Lucy Shelton

Biography

Born: February 25, 1944; Pomona, CA  
Even though American soprano Lucy Shelton is best known for her high-flying, passionate performances of contemporary music, she has never restricted her musical air space to a single century or just a handful of styles; she is as comfortable in the works of Handel as in those of Wolfgang Rihm. Shelton was born in Pomona, CA, in February 1944, and studied at Pomona College (until 1965) and then at the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M., 1968) Read more under Gladys Miller. In her mid-thirties, Shelton was twice recipient of top prize at the prestigious Naumburg Competition -- first, in 1977, as part of the Jubal Trio, and then in 1980 as a soloist. The Naumburg success threw Shelton's career into high gear, and she kept herself busy both as an ensemble singer (perhaps most significantly with the Waverly Consort) and as an increasingly in-demand solo vocalist with a rare passion for new music. In this latter role, Shelton has been the inspiration for a body of important works by high-profile composers. Joseph Schwantner composed his Magabunda for her, Olivier Knussen his Whitman Settings; and the grandmaster of new American music, Elliott Carter, provided her with a work called Of Challenge and Love. From the 1990s on, she has brought this appreciation of non-standard song literature to a large class of students, both at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Tanglewood. Lucy Shelton is also active, though less prominently so, in the world of opera, most notably when she sang the role of Jenifer in a British-TV production of Michael Tippett's Midsummer Marriage. Read less

Biography

Born: February 25, 1944; Pomona, CA  
Even though American soprano Lucy Shelton is best known for her high-flying, passionate performances of contemporary music, she has never restricted her musical air space to a single century or just a handful of styles; she is as comfortable in the works of Handel as in those of Wolfgang Rihm. Shelton was born in Pomona, CA, in February 1944, and studied at Pomona College (until 1965) and then at the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M., 1968) Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Variations Op. 24 (1989): I
Variations Op. 24 (1989): II
Variations Op. 24 (1989): III
Océan de terre Op. 10 (1972-3, rev. 1976): I. Misurato -
Océan de terre Op. 10 (1972-3, rev. 1976): II. Scherzo (Vivace - Calmo - Quasi vivace) -
Océan de terre Op. 10 (1972-3, rev. 1976): III. Adagio
I. Allegro con brio, ma sempre maestoso
II. Allegretto vivace e pastorale
III. Contemplazione della bellezza: Intermezzo strumentale (Andante con moto)
IV. Adagio (in modo tragico)
V. Vivo con spirito - Tranquillo (senza lentezza) - A tempo: sempre piu gioioso sino al fine
I. Allegramente
II. Lentamente
III. Con fuoco
IV. Sostenuto e molto tranquillo
1. When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
2. A Noiseless Patient Spider
3. The Dalliance of the Eagles
4. The Voice of the Rain
La Bergère
Le Faune
Le Torrent
No. 1. Beauty, Danger and Dismay
No. 2. Out of Danger
No. 3. Serious
No. 4. Hinterhof
No. 1. Blood and Lead
No. 2. Tiananmen
No. 3. The Ballad of the Shrieking Man
No. 4. Fireflies of the Sea
Prelude: "Te Deum laudamus"
Melodrama: "In a worm's likeness will he wend"
The Building of the Ark (Choreography)
The Catalogue of the Animals:"The Lord bade that I should bring"
The Comedy (Noah and his wife): "Wife, come in!"
The Flood (Choreography)
The Covenant of the Rainbow "A Covenant,Noah,with thee I make"
I. Earth
II. Fire
III. Air
IV. Water
Allegro con brio, ma sempre maestoso
Allegretto vivace e pastorale
"Contemplazione della bellezza", Andante con moto
Adagio (in modo tragico)
"Finale", Vivo con spirito
Allegramente
Lentamente
Con Fuoco
Sostenuto e molto Tranquillo
Crawford Seeger: Three Songs - 1. Rat Riddles
Crawford Seeger: Three Songs - 2. Prayers of Steel
Crawford Seeger: Three Songs - 3. In Tall Grass
Crawford Seeger: 2 Ricercare - 1. Sacco, Vanzetti
Crawford Seeger: 2 Ricercare - 2. Chinaman, Laundryman
Kyrie (Prologue): Arioso: Shee Na Sha (oh-oo-ah) (Bass, Chorus) - Recitative and Aria: Alakeri i psihi mya kravyi (My entire soul is a cry) (Baritone, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part I: Day of Trinity: Dies irae, dies illa (Day of Wrath) (Chorus) - Recitative and Arioso: Woe to the multitude (Bass) - Arioso: My family did not believe (Soprano) - ...
Dies Irae, Part I: Day of Trinity: Aria: To whom can I speak (Soprano) - The night after Hiroshima (Tenor, Narrator) - We have killed (Tenor, Bass, Chorus) - Aria: That first night...
Dies Irae, Part I: Day of Trinity: Finale, Part I: Liber scriptus proferetur (Lo, the book exactly worded) (Soloists, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Suspicion... security risk... the state... threat (Chorus, Soloists, Narrator) - Arioso: Fading, fading strength beyond (Soprano)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Lacrymosa: Lacrymosa dies illa (Ah, that day of tears and mourning) (Soloists, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Hiroshima Aria: Pie Jesu Domine (Lord all pitying, Jesus blest) (Mezzo Soprano, Soprano, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Hostias: He was a burning and shining light (Soloist, Chorus)
Credo in Reduxio ad Absurdum: Trio: I believe in technology (Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Chorus)
Credo in Reduxio ad Absurdum: The Cold Men: There are old men (Children's Chorus)
Sanctus: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy) (Chorus I and II) - Aria: To lambrotero prosopo (God is the most resplendent) (Baritone)
Sanctus: Aria: My Lord, what a morning (Soprano, Chorus, Children's Chorus) - Duet: Holy Mother Earth (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, Children's Chorus) - Hosanna in excelsis (Chorus, Children's Chorus)
Agnus Dei (Epilogue): I dream of that day (Soloists, Chorus)


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