Felicity Lott



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 Cosě 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
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  • 101.
    Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony / Haitink, London PO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49911 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Jonathan Summers,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    Ravel: Melodies / Berganza, Lott, Mesple, Bacquier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69299 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Philippe Boucly,  Dalton Baldwin,  Gabriel Bacquier  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Ensemble
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  • 104.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Lott, Von Otter, Bonney, Moll
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073008 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Franz Kasemann,  Heinz Zednik,  Kurt Moll,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 105.
    British Composers - Elgar: The Kingdom, Coronation Ode
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64209 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Alfreda Hodgson,  Richard Morton,  Felicity Lott,  Stephen Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cambridge University Music Society,  Royal Military School of Music Band  ... 
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  • 106.
    Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2, Etc / Norrington
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467047 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Diana Montague,  Lisa Milne,  Rosa Mannion  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2
    Label: Vox Da Capo   Catalog: 7213 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Helen Watts
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brighton Festival Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72941 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Hans Sotin,  Nadine Denize,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 109.
    Berners: Complete Vocal & Solo Piano Music / Lott, Lawson
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 290 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
    Performer:  Peter Lawson,  Roderick Kennedy,  Felicity Lott
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  • 110.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Mackerras, Skovhus, Corbelli
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80420 Release Date: 08/27/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nuccia Focile,  Felicity Lott,  Jerry Hadley,  Umberto Chiummo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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  • 111.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Hahn / Lott, Bickley, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67141/2 Release Date: 07/10/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Susan Bickley,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chorale
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  • 112.
    The Wedding Album
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 99709 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Pachelbel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Pierlot,  Rotraud Hansmann,  Felicity Lott,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean-François Paillard,  Theodor Guschlbauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berne Symphony Orchestra,  Maitrise Saint-Pierre Aux Liens de Bulle,  I Solisti Veneti  ... 
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  • 113.
    Strauss: Orchestral Songs Vol 2 / Lott, Järvi, Scottish No
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9159 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Cosě Fan Tutte / Mackerras, Lott, Hadley, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80360 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Jerry Hadley,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Edinburgh Festival Chorus
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  • 115.
    Handel: Samson / Leppard, Baker, Watts, Tear, Luxon
    Label: Erato Libretto   Catalog: 45994 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Benjamin Luxon,  Felicity Lott,  Philip Langridge,  Norma Burrowes  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Wolf: Mörike Lieder, Goethe Lieder / Lott, Parsons
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8726 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Felicity Lott
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  • 117.
    Haydn: Missa In Angustiis
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423097 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson,  Maldwyn Davies,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Choir,  English Concert
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  • 118.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Choral Music Vol 1 / Negri, Lott, Marshall
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420648 Release Date: 06/01/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Birgit Finnilä,  Felicity Lott,  Ann Murray
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 119.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Choral Music Vol 2 / Negri, Burgess, Lott
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420649 Release Date: 05/13/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Felicity Lott,  Margaret Marshall,  Sally Burgess  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Best Adagio Voices 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64292 Release Date: 09/22/0009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Toby Spence,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Taverner Players  ... 
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