Felicity Palmer

Biography

Born: April 6, 1944; Cheltenham, England  
After beginning her career as a soprano, Felicity Palmer began to attract the attention of many leading conductors and was assigned important roles for live performance and recordings. Although appealing in works of the Baroque and Classical periods, Palmer came to evidence increasing strain in the top register. This factor prompted her to move to mezzo-soprano roles, a process that gave her singing a previously unexplored freedom and tonal Read more sheen. Subsequently, the singer enjoyed an even greater breadth in the repertory she was engaged to perform and demonstrated a healthy longevity, singing Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera in her late fifties. After entering London's Guildhall School of Music in 1962, Palmer studied at that institution until 1967, following which she worked with soprano Marianne Schech at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. Thereafter, she studied privately with Vera Rozsa at her studio in London. At first, Palmer was a choral singer, performing with the John Alldis Choir and London's Purcell Consort. When she won first prize in the 1970 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship competition, however, she found herself launched upon a solo career. After appearing in a performance of Purcell's Dioclesian at Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, she made her operatic debut singing the same composer's Dido in a 1971 production with the Kent Opera. By 1973, she had made her American debut singing the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with the Houston Opera. Two years later, she appeared with the English National Opera in London as Pamina. Within the decade following her debut, Palmer had amassed performances with such prominent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Lawrence Foster, Bernard Haitink, Raymond Leppard, Charles Mackerras, John Pritchard, and Karl Richter. Subsequently, Palmer has won affirmative notices for her broad repertory, extending from Bach to Gilbert & Sullivan, from Handel to Wagner. Engagements made her an international artist, taking her to most of Europe and the United States, the Mideast, and South America. She appeared at the 1985 Glyndebourne Festival as Florence in Britten's Albert Herring. At Salzburg, she appeared for the first time as alto soloist in Handel's Messiah in 1992. Palmer has sung with success at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, making an especially strong impression as a touching Baba the Turk. Read less
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    Handel: The Great Oratorios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002522302 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ian Partridge,  Emma Kirkby,  Patrizia Kwella,  Carolyn Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Baroque Soloists,  Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir  ... 
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    Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002464702 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Voces8
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  • 3.
    Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer [Blu-ray]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552754 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Donald Maxwell,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Campanella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    A Britten Collection [5-blu-ray Disc Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7189 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    A Britten Collection [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    The CBSO Years / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Elgar: The Kingdom, Sospiri, Sursum Corda / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24154 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Margaret Marshall,  Roderick Elms,  David Wilson-Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Autograph – Jose van Dam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619049 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rosalind Plowright,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Kent Nagano,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619048 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Amoyal,  Peter Serkin,  Simon Estes,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Handel: Dixit Dominus; Zadok The Priest; The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619530 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Malcolm Hicks,  David Wilson-Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner
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  • 12.
    Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Svetlanov, Ussr State Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2266 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Arthur Davies,  Norman Bailey
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 13.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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  • 14.
    Sir Adrian Boult - The Complete Conductor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1927023 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Simpson,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42957 Release Date: 01/01/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Kenneth Bowen,  Ian Partridge,  Paul Hudson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 16.
    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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  • 17.
    Eotovs: Love And Other Demons / Palmer, Gunn, Jurowski, London Philharmonic
    Label: Glyndebourne Festival Opera   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Eötvös
    Performer:  Allison Bell,  Felicity Palmer,  Nathan Gunn,  Mats Almgren
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Britten: Vocal Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 151642 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Henry Purcell,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Roger Vignoles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Steuart Bedford,  Richard Armstrong,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 20.
    Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens; I Was Glad / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24146 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Arthur Davies,  Gwynne Howell
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Graham-Hall, Gritton, Ticciati
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1103 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Gillett,  Daniel Okulitch,  Felicity Palmer,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Graham-Hall, Gritton, Ticciati [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7119 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 23.
    Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 33289 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  John Mitchinson,  Felicity Palmer,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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  • 24.
    Essential Britten
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40292 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Ida Haendel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Steuart Bedford,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Endymion Ensemble
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  • 25.
    Ravel Complete Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728702 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Ivo Pogorelich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart  ... 
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