Florence Quivar

Biography

Born: March 3, 1944; Philadelphia, PA  
Florence Quivar is one of the most prominent American mezzos of her generation and has appeared all over the world in concerts and recitals, winning consistent praise for her musicality and expressiveness. Though her oratorio performances are less frequent, she has enjoyed notable success in that field. And although she has been far less active in the world of staged opera, she has appeared at most of the major opera houses of the world, Read more performing coloratura as well as dramatic mezzo-soprano roles, though most of her performances are in lyric mezzo roles. She has also been particularly active in championing new music, appearing in the world premieres of works by Anthony Davis (The Goddess of the Waters in his opera Amistad at the Lyric Opera of Chicago) in 1999 and William Bolcom (in his song cycle From the Diary of Sally Hemmings at the Library of Congress) in 2001. Her interest in music started early; her mother was a piano teacher who taught voice and who also formed the gospel group the Harmonic Choraliers. Quivar herself made her singing debut at the age of six in a church performance. She became fascinated when she saw Madama Butterfly when the Met company tour performed in Philadelphia, though practical matters made her plan to be an elementary school teacher and enrolled in a teachers' college. Realizing that her true love was really music after just one day of classes, she joined the Philadelphia Academy of Music. After graduating, she briefly enrolled in Juilliard, where she made her stage debut in 1975 as the witch Jezibaba and the Foreign Princess in Dvorák's Rusalka. Not feeling ready to establish herself in New York, she returned to Philadelphia, where she taught and sang recitals with the Franklin Concert Series. Inspired by master classes with Maureen Forrester, Quivar became deeply interested in lieder, as well as oratorio. Returning to New York, she won the Marian Anderson Award, and after drawing the attention of noted impresario Harold Shaw, she began to appear with orchestras all over the United States. She made her Met debut in 1977 as Marina in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, the house at which she has sung the most stage performances. Read less
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Solti, Domingo, Barstow, Jo, Quivar [blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109105   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Solti, Domingo, Barstow, Jo, Quivar
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109104   Number of Discs: 1
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    Verdi: Luisa Miller / Millo, Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875194772 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  Paul Plishka,  Aprile Millo,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    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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  • 3.
    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Solti, Domingo, Barstow, Jo, Quivar
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109104 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  Placido Domingo,  Josephine Barstow,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Solti, Domingo, Barstow, Jo, Quivar [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109105 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Kurt Rydl,  Florence Quivar,  Placido Domingo,  Josephine Barstow  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Rilling, Coburn, Quivar, Baldin, Schmidt
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98053 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Aldo Baldin,  Pamela Coburn,  Andreas Schmidt,  Florence Quivar
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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  • 8.
    Domingo - The Verdi Opera Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 372279 Release Date: 01/07/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bruce Brewer,  Edith Mathis,  Hans Sotin  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  James Levine,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Berlioz Masterworks / Dutoit, Montreal [17-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915202 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Johann Paul A. Martini
    Performer:  Françoise Pollet,  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Gershwin: Porgy and Bess / Maazel, White, Boatwright
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895202 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Francois Clemmons,  Arthur Thompson,  Barbara Conrad,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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  • 11.
    The Verdi Opera Selection Vol 3 - Un Ballo In Maschera, La Forza Del Destino, La Traviata
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107533 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  Placido Domingo,  Josephine Barstow,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Schoenberg: Gurre-lieder / Mehta, Lakes, Marton, Quivar
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802190 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  Eva Martón,  Hans Hotter,  Jon Garrison  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Choral Artists,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 13.
    Handel: Messiah / Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85189 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Aler,  Kathleen Battle,  Florence Quivar,  Samuel Ramey
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,  Elmer Iseler Singers
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    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Ride On, King Jesus / Florence Quivar
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67138 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Larry Woodard,  Florence Quivar,  Joseph Joubert
    Conductor:  Dr Walter Turnbull
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harlem Boys Choir
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    Verdi: Requiem / Giulini, Sweet, Quivar, Cole, Estes, Bpo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423674 Release Date: 03/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  Vinson Cole,  Sharon Sweet,  Simon Estes
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Karajan, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427635 Release Date: 03/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Josephine Barstow,  Florence Quivar,  Sumi Jo,  Jean-Luc Chaignaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Davis: Amistad / Davies, Young, Doss, West, Quivar, Baker, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80627-2 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Davis
    Performer:  Thomas Young,  Florence Quivar,  Mark S. Doss,  Mark Baker
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus
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  • 19.
    Gemini - Handel: Messiah / Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17645 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Aler,  Florence Quivar,  Kathleen Battle,  Samuel Ramey
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
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  • 20.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410607 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Benjamin Luxon,  Kenneth Riegel,  Lorna Myers  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Boys' Choir,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 21.
    Berlioz: Romeo & Juliette, Symphonie Funébre / Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417302 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Alberto Cupido,  Florence Quivar
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Szymanowski: Symphonies No 3 & 4, Violin Concertos / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 14576 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Iwona Sobotka,  Katarina Karnéus,  John Connell  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus
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  • 23.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Maazel, White, Boatwright, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000994602 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Willard White,  Francois Clemmons,  Arthur Thompson,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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  • 24.
    Verdi: Requiem / Davis, Vaness, Quivar, O'neil, Colombara
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60902 Release Date: 07/11/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carol Vaness,  Florence Quivar,  Dennis O'Neill,  Carlo Colombara
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream; Schubert: Rosamunde / Levine
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415137 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Florence Quivar,  Judith Blegen
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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