Felicity Lott

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Biography

Born: May 8, 1947; Cheltenham, England  
English soprano Felicity Lott began her musical studies on the violin and piano, but she did not entertain the idea of a musical career until after completing a degree in French at the Royal Holloway College. Having studied voice during college, she auditioned for the Royal Academy of Music, and spent the next four years there. Her debut came in London as Seleuce in Handel's Tolomeo, but she first came to public attention in 1975 when she stepped Read more in as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the English National Opera, where she also sang Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace and Roxane in Szymanowski's King Roger. In 1976 at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden she continued this thread of modern opera in Henze's We Come to the River and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The following year, she sang Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress at Glyndebourne and Jennifer in Tippett's Midsummer marriage at the Welsh National Opera. Perhaps even more important was singing the Countess in Strauss's Capriccio for the Glyndebourne Touring Company; this was the first of many Strauss roles she was to make her own.

Lott also undertook roles from the standard repertory, including Poppea in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Xiphares in Mitridate, ré di Ponto. She had great success in French opera, especially as Charpentier's Louise, Blanche in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites and the Woman in La voix humaine. She eventually added more Strauss roles to her repertoire, including both Octavian and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Christine in Intermezzo and Arabella. She has sung at all of the major opera houses around the world, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco, the Metropolitan, Hamburg, Dresden, Vienna, Paris Opera, and Munich. Her Mozart roles have remained central in her performing schedule.

Lott is also very active as a recitalist. She is one of the original members of the Songmaker's Almanac, a group created by pianist Graham Johnson to explore all areas of song literature. She and Richard Jackson have been admired for their performances of Wolf's Italianisches Liederbuch. She is also well known for her interpretations of the songs of Francis Poulenc and has recorded nearly all of the songs appropriate for female voice. Her performances of Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben and Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder are also highly acclaimed. Her recital programs are unusually varied and often contain little-known pieces, and are much anticipated by audiences. She also appears regularly with major orchestras around the world. Her concert repertoire includes the second and fourth symphonies of Mahler, the oratorios of Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, and, of course, the Four Last Songs of Strauss.

When Felicity Lott began performing, her voice was a medium sized lyric soprano with a strong lower register. As she has matured, the voice has taken on darker hues which have enabled her to be able to fulfill all of the demands of the great Strauss operas for which she is justly famous. She has excellent control of the entire dynamic range and a wonderful feel for the long phrases of Mozart and Strauss. She is an excellent actress and is careful to create a complete character in her performances.

Lott is married to the actor Gabriel Woolf. She became a Commander of the British Empire in 1990, and was knighted as a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1996. Read less
Strauss: Intermezzo / Lott, Pringle, Kuhn
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4260   Number of Discs: 1
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Voyage A Paris - The Melodies Of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Johnson
Release Date: 06/14/2011   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55366   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rake's Progress / Haitink, Lott, Goeke, Elias, Van Allen, Ramey
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102314   Number of Discs: 1
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Gounod: Songs / Lott, Murray, Rolfe-johnson, Johnson
Release Date: 12/28/1993   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66801/2   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Mackerras, Lott, Hadley, Et Al
Release Date: 03/29/1994   Label: Telarc  
Catalog: 80360   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 101.
    Offenbach: La Grande-duchesse De Gérolstein / Minkowski
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45734 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Christophe Grapperon,  Aurélia Legay,  François Le Roux,  Yann Beuron  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 102.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 3
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67335 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Stephen Varcoe,  Christopher Maltman  ... 
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  • 103.
    English Song / Langridge, Lott, Keenleyside, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557559-60 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Lennox Berkeley,  Sir William Walton,  Peter Warlock  ... 
    Performer:  Steuart Bedford,  Della Jones,  Philip Langridge,  Felicity Lott  ... 
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  • 104.
    English Song Series 10 - Britten: Folk Song Arrangements
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557220-21 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Philip Langridge,  Graham Johnson,  Carlos Bonell
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  • 105.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Bernard Haitink
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 942377 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Patricia Payne,  Donaldson Bell,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Thomas Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 1
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67333 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Graham Johnson,  Christopher Maltman,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
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  • 107.
    The Songs Of Robert Schumann Vol 9 / Lott, Murray, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33109 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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  • 108.
    Collectors Edition - Beethoven: Folksong Settings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000345302 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sarah Walker,  John Mark Ainsley,  Christopher Maltman,  Felicity Lott  ... 
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  • 109.
    Amor - Strauss: Opera Scenes & Lieder / Dessay, Pappano
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45705 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Sophie Koch,  Felicity Lott,  Angelika Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works / Haitink, Chang
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86026 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Jonathan Summers,  Felicity Lott,  Amanda Roocroft,  Sarah Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Cantilena
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  • 111.
    Britten: The Complete Orchestral Song Cycles Vol 1/ Bedford
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557206 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Lott, Cotrubas, Glyndebourne Festival
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1411 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Ryland Davies,  Curt Appelgren,  Dale Duesing,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Offenbach: La Belle Helene / Lott, Senechal, Beuron, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2916 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Yann Beuron,  Michel Sénéchal,  Felicity Lott,  François Le Roux
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 114.
    Britten: Les Illuminations, Serenade, Etc
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10192 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Michael Thompson,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Voices Of Our Time - Felicity Lott
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: VTFL Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oscar Straus
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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  • 116.
    Opera Classics - Britten: Turn Of The Screw / Bedford, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660109-10 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Sam Pay,  Felicity Lott,  Eileen Hulse  ... 
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Chausson, Ravel, Duparc / Felicity Lott, Armin Jordan, Et Al
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 314 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Charpentier: Te Deum, Messe De Minuit / Ledger, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74726 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Ian Partridge,  April Cantelo,  Helen Gelmar,  James Bowman  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 119.
    Handel: Ode For St. Cecilia's Day / Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474549 Release Date: 08/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
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  • 120.
    Purcell: Music For Queen Mary / Gardiner, English Baroque
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 48693 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Felicity Lott,  John Williams,  Thomas Allen
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  Equale Brass
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  • 121.
    R. Strauss: Four Last Songs, Etc / Lott, Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10075 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 122.
    English Song Series 1 - Walton: Anon In Love, Facade Settings
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557112 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott,  Craig Ogden
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  • 123.
    Favourite English Songs / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6653 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lennox Berkeley,  Sir William Walton,  Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners,  Liza Lehmann  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson
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  • 124.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Musique Adorable! - Chabrier: Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67133/4 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Emmanuel Chabrier
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott,  Stephen Varcoe,  William Burden  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Requiem / Welser-Most, Lott, Jones, Lewis
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74746 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Michael Hext,  David Bell,  Keith Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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