Martha Lipton

Biography

Born: 1919; New York, NY   Died: November 28, 2006  
Martha Lipton had a major American operatic career as a mezzo-soprano and alto, appearing nearly 300 times at the Metropolitan Opera House between 1944 and 1961.

She studied at the Juilliard, where she debuted as Pauline in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades in 1941. She first sang with the New York City Opera in 1944 as Nancy in Flotow's Martha, and in the same year at the Met as Siebel in Gounod's Faust.

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She also recorded for Columbia Records. One of her best known performances was the classic Handel Messiah recording with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and she appeared in Leonard Bernstein's first recording of Mahler's Third Symphony, one of the first stereo tapings of that work. Another classic recording in which she appeared was the Fritz Reiner-led recording of Verdi's Falstaff, and she also sang the monaural recording of Copland's Emily Dickinson Songs and in his opera The Second Hurricane.

Notable premieres in which Lipton participated include the first American performance of Hugo Wolf's Der Corregidor in a concert realization in New York, and she created the role of Augusta in Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera House, Central City, Colorado, on July 7, 1956, repeating the performance the following April with the New York City Opera.

Lipton also appeared in Europe, particularly in Paris and Vienna. Since 19690 she has been a Professor of Singing at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where, faculty rosters indicate, she teaches part-time. Read less

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Born: 1919; New York, NY   Died: November 28, 2006  
Martha Lipton had a major American operatic career as a mezzo-soprano and alto, appearing nearly 300 times at the Metropolitan Opera House between 1944 and 1961.

She studied at the Juilliard, where she debuted as Pauline in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades in 1941. She first sang with the New York City Opera in 1944 as Nancy in Flotow's Martha, and in the same year at the Met as Siebel in Gounod's Faust.

She was frequently heard on
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Rigoletto - Highlights: Act I: Prelude
Act I: Della mia bella incognita borghese
Act I: Questa o quella
Act I: Partite? Crudele!
Act I: Gran nuova! Gran nuova!
Act I: Ch'io gli parli - Oh tu che la festa audace hai turbato
Act I: Quel vecchio maledivami!
Act I: Pari siamo!
Act I: Figlia! Mio padre! - Deh non parlare al misero
Act I: Ah! veglia, o donna
Act I: Giovanna, ho dei rimosi - È'il sol dell'anima
Act I: Che m'ami, deh! Ripetimi - Addio, addio speranza ed anima
Act I: Gualtier Maldè! - Caro nome che il mio cor
Act I: Riedo!... Perchè?
Act I: Zitti, zitti moviamo a vendetta
Rigoletto - Highlights: Act II: Ella mi fu rapita!... Parmi veder le lagrime
Act II: Duca, duca! - Scorrendo uniti remota via
Act II: Povero Rigoletto!
Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
Act II: Mio padre! - Dio! Mia Gilda!
Act II: Parla siam soli - Tutte le feste al tempio
Act II: Compiuto pur quanto - Sì, vendetta, tremenda vendetta
Act III: E l'ami? - Sempre
Act III: La donna è mobile
Act III: Un dì, se ben rammentomi
Act III: Bella figlia dell'amore
Act III: M'odi! - Venti scudi, hai tu detto?
Act III: Ah piu non ragiono
Act III: Della vendetta alfin giunge l'instante!
Act III: Chi e mai, chi e qui in sua vece?- V'ho ingannato...
Falstaff - Highlights: Act I: Falstaff! Olà!
Act I: Sei polli, sei scellini
Act I: Ehi! Paggio!
Act I: Alice ... Meg ... Nanetta
Act I: "Fulgida Alice! Amor t'offro..."
Act I: In due parole
Act I: Pst, pst. Nanetta.
Act I: Falstaff m'ha canzonata
Act I: Torno all'assalto
Act I: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia magniloquenza altera
Act II: Siam pentiti e contriti
Act II: Alice è mia!
Act II: Signore, v'assista il cielo
Act II: C'è a Windsor una dama
Act II: È sogno? O realtà...
Act II: Presenteremo un bill per una tassa al parlamento
Act II: Olà! Ned! Will!
Act II: Alfin t'ho colto raggiante fior
Act II: Mia signora
Act II: C'è. C'è. Se t'agguanto!
Falstaff - Highlights: Act III: Ehi! Taverniere!
Act III: Reverenza. La bella Alice
Act III: Brava! Quelle corna saranno la mia gioia!
Act III: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola
Act III: Una, due, tre
Act III: Ninfe! Elfi!... Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
Act III: Alto là! Chi va là!
Act III: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
Act III: Tutto nel mondo è burla
Te Deum in C Major for Voices, Organ, Orchestra and Chorus: I. Te Deum. Allegro moderato
II. Te ergo. Moderato
III. Aeterna fac. Allegro. Moderato. Feierlich, mit Kraft
IV. Salvum fac. Moderato
Per singulos dies benedicimus te. Allegro moderato
V. In te, Domine, speravi. Mäßig bewegt
In te, Domine, speravi. Fuge. Im gleichen gemäßigten Tempo - Alla breve
Part I: Hymnus: Veni, creator spiritus
Part II: Final Scene from Faust
Overture
Recitative: Comfort ye, my people
Air: Every valley shall be exalted
Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
Recitative: Thus saith the Lord
Air: But who may abide
Chorus: And He shall purify
Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
Chorus: For unto us a Child is born
Pastoral Symphony
Recitative: There were shepherds
Recitative: And the angel said unto them
Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel
Chorus: Glory to God
Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
Air: He shall feed His flock
Messiah: Chorus: His yoke is easy (Voice)
Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God (Voice)
Air: He was despised (Voice)
Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefs (Voice)
Chorus: And with His stripes we are healed (Voice)
Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray (Voice)
Chorus: Lift up your heads (Voice)
Air: Why do the nations? (Voice)
Recitative: He that dwelleth in Heaven (Voice)
Air: Thou shalt break them (Voice)
Chorus: Hallelujah! (Voice)
Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Voice)
Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Voice)
Air: The trumpet shall sound (Voice)
Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb (Voice)


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