Josephine Barstow

Biography

Country: England  
Josephine Clare Barstow was born in Sheffield, England, on September 27, 1940. Her musical studies were at the University of Birmingham, and then at the London Opera Center. She joined Opera for All in 1964. In 1967 and 1968 she appeared with the Sadler's Wells Opera, singing Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Also in 1967 she joined the Yorkshire Opera, a short-lived company, and from there she joined the Welsh National Opera in 1968, Read more beginning again with the part of Cherubino. She went on to sing the part of the Countess in the same opera with that company. She has frequently sung with the Welsh company and, from 1969, also frequently appeared at Covent Garden, beginning at a typically English starting point, as one of the Nieces in Britten's Peter Grimes. She first performed with the Glyndebourne Company in 1972 as Lady Macbeth when that company made a television recording of Verdi's Macbeth; her first actual stage appearance at Glyndebourne was in 1974 as Electra in Mozart's Idomeneo. Her first appearance with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York was on March 28, 1977, as Musetta in La bohème.

As her voice matured she moved into German repertory with Salome in Strauss's opera (1975) and in 1983 sang the role of Gutrune in Wagner's Die Götterdämmerung in Bayreuth. Meanwhile, she built an admirable reputation in premieres of new operas, and works outside the traditional repertory. She sang the major roles of Denise in the premiere of Tippett's The Knot Garden, Jeanne in the first British production of Penderecki's The Devils of Loudon, and Autonoe in the first British production of Henze's The Bassarids. From these roles she gained a reputation portraying emotionally messed up heroines. Other roles have been Emilia Marty, the 300-year-old heroine of Janácek's Makropulos Case, three of the four leading female roles in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, and Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace. In 1985 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She has recorded several of these roles. She has a very expressive, ringing soprano voice of unusual flexibility. Her timbre is quite individual, and her acting, both vocal and visual, is extraordinary for its intensity and commitment. Read less

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Biography

Country: England  
Josephine Clare Barstow was born in Sheffield, England, on September 27, 1940. Her musical studies were at the University of Birmingham, and then at the London Opera Center. She joined Opera for All in 1964. In 1967 and 1968 she appeared with the Sadler's Wells Opera, singing Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Also in 1967 she joined the Yorkshire Opera, a short-lived company, and from there she joined the Welsh National Opera in 1968, 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!"
1. Prelude
2. The Tornament
3. Recitative & Fight
4. Entrance of the Queen
5. Recitative
6. The two Lords' Explanation
7. Raleigh's Song
8. Ensemble of Reconciliation
9. Recitative & Final March
10. Prelude & Dialogue
11. The Queen's Song
12. Cecil's Song of Government
13. Recitative & Essex's Entry
14. First Lute Song
15. Second Lute Song
16. The First Duet for the Queen & Essex
17. Soliloquy & Prayer
18. Prelude & Welcome
19. The Masque
20. Finale
21. Prelude & Song
22. Duet
23. Double Duet
24. Quartet
25. Pavane
26. Conversation
27. Galliard
28. Conversation & the Queen's Entrance
29. Lavolta
30. Conversation
31. Morris dance
32. Recitative
33. The Queen's Burlesque
34. Quartet
35. March
36. The Queen's Announcement
37. Ensemble
38. Coranto
39. Prelude & Chatter
40. Essex's Intrusion
41. The Second Duet of the Queen & Essex
42. The Dressing-Table Song
43. The Entrance of Cecil
44. Cecil's Report
45. Discussion
46. The Queen's Decision
47. Ballad - Rondo
48. Prelude & Verdict
49. Cecil's Warning
50. The Queen's Dilemma
51. Trio
52. Lady Essex's Pleading
53. Penepole Rich's Pleading
54. Epilogue
Kiss Me, Kate, Act I: Wunderbar (Lilli, Fred)
Kiss Me, Kate, Act I: Wunderbar (Lilli, Fred)
Overture
"Posa in pace"
"S'avanza il conte - La rivedrà nell'estasi"
"Alla vita che t'arride"
"Volta la terrea"
Signori: "oggi d'Ulrica"
"Zitti...l'incanto non dèssi turbare"
"Che v'agita cosi?" ... "Della città all'occaso"
"Su, profetessa" ... "Di' tu se fedele"
"E la destra d'un grande" - "E scherzo od è follia"
"Finisci il vaticinio" ... "O figlio della patria"
Preludio
"Ecco l'orrido campo"
"Teco io sto" ... "Oh, qual soave brivido"
"Ahimè! S'appressa alcun!" ... "Odi tu come fremono cupi"
"Seguitemi"
"A tal colpa"
"Morrò, ma prima in grazia"
"Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima"
"Siam soli. Udite" ... "Dunque l'onta di tutti sol una"
"Il messaggio entri" - "Ah! Di che fulgor" (Renato, Oscar, Amelia, Horn, Ribbing)
"Forse la soglia attinse" - "Ma se m'è forza perderti"
"Ah! dessa è là ...Si, rivederti, Amelia" ... "Fervono amori e danze"
"Saper vorreste"
"Ah! perché qui! fuggite"
"Ella è pura"
Act I Scene 1: Soon it will be evening (Jenufa, Grandmother Buryja, Laca, Jano)
Act I Scene 2: What are you doing here, Laca? (Foreman, Laca, Jenufa, Grandmother Buryja, Kostelnicka)
Act I Scene 3: Come now, Jenufa (Grandmother Buryja, Jenufa)
Act I Scene 4: They're all for marrying (Recruits, Steva, Jenufa, Foreman, Laca)
Act I Scene 5: My dear heart, my Steva, Stevuska! (Jenufa, Steva, Chorus, Kostelnicka, Grandmother Buryja, Laca, Foreman)
Act I Scene 6: Steva, Steva, I know you got drunk today (Jenufa, Steva, Grandmother Buryja)
Act I Scene 7: How all this boasting of Steva (Laca, Jenufa, Grandmother Buryja, Foreman, Barena)
Act II Scene 1: Introduction
Act II Scene 1: If I leave the door ajar a little (Kostelnicka, Jenufa)
Act II Scene 2: Yes, in all these 20 weeks (Kostelnicka)
Act II Scene 3: Aunt Kostelnicka, in the note you sent me (Steva, Kostelnicka, Jenufa, Laca)
Act II Scene 4: But I saw a man come in here just now (Laca, Kostelnicka)
Act II Scene 5: One moment ... In that moment must I lose hope (Kostelnicka)
Act II Scene 6: Mamicko, my head is aching (Jenufa)
Act II Scene 7: Who is there? (Jenufa, Kostelnicka)
Act II Scene 8: He's coming now! ... (Kostelnicka, Laca, Jenufa)
Act III Scene 1: Don't you feel nervous, Jenufka? (Maid, Jenufa, Laca, Kostelnicka)
Act III Scene 2: God be with you! (Mayor, Maid, Laca, Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Mayor's Wife)
Act III Scene 3: There now, Laca, just as I foresaw (Jenufa, Laca)
Act III Scene 4: Aha! Here they are (Laca, Karolka, Steva, Jenufa)
Act III Scene 5: There's no denying that all that was really a sight worth seeing (Mayor, Kostelnicka, Laca, Mayor's Wife)
Act III Scene 6: God be with you one and all! (Barena, Peasant Girls, Mayor, Jenufa, Laca, Grandmother Buryja, Chorus, Kostelnicka)
Act III Scene 7: What baby's that they're shouting about? (Kostelnicka, Jano, Mayor, Steva, Chorus)
Act III Scene 8: Come quickly now! (Jano, Kostelnicka, Grandmother Buryja)
Act III Scene 9: Steva, this is terrible ... (Karolka, Jenufa, Steva, Laca)
Act III Scene 10: Ha, there now, you see his baby clothes! (Jenufa, Mayor's Wife, Village Woman, Mayor, Chorus, Laca, Kostelnicka, Karolka, Maid)
Act III Scene 11: Do not kneel, dear mother! (Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Laca)
Act III Scene 12: They have gone! Now you go! (Jenufa, Laca)
Act I Scene 1: Slowly, Wozzeck, slowly! (Captain, Wozzeck)
Act I Scene 1: Wozzeck, you are a decent man, and yet ... (Captain, Wozzeck)
Act I Scene 2: Andres! This place is accursed! (Wozzeck, Andres)
Act I Scene 2: Listen. There's something moving there below us! (Wozzeck, Andres)
Act I Scene 3: Military music off-stage - Tschin, Bum, Tschin, Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum! (Marie, Margret)
Act I Scene 3: What will you do now, poor lamb? ... (Marie)
Act I Scene 3: Marie sunk in thought - Knocking at the window - Who's there? (Marie, Wozzeck)
Act I Scene 4: This is monstrous, Wozzeck! (Doctor, Wozzeck)
Act I Scene 4: Wozzeck - Just like a lunatic! (Doctor, Wozzeck)
Act I Scene 5: Show me how you parade! (Marie, Drum Major)
Act II Scene 5: Mmmmmm (Soldiers, Wozzeck, Andres)
Act II Scene 5: I am a man! (Drum Major, Andres, A Soldier, Wozzeck)
Act III Scene 1: And out of his mouth (Marie)
Act III Scene 1: And once there was a lonely child (Marie)
Act III Scene 1: And falling on her knees before Him (Marie)
Act III Scene 2: The town is over there (Marie, Wozzeck)
Act III Scene 2: The moon rises - How the moon rises red! (Marie, Wozzeck)
Act III Scene 3: Dance, damn you! (Wozzeck, Margret, A Youth, Wenches, Youths)
Act III Scene 4: The dagger? Where is the dagger? (Wozzeck)
Act III Scene 4: I ought to wash myself clean (Wozzeck, Captain, Doctor)
Act III Scene 4: Scene change (Invention on a Key)
Act III Scene 5: Ring-a-ring-a-roses, all fall down! (Children, First Child, Second Child, Third Child, Marie's Boy)
Overture
"Posa in pace"
"S'avanza il conte - La rivedrà nell'estasi"
"Alla vita che t'arride"
"Volta la terrea"
Signori: "oggi d'Ulrica"
"Zitti...l'incanto non dèssi turbare"
"Che v'agita cosi?" ... "Della città all'occaso"
"Su, profetessa" ... "Di' tu se fedele"
"E la destra d'un grande" - "E scherzo od è follia"
"Finisci il vaticinio" ... "O figlio della patria"
Preludio
"Ecco l'orrido campo"
"Teco io sto" ... "Oh, qual soave brivido"
"Ahimè! S'appressa alcun!" ... "Odi tu come fremono cupi"
"Seguitemi"
"A tal colpa"
"Morrò, ma prima in grazia"
"Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima"
"Siam soli. Udite" ... "Dunque l'onta di tutti sol una"
"Il messaggio entri" - "Ah! Di che fulgor" (Renato, Oscar, Amelia, Horn, Ribbing)
"Forse la soglia attinse" - "Ma se m'è forza perderti"
"Ah! dessa è là ...Si, rivederti, Amelia" ... "Fervono amori e danze"
"Saper vorreste"
"Ah! perché qui! fuggite"
"Ella è pura"
Act I Scene 1: Florence!
Act I Scene 1: I hope we're not too early
Act I Scene 1: Stuffy! Tobacco stink!
Act I Scene 1: Now then! Notebook, Florence!
Act I Scene 1: The first suggestion on my list
Act I Scene 1: Is this all you can bring?
Act I Scene 1: Beggin' your pardon
Act I Scene 1: Right! We'll have him!
Act I Scene 1: Interlude
Act I Scene 2: Bounce me high, bounce me low
Act I Scene 2: Shop! Hi Albert!
Act I Scene 2: Sid, I'm sorry
Act I Scene 2: Hi Sid! You forgot to pay for the herbs
Act I Scene 2: Good morning, young man
Act I Scene 2: We bring great news to you
Act I Scene 2: Well! Think of that, my lad!
Act II Scene 1: Interlude - Isn't he here?
Act II Scene 1: For three precious weeks
Act II Scene 1: That's a fine sight for sore eyes!
Act II Scene 1: Quickly, quickly, come along!
Act II Scene 1: I don't think you ought
Act II Scene 1: Quick, here they
Act II Scene 1: Hush! Harold Wood!
Act II Scene 1: I'm full of happines
Act II Scene 1: Magnificent, your Ladyship
Act II Scene 1: Fascinating, Mr Mayor
Act II Scene 1: To make our thanks complete
Act II Scene 1: Go on, Albert!
Act II Scene 1: Well tried Albert!
Act II Scene 1: Interlude
Act II Scene 2: Albert the Good
Act II Scene 2: Sounds like Sid serenading
Act II Scene 2: Heaven help those
Act II Scene 2: Albert! Fast asleep, poor kid
Act III Interlude
Act III: Is she asleep?
Act III: What the hell d'you think I am?
Act III: How's the manhunt?
Act III: Hi! Heard the news?
Act III: Threnody - In the midst of life is death
Act III: Albert?
Act III: I can't remember everything
Act III: I didn't lay it on too thick, did I?


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