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.
    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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  • 77.
    Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe; Johann Strauss Jr: Waltzes / Welser-möst
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 20974 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Robert Poulton,  Rudolf Schasching,  Elzbieta Szmytka  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 78.
    Mozart: Requiem, Mass in C Minor / Welser-Möst
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 20949 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Bell,  Laurence Dale,  Robert Lloyd,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Land Of Hope & Glory - The Last Night Of The Proms
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800476 Release Date: 04/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Henry Wood,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Michael George,  Stephen Roberts,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Haitink, Rolfe Johnson, Lott, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 09156 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Patricia Payne,  Stuart Kale,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Champagne - Operetta Arias / Felicity Lott
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Elgar - The Collector's Edition [30-Disc Set]
    Label: Emi 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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Offenbach: Operetta Highlights / Minkowski, Dessay, Lott
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91344 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Natalie Dessay,  Yann Beuron,  Etienne Lescroart  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 89.
    Label: Forlane   Catalog: 904103 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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  • 90.
    Hommage A Francis Poulenc
    Label: Forlane   Catalog: 904104 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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  • 91.
    Richard Strauss: Capriccio
    Label: Forlane   Catalog: 913606 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Thomas Allen,  Günter von Kannen,  Stephan Genz  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre
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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Natalie Dessay - The Miracle Of The Voice
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 63332 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Leonard Bernstein,  Cootie Williams,  Philippe Rombi  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  André Ceccarelli,  Rosario Bonaccorso,  Yvan Cassar  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Philippe Rombi,  Michael Schonwandt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    Mozart - The Greatest Moments Ever
    Label: Petrol   Catalog: 72927 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  David Bell,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Stephen Hough  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bryden Thomson,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 98.
    Best Mozart 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70893 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lamar Crowson,  Neill [French Horn] Sanders,  Peter Graeme,  William Waterhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    Women's Lives & Loves / Lott, Kirchschlager, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67563 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Loewe,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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