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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
Handel - Mozart: Messiah / Mackerras, Lott, Palmer, Langridge
Release Date: 04/25/2006   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 74   Number of Discs: 2
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    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  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42957 Release Date: 01/01/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
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    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  ... 
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    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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    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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    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:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
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    Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius; Parry: Blest Pair Of Sirens; I Was Glad
    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
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    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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    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
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    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 33289 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
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    Essential Britten
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40292 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
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    Ravel Complete Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728702 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
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    Offenbach: Tales Of Hoffmann / Tate, Norman, Araiza, Studer, Ramey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001726902 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 3
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    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Cheryl Studer,  Eva Lind,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
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    Holst: The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40471 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
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    Performer:  Jonathan Snowden,  David Theodore,  Ralph Downes,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn,  Norman Del Mar,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
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    Delius - 150th Anniversary Edition [18-CDs]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0841752 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Piers Lane,  John Noble,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Vernon Handley,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
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    Delius: A Village Romeo & Juliet / Davies, Harwood, Tear, Mangin,  Luxon, Noble
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0879692 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Barenboim, Eaglen, Palmer, Sieffert
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 667082 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Sieffert,  Jane Eaglen,  Robert Holl  ... 
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    Wagner: The Complete Operas / Daniel Barenboim [34-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 66834 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Sieffert,  Jane Eaglen,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 20.
    British Composers - Guide To Britain
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29001 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Herbert Howells,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Garth Benson,  Robert Tear,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Boris Ord,  André Previn,  Philip Ledger  ... 
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    Glyndebourne - Comedy & Tragedy
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Massimo Giordano,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Sally Matthews  ... 
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    Offenbach: Tales Of Hoffmann / Tate, Norman, Araiza, Studer, Ramey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001572502 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Cheryl Studer,  Eva Lind,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
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    British Composers - Delius, Howells, Hadley
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95405 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Herbert Howells,  Patrick Hadley
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Heather Harper,  Robert Tear,  Benjamin Luxon  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Wagner Opera Experience
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    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beate Vergine / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414572 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Michael Rippon,  Philip Langridge,  Jill Gomez,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
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