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 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
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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My Own Country / Lott, Johnson
Release Date: 09/27/2011   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 24   Number of Discs: 1
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Voices Of Our Time - Felicity Lott
Release Date: 04/20/2004   Label: Tdk  
Catalog: VTFL   Number of Discs: 1
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Call Me Flott / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 3   Number of Discs: 1
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Plum Pudding / Lott, Woolf, Joyful Company of Singers
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 13   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Voyage A Paris - The Melodies Of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Johnson
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55366 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Richard Jackson  ... 
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  • 27.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Complete Mahler Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94493 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Doris Soffel,  Edith Mathis,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Southend Boys Choir  ... 
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    Offenbach: Orphee Aux Enfers, La Belle Helene / Minkowski, Dessay, Lott
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107506 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Cassandre Berthon,  Laurent Naouri,  Steven Cole,  Yann Beuron  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenoble Chamber Orchestra,  Lyon National Opera Chorus,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Poulenc: Complete Songs Vol 1 / Milne, Anderson, Murray, Lott, Maltman, Lemalu, Martineau
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Robert Murray,  Malcolm Martineau,  Lisa Milne,  Christopher Maltman  ... 
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  • 30.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3148 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
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  • 31.
    Schumann: Favourite Songs / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1091 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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  • 32.
    Plum Pudding / Lott, Woolf, Joyful Company of Singers
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  William Byrd,  Kenneth Leighton  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Peter Broadbent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers
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  • 33.
    Schumann: Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44441 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Stella Doufexis,  Geraldine McGreevy,  Adrian Thompson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir
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  • 34.
    Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch / Lott, Schreier, Johnson
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55385 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Peter Schreier,  Felicity Lott
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  • 35.
    50 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57547 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Stephen Farr,  Han-Na Chang,  Jacqueline Du Pré  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Hill,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
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  • 36.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Schubert Favorites, Including Shepherd On The Rock / Felicity Lott
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1092 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson,  Ian Brown,  Michael Collins
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  • 38.
    Summertime
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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  • 39.
    A Fantasy Idyll: Works By David Bowerman
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Bowerman
    Performer:  Mark Wardell,  Katie Hodges,  Adrian Woodward,  Claire Helsdon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
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  • 40.
    Call Me Flott / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geoffrey Bush,  Francis Poulenc,  Mervyn Horder,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson
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  • 41.
    Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, 4 Songs / Jarvi, Lott
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8557 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Four Last Songs / Jarvi, Lott
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8518 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47625 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  David Hill,  Elizabeth Connell,  Richard Versalle,  Hans Sotin  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus
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  • 44.
    Cantare / Isabelle Moretti, Felicity Lott
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5186 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Mikhail Glinka,  Albert Zabel,  Paul Bernard  ... 
    Performer:  Isabelle Moretti,  Felicity Lott
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  • 45.
    Fallen Women & Virtuous Wives / Felicity Lott
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4487 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oscar Straus,  Noel Coward,  Traditional,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson
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  • 46.
    Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17526 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Andrew Mead,  Jill Gomez,  Norman Bailey,  Penelope Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall,  Richard Hickox,  Daniel Harding,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Boys Choir,  City of London Sinfonia,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 47.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6595 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Chorus,  Latvian State Academic Choir
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Choral Music Vol 5 / Negri, English Co
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420652 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Thomas Thomaschke,  Michael Laird,  Anne Collins  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Cosě Fan Tutte / Mackerras, Lott, Hadley, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80728 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Mackerras, Skovhus, Brewer, Lott, Corbelli, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80726 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Bo Skovhus,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Christine Brewer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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