Joan Rodgers

Biography

Born: November 4, 1956; Whitehaven, Cumbria  
Joan Rodgers is among the leading English sopranos of her generation. She has received international praise for her interpretations of Russian songs, particularly large sets of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and others, and in operas by Mozart and Handel. But she is also effective in a broader range of repertory, both in opera and in concert. Her attractive, somewhat gentle voice has evolved over the years, gaining more power Read more without darkening.

Rodgers was born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, on November 4, 1956. After graduation from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Russian, she enrolled at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for vocal studies. Her ascent to the most prestigious plateaus in opera came quickly: her debut was at the 1982 Aix-en-Provence Festival as a replacement for soprano Judith Blegen. There Rodgers sang Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute to overwhelming critical acclaim. She was soon given engagements at leading English opera houses, including Covent Garden and the English National Opera, as well as to those in Europe, including at Paris, Vienna, Munich, Florence, and Zurich.

She appeared on British television in 1988 at the BBC Proms on the Last Night concert. By the early '90s Rodgers had become highly respected not only on the major opera stages, but for her work in the recoding studio, as well. Her appearance as Susanna in the 1991 recording of Le nozze di Figaro was the first of several successful Mozart recordings on theErato label she made with conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Rodgers' debut at the Met was belated, coming only in 1995, but in one of her favorite and most successful roles, that of Pamina. In 1998 she appeared in the Chandos English-language version of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, led by her husband, conductor Paul Daniel. That same year at the Scottish Opera, she sang the Marschallin from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier for the first time and drew enthusiastic responses from critics and audience alike; she reprised the role there in 2002, reportedly with even greater success.

She has remained active in the new century, both in live performance and on recordings: her 2004 recording of Russian Songs on Hyperion, featuring songs by Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and Britten, was a critical success, and her appearances the following year in Tokyo with the Bavarian State Opera in Handel's Ariodante scored a major triumph. Read less

Biography

Born: November 4, 1956; Whitehaven, Cumbria  
Joan Rodgers is among the leading English sopranos of her generation. She has received international praise for her interpretations of Russian songs, particularly large sets of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and others, and in operas by Mozart and Handel. But she is also effective in a broader range of repertory, both in opera and in concert. Her attractive, somewhat gentle voice has evolved over the years, gaining more power Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Preludio
II. Requiem aeternam (Chorus, Soprano)
III. The Lord is my Shepherd (Soprano, Tenor, Chorus)
IV. Sanctus: I will lift up mine eyes (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor)
V. I Heard a Voice from Heaven (Tenor, Chorus, Soprano)
VI. Holy is the True Light (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor)
I. Lento
II. Allegro vivo
III. Meno mosso, con tenerezza
IV. Allegro ritmico
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Prologue (Prologue)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Theme
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 1 : The Journey (Governess)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation I
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 2 : The Welcome (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation II
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 3 : The Letter (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation III
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 4 : The Tower (Governess/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation IV
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 5 : The Window (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation V
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 6 : The Lesson (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VI
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 7 : The Lake (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VII
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 8 : At Night (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint/Miss Jessel)
Overture
" Your harps and cymbals"
" Praise ye the Lord "
" With pious heart "
" Almighty Power "
" Imperial Solomon" - " Sacred rapture "
" Throughout the land "
" Bless'd be the Lord " - " What though I trace "
" And see my Queen "
" Bless'd the day "
" Thou fair inhabitant" - "Welcome as the dawn of day"
" My blooming fair" - " Haste, haste "
" When thou art absent" - " With thee th'unshelter "
" May no rash intruder "
" From the censer "
" Prais'd be the Lord" - " When the sun "
" Great prince " - " Thrice bless'd "
" My sovereign liege "
" Thou son of David " - " Words are weak "
" What says the other " - " Thy sentence, great king"
" Withhold the executing hand" - " Can I see my infant gor'd"
" Israel' attend "
" Thrice bless'd be the king "
" From the east unto the west "
" No more shall armed bands" - " Beneath the vine "
" Swell, swell the full chorus "
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
" From Arabia's spicy shores "
" Sweep, sweep the string" - " Music, spread thy voice
" Now a diff'rent measure" - " Shake the dome "
" Then at once from rage" - " Draw the tear "
" Next the tortur'd soul" - " Thus rolling surges rises "
" Thy harmony's divine "
" Thrice happy king " - " Golden columns "
" May peace in Salem ever dwell" - " Will the sun for- get to streak "
" Adieu, fair queen" - " Ev'ry joy that wisdom knows"
" Praise the Lord "
Part I: Waldmachen (Forest Legend)
Part II: Der Spielmann (The Minstrel)
Part III: Hochzeitsstuck (Wedding Piece)
I. Song for all Seas, all Ships
II. On the Beach at Night, alone
III. Scherzo: The Waves
IV. The Explorers: Grave e molto adagio
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Prologue (Prologue)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Theme
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 1 : The Journey (Governess)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation I
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 2 : The Welcome (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation II
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 3 : The Letter (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation III
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 4 : The Tower (Governess/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation IV
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 5 : The Window (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation V
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 6 : The Lesson (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VI
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 7 : The Lake (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VII
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 8 : At Night (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint/Miss Jessel)
I. De profundis: Adagio
II. Malaguena: Allegretto
III. Loreley: Allegro molto
IV. The Suicide: Adagio
V. On the Watch: Allegretto
VI. Madam, look!: Allegretto
VII. In the Sante Prison: Adagio
VIII. The Zaporozhian Cossacks' Answer to the Sultan of Constantinople: Allegro
IX. O Delvig, Delvig!: Andante
X. The Poet's Death: Largo
XI. Conclusion: Moderato
I. Preludio
II. Requiem aeternam
III. The Lord is my Shepherd
IV. Sanctus: I will lift up mine eyes
V. I Heard a Voice from Heaven
VI. Holy is the True Light
I. Lento
II. Allegro vivo
III. Meno mosso, con tenerezza
IV. Allegro ritmico
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125: I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125: II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125: III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato - Tempo I - Andante moderato - Tempo I - Stesso tempo
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Tempo I - Vivace - Tempo I - Adagio cantabile - Tempo I - Allegro assai - Tempo I - Allegro assai -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Presto - Recitativo - Allegro assai
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Allegro assai vivace. Alla marcia -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Andante maestoso - Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Allegro ma non tanto -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Poco allegro, stringendo il tempo, sempre più allegro -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Presto -
Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' Op. 125, IV.: Maestoso - Prestissimo
Part I: O Du mien Wille, Du Wende aller Not! (Chorus)
Part I: Erhebt eure Herzen, meine Bruder ... (Baritone)
Part I: In dein Auge schaute ich jungst, O Leben (Chorus, Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)
Part I: Wehe mir! - (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Nacht ist es: nun reden lauter alle springenden Brunnen (Chorus, Baritone)
No. 1. Muza (The Muse)
No. 2. V dushe u kazhdogo iz nas (In the Soul of Each of Us)
No. 3. Burya (The Storm)
No. 4. Veter perelyotniy (The Migrant Wind)
No. 5. Arion
No. 6. Voskresheniye Lazarya (The Raising of Lazarus)
No. 7. Ne mozhet bit' (It Cannot Be)
No. 8. Muzika (Music)
No. 9. Tï znal yego (You Knew Him)
No. 10. Sey den', ya pomnyu (I Remember that Day)
No. 11. Obrochnik (The Peasant)
No. 12. Kakoye schast'ye (What Happiness)
No. 13. Dissonans (Discord)
No. 14. Vocalise
No. 1. Noch'yu v sadu u menya (In my Garden at Night)
No. 2. K ney (To Her)
No. 3. Margaritki (Daisies)
No. 4. Krisolov (The Rat-Catcher)
No. 5. Son (A Dream)
No. 6. A-u!
No. 1. O net, molyu, ne ukhodi (Oh no, I beg you, forsake me not)
No. 2. Utro (Morning)
No. 3. V molchan'i nochi taynoy (In the Silence of the Secret Night)
No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing not to me, beautiful maiden)
No. 5. Uzh ti, niva moya (Oh Thou, my Field)
No. 6. Davno l', moy drug (How Long, my Friend)
No. 1. Rechnaya lileya (The Waterlily)
No. 2. Ditya kak tsvetok ti prekrasna (Child, thou art as Beautiful as a Flower)
No. 3. Duma (Brooding)
No. 4. Polyubila ya na pechal' svoyu (I have Grown Fond of Sorrow)
No. 5. Son (The Dream)
No. 6. Molitva (A Prayer)
No. 1. Ya zhdu tebya (I Wait for Thee)
No. 2. Ostrovok (The Isle)
No. 3. Davno v lyubvi otradi malo (For Long there has been Little Consolation in Love)
No. 4. Ya bil u ney (I was with Her)
No. 5. Eti letniye nochi (These Summer Nights)
No. 6. Tebya tak lyubyat vse (How Everyone Loves Thee)
No. 7. Ne ver' mne, drug (Believe me not, Friend)
No. 8. O ne grusti (Oh, do not Grieve)
No. 9. Ona, kak polden', khorosha (She is as Lovely as the Noon)
No. 10. V moyey dushe (In my Soul)
No. 11. Vesenniye vodi (Spring Waters)
No. 12. Pora (Tis time)
Symphony
Accompagnato: Comfort ye (Tenor)
Air: Ev'ry valley (Tenor)
And the glory (Chorus)
Accompagnato: Thus said the Lord (Bass)
Air: But who may abide? (Counter-tenor)
And He shall purify (Chorus)
Recitative: Behold, a virgin (Alto)
Air: O thou that tellest (Alto)
Accompagnato: For behold, darkness (Bass)
Air: The people that walked (Bass)
For unto us (Chorus)
Pastoral Symphony
Recitative: There were shepherds (Soprano)
Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano)
Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)
Accompagnato: And suddenly (Soprano)
Glory to God (Chorus)
Air: Rejoice greatly (Soprano)
Recitative: Then shall the eyes (Alto)
Air: And He shall feed his flock (Alto)
His yoke is easy (Chorus)
Behold the Land of God (Chorus)
Air: He was despised (Alto)
Surely, He hath borne (Chorus)
And with His stripes (Chorus)
All we like sheep (Chorus)
Cosi fan tutte : Overture to Act 1
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "La mia Dorabella capace non è" [Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Fuor la spada" [Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "E la fede delle femmine" [Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Scioccherie di poeti!" [Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Una bella serenata" [Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Ah guarda, sorella" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Mi par che stamattina volentieri" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Vorrei dir e cor non ho" [Don Alfonso]
Mozart : Così fan tutte : Act 1 "Stelle! Per carità, signor Alfonso" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Sento, o Dio, che questo piede" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "La commedia è graziosa" [Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Bella vita militar" [Chorus]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Non v'e più tempo, amici" [Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Guglielmo, Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Di scrivermi ogni giorno" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Guglielmo, Ferrando, Don Alfonso]
Così fan tutte : Act 1 "Dove son?" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso]
Così fan tutte, Act 1: "Soave sia il vento" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso)
Mozart : Così fan tutte : Act 1 "Non son cattivo comico" [Don Alfonso]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Che vita maledetta" [Despina] "Madame, ecco la vostra colazione" [Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Smanie implacabili" [Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Signora Dorabella" [Despina, Dorabella, Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "In uomini, in soldati" [Despina]
Mozart : Così fan tutte : Act 1 "Che silenzio - che aspetto di tristezza" [Don Alfonso, Despina]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Alla bella Despinetta" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Che sussurro" [Don Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Despina]
Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Come scoglio immoto resta" [Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Ah non partite" [Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Non siate ritrosi" [Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "E voi ridete?" [Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Si può sapere un poco" [Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Ferrando]
Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Un'aura amorosa" [Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Oh, la saria da ridere" [Don Alfonso, Despina]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 1 "Ah che tutta in un momento" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Despina]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Andate la, che siete" [Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Una donna a quindici anni" [Despina]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Sorella, cosa dici" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Prenderò quel brunettino" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Ah, correte al giardino" [Don Alfonso, Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Secondate aurette amiche" [Ferrando, Guglielmo, Chorus]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Cos'è tal mascherata" [Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "La mano a me date" [Despina, Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "O che bella giornata" [Fiordiligi, Ferrando, Dorabella, Guglielmo]
Cosi fan tutte, K. 588, Act 2: "Il core vi dono, bell'idolo mio" (Dorabella, Guglielmo)
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Barbara! Perche fuggi?" [Fiordiligi, Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Ei parte..." [Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Per pieta, ben mio" [Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Amico, abbiamo vinto!" [Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Donne mie, la fate a tanti" [Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "In qual fiero contrasto" [Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Tradito, schernito" [Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Bravo, questa è constanza" [Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Ora vedo che siete" [Despina, Dorabella, Fiordiligi]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "E' amore un ladroncello" [Dorabella]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Comme tutto congiura" [Fiordiligi, Guglielmo, Despina, Don Alfonso] "L'abito di Ferrando" [Fiordiligi, Despina, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti" [Fiordiligi, Ferrando]
Mozart : Così fan tutte : Act 2 "Ah poveretto me" [Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Ferrando]
Mozart : Così fan tutte : Act 2 "Tutti accusan le donne" [Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Ferrando]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Vittoria, padroncini!" [Despina, Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo]
Mozart : Cosi fan tutte : Act 2 "Fate presto, o cari amici" [Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso]
Overture
" Your harps and cymbals"
" Praise ye the Lord "
" With pious heart "
" Almighty Power "
" Imperial Solomon" - " Sacred rapture "
" Throughout the land "
" Bless'd be the Lord " - " What though I trace "
" And see my Queen "
" Bless'd the day "
" Thou fair inhabitant" - "Welcome as the dawn of day"
" My blooming fair" - " Haste, haste "
" When thou art absent" - " With thee th'unshelter "
" May no rash intruder "
" From the censer "
" Prais'd be the Lord" - " When the sun "
" Great prince " - " Thrice bless'd "
" My sovereign liege "
" Thou son of David " - " Words are weak "
" What says the other " - " Thy sentence, great king"
" Withhold the executing hand" - " Can I see my infant gor'd"
" Israel' attend "
" Thrice bless'd be the king "
" From the east unto the west "
" No more shall armed bands" - " Beneath the vine "
" Swell, swell the full chorus "
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
" From Arabia's spicy shores "
" Sweep, sweep the string" - " Music, spread thy voice
" Now a diff'rent measure" - " Shake the dome "
" Then at once from rage" - " Draw the tear "
" Next the tortur'd soul" - " Thus rolling surges rises "
" Thy harmony's divine "
" Thrice happy king " - " Golden columns "
" May peace in Salem ever dwell" - " Will the sun for- get to streak "
" Adieu, fair queen" - " Ev'ry joy that wisdom knows"
" Praise the Lord "


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