garden (Lisa in Bellini's La Sonnambula and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi) and as Tytania in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She established a positive relationship with the Scottish Opera and sang several Mozart roles there (Pamina, the Countess, and Fiordiligi) as well as Anne in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Elizabeth in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers. Another role on her list of creations was the Countess in Thea Musgrave's The Voice of Ariadne. Gomez had frequently recorded, devoting herself most frequently to songs of Spain and France. Her disc devoted to Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne won affirmative reviews as have her recorded recitals of French works. In addition, two delicious recitals devoted to cabaret music have been issued to glowing reviews. Her Duchess in Adès' Powder Her Face was preserved by EMI with the original cast and the composer in charge of musical direction. Gomez's portrayal is a tour de force, alternately opulent and unhinged. She achieves the difficult task of making a figure of ridicule into a person who evokes sympathy from the listener. Read less

Biography

Born: September 21, 1942; Trinidad  
Attractive in appearance and of pleasing voice, soprano Jill Gomez achieved success in her early career in a variety of lyric roles. Surprisingly, the most unreserved acclaim came much later in life when she portrayed the debauched Duchess in Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face, a role that revealed a new dramatic power allied with a still-viable voice. Even before she became a center of renewed attention for the Duchess, Gomez had won the hearts of Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "So, If I Dream"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "What Is It You Do To Flora?"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "You Can Pick Roses"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "If You Think We're Waxworks, You Ought To Play"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "Ca - Ca - Caliban"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "O, You Stare In Horror"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 1:"Confrontation" - "Do, Do Not, Do Not Torment Me"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 2:"Labyrinth" - "Fear! What Do I Fear?"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 2:"Labyrinth" - "Flora: Flora, Love; Stop Crying"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 2:"Labyrinth" - "I Was Born In a Big Town"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "You Must Both Hold With Me"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "Ugh-Ugh-Ugh. -Whatever Is That?"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "Two Unruly Spirits Born!"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "Mel! O Crude, O Obscene"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "And What Are You, Mangus?"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "I Am No More Afraid"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "Goodbye Island: Goodbye Cave"
Tippett: The Knot Garden / Act 3:"Charade" - "Enough! Enough!"
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I: Overture (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Oo, aa! ha ha ha ha ha (Maid/Electrician)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: I see. This is what it has come to
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Take it from me (Duchess/Electrician/Maid)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: Of course she's done well
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: I could never grow bored of dukedoms (Confidante/Lounge Lizard/Duchess)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: I hear him coming (Pantomime) (Duchess/Confidante/Lounge Lizard/Duke)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Fancy, fancy being rich (Waitress)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Interlude - Scene 4: Nineteen fifty-three ...mm...ah!...How may I help you? (Duchess/Laundryman/Other Guest)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: ...mm..ah!...Room service?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: What have you got there?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Come here (Duchess/Waiter)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Is Daddy squiffy?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Are you saying the Duchess is a whore?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Ha ha ha ha...(Paper chase) (Mistress/Duke)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, Act One, Introduction: Over hill, over dale (Fairies/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Oberon is passing fell and wrath (Fairies/Oberon/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Well, go thy way (Oberon/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: How now my love? (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull (Oberon/Demetrius/Helena)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Welcome wanderer! ... I know a bank (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Is all our company here? (Quince/Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Through the frost have I gone (Puck/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Stay, thou thou kill me, sweet Demetrius (Helene/Demetrius/Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: You spotted snakes with double tongues (Fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: What thou seest when thou dost wake (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Introduction
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Are we all met? (Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug/Quince/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I see their knavery (Bottom/Tytania/Solo fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Be kind and courteous to this gentleman (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Hail! mortal, hail! (Solo fairies/Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I have reas'nable good ear in music (Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: How now, mad spirit? (Oberon/Puck/Demetrius/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT THREE: Now the hungry lions roars (Solo fairies/Puck/Oberon/Tytania/Fairies)
Les Illuminations Op. 18: I. Fanfare
Les Illuminations Op. 18: II. Villes
Les Illuminations Op. 18: IIIa. Phrase
Les Illuminations Op. 18: IIIb. Antique
Les Illuminations Op. 18: IV. Royauté
Les Illuminations Op. 18: V. Marine
Les Illuminations Op. 18: VI. Interlude
Les Illuminations Op. 18: VII. Being Beauteous
Les Illuminations Op. 18: VIII. Parade
Les Illuminations Op. 18: IX. Départ
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 1. Nuits de juin (wds. Victor Hugo)
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 2. Sagesse (wds. Paul Verlaine)
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 3. L'Enfance (wds. Victor Hugo)
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 4. Chanson d'automne (wds. Paul Verlaine)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Introduction
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Oberon is passing fell and wrath (Fairies/Oberon/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Well, go thy way (Oberon/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: How now my love? (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull (Oberon/Demetrius/Helena)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Welcome wanderer! ... I know a bank (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Is all our company here? (Quince/Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Through the frost have I gone (Puck/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Stay, thou thou kill me, sweet Demetrius (Helene/Demetrius/Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: You spotted snakes with double tongues (Fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: What thou seest when thou dost wake (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Introduction
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Are we all met? (Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug/Quince/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I see their knavery (Bottom/Tytania/Solo fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Be kind and courteous to this gentleman (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Hail! mortal, hail! (Solo fairies/Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I have reas'nable good ear in music (Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: How now, mad spirit? (Oberon/Puck/Demetrius/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT THREE: Now the hungry lions roars (Solo fairies/Puck/Oberon/Tytania/Fairies)
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 1. Prelude
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 2. Andantino quasi allegretto
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 3. Lento (The King's Three Blind Daughters)
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 4. Sicilienne
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 5. Andante
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 6. Molto adagio
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 1. Nuits de juin (wds. Victor Hugo)
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 2. Sagesse (wds. Paul Verlaine)
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 3. L'Enfance (wds. Victor Hugo)
Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 4. Chanson d'automne (wds. Paul Verlaine)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I: Overture (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Oo, aa! ha ha ha ha ha (Maid/Electrician)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: I see. This is what it has come to
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Take it from me (Duchess/Electrician/Maid)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: Of course she's done well
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: I could never grow bored of dukedoms (Confidante/Lounge Lizard/Duchess)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: I hear him coming (Pantomime) (Duchess/Confidante/Lounge Lizard/Duke)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Fancy, fancy being rich (Waitress)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Interlude - Scene 4: Nineteen fifty-three ...mm...ah!...How may I help you? (Duchess/Laundryman/Other Guest)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: ...mm..ah!...Room service?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: What have you got there?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Come here (Duchess/Waiter)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Is Daddy squiffy?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Are you saying the Duchess is a whore?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Ha ha ha ha...(Paper chase) (Mistress/Duke)
1. Deus in adjutorium meum intende
2. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina
3. Psalmus 109: Dixit Dominus
4. Concerto: Nigra sum
5. Psalmus 112: Laudate, pueri, Dominum
6. Concerto: Pulchra es
7. Psalmus 121: Laetatus sum
8. Concerto: Duo Seraphim
9. Psalmus 126: Nisi Dominus
10. Concerto: Audi, coelum
11. Psalmus 147; Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum
12. Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis'
13. Hymnus: Ave Maria stella
14. Magnificat: Magnificat
15. Magnificat: Et exultavit
16. Magnificat: Quia respexit
17. Magnificat: Quia fecit mihi magna
18. Magnificat: Et misericordia eius
19. Magnificat: Fecit Potentiam
20. Deposuit potentes
21. Esurientes implevit bonis
22. Suscepit Israel
23. Sicut locutus est
24. Gloria Patri
25. Sicut erat in principio


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