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
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Arleen Augér,  Lambert Orkis,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Essential Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95457 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Stephen Hough,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bryden Thomson,  Hans Vonk,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Sextet Members,  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Purcell Edition, Vol. 3 – Anthems, Odes & Instrumental Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69140 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Paul Elliott,  Brian Gordon,  Ashley Stafford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Stephen Stubbs,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 63.
    Handel Edition: Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 469568 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Felicity Palmer,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra Choir,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Purcell: Fairy Queen, Dido And Aeneas / Britten, Bedford
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468561 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Norma Burrowes,  Mary Wells,  Ian Partridge,  Charles Brett  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 69.
    Strauss: Intermezzo / Lott, Pringle, Kuhn
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4260 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  John Pringle,  Ian Caley,  Felicity Lott,  Elisabeth Gale
    Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    The Handel Experience / Scimone, Koopman, Leppard, Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511586 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Ton Koopman,  Felicity Palmer,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Marc Minkowski,  William Christie,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 71.
    Lehár: Die lustige Witwe / Welser-Möst, Lott, Hampson
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55152 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Rudolf Schasching,  Christopher Parke,  Howard Quilla Croft,  Stuart MacIntire  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 72.
    Mahler, Wagner / Lott, Quatuor Schumann
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 858 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schumann String Quartet
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  • 73.
    Champagne - Operetta Arias / Felicity Lott
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 62406 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oscar Straus,  Jacques Offenbach,  André Messager,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 74.
    The Songs Of Robert Schumann Vol 10 / Royal, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33110 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson,  Ann Murray,  Lydia Teuscher  ... 
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  • 75.
    Elgar - The Collector's Edition [30-Disc Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 03603 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hugh Bean,  David Parkhouse,  John Ogdon,  Herbert Sumsion  ... 
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley,  Sir Charles Groves,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Allegri String Quartet  ... 
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