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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Handel: Ode For St Cecilia's Day / Pinnock, Lott, Johnson
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419220 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    London Po 75th Anniversary  Vol 3 / Tennstedt, Masur, Et Al
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 99 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Michael George,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Tatiana Monogarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst,  Vladimir Jurowski,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Linz Mozart Choir  ... 
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  • 83.
    Glyndebourne Diamonds - Five Great Opera Productions
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101109 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Reni Penkova,  Max René Cosotti,  Ugo Trama,  Bernard Dickerson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    The Emi Centenary Gala At Glyndebourne
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56465 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Franz Lehár,  André Messager,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Felicity Lott,  Ian Bostridge,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Handel - The Ultimate Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18502 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Elliott,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Lily Laskine,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Ton Koopman,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Claudio Scimone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  The Sixteen,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    Bach: St Matthew Passion / Willcocks, The Bach Choir
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000799202 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Felicity Lott,  Neil Jenkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir,  Thames Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul's Cathedral Boy's Choir
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  • 87.
    Best Film Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70900 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  André Saint-Clivier,  Wayne Marshall,  Maria Tipo,  Andrei Gavrilov  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Sir David Willcocks,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 88.
    Britten: Purcell Realizations / Lott, Gritton, Walker, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion Dyad   Catalog: 22058 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
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  • 89.
    Handel - Mozart: Messiah / Mackerras, Lott, Palmer, Langridge
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 74 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Philip Langridge,  Robert Holliday,  Murray Greig  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Offenbach: La Grande Duchesse De Gerolstein / Lott, Minkowski
    Label: Erato (Dvd)   Catalog: 10239 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  François Le Roux,  Felicity Lott,  Sandrine Piau,  Yann Beuron
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 91.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 4
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67336 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Geraldine McGreevy,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
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  • 92.
    Schubert: The Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44201/40 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig Berger  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Christine Schäfer,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  London Schubert Chorale,  New Company Singers
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  • 93.
    Souvenirs De Venise / Songmakers' Almanac
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55217 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Jackson,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Graham Johnson,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Songmakers' Almanac
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    Amor - Strauss: Opera Scenes & Lieder / Dessay, Pappano
    Label: Erato   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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  • 100.
    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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