Norma Procter

Biography

Born: February 15, 1928; Cleethorpes, England  
Mary Norma Procter was a leading British contralto in the years after World War II. She was a pupil of Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw.

Although she did sing opera (including being chosen by Benjamin Britten to sing the title role of his The Rape of Lucretia at the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival and making her Covent Garden debut in Gluck's Orpheus) she was best known as a concert, oratorio, and recital singer.

She had a rich, warm voice
Read more that was strong and reliable, lacking the pinched or squally sound that often is associated with oratorio singing.

Fittingly, she made her debut singing Handel's Messiah at Southwark Cathedral in 1958 and went on to work with the leading conductors of her time, including Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Jascha Horenstein, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Pierre Boulez. She sang in and recorded virtually every Mahler work with an alto part, including the first complete version of Mahler's Das klagende Lied. Others of her recordings include Handel's Alcina with Joan Sutherland, several Bach cantatas, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Read less

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Biography

Born: February 15, 1928; Cleethorpes, England  
Mary Norma Procter was a leading British contralto in the years after World War II. She was a pupil of Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw.

Although she did sing opera (including being chosen by Benjamin Britten to sing the title role of his The Rape of Lucretia at the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival and making her Covent Garden debut in Gluck's Orpheus) she was best known as a concert, oratorio, and recital singer.

She had a rich, warm voice
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - Allegro assai
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Poco adagio
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ausserst langsam - Adagissimo
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Grave -
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Allegro
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Musette
Handel: Alcina / Overture - Menuet
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Oh Dei! Quivi non scorgo
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - O s'apre al riso
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Questo è il cielo de' contenti
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ballo Gavotte
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ballo Menuett
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ballo Alla breve
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ecco l'infido
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Di' cor mio, quanto t'amai
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Mi ravvisi, Ruggier
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Di te mi rido, semplice stolto
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Qua dunque
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - È gelosia, forza è d'amore
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - La cerco invano
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Semplicetto! a donna credi?
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Ah, infedele, infedel!
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Se nemico mi fossi
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - La bocca vaga
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - A quai strani perigli
Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Tornami a vagheggiar
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Col celarvi a chi v'ama un momento
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Qual portento mi richiama
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Atlante, dove sei?
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Pensa a chi geme
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Qual odio
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Vorrei vendicarmi del perfido cor
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Chi scuopre al mio pensiero
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - S'acqieti / E la tua pace
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ama, sospira, ma non t'offende
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Non scorgo
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Mio bel tesoro
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Regina, sei
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ah! mio cor! schemito sei!
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Or, che dici
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - E' un folle, è un vil affetto
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Eccomi
Handel: Alcina, HWV 34 / Act 2 - Verdi prati
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ah! Ruggiero crudel, tu non mi amasti!
Handel: Alcina / Act 2 - Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Sinfonia
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Voglio amare
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Credete al mio dolore
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Minganna
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Un momento di contento
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Molestissimo
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Ma quando tornerai
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Tutta d'armat
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Niuna forza
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Mi restano le lagrime
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Sin per le vie
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Le lusinghe
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Non è amor, né gelosia
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Prendi, e vivi.Ruggiero vuol la tua libertà
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Dall'orror
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Entrée
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Tamburino
Handel: Alcina / Act 3 - Dopo tante amare pene
"Veni creator spiritus"
"Imple superna gratia"
"Infirma nostri corporis"
Tempo I. (Allegro, etwas hastig)
"Infirma nostri corporis"
"Accende lumen sensibus"
"Qui Paraclitus diceris"
"Gloria sit Patri Domino"
Poco adagio
Più mosso (Allegro moderato)
"Waldung, sie schwankt heran"
"Ewiger Wonnebrand"
"Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen"
"Gerettet ist das edle Glied"
"Jene Rosen, aus den Händen"
"Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest"
"Ich spür' soeben"
"Dir, der Unberührbaren"
"Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen"
"Er überwächst uns schon"
"Blicket auf zum Retterblick"
"Alles Vergängliche"


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