Martha Lipton


Born: 1919; New York, NY   Died: November 28, 2006  
Martha Lipton had a major American operatic career as a mezzo-soprano and alto, appearing nearly 300 times at the Metropolitan Opera House between 1944 and 1961.

She studied at the Juilliard, where she debuted as Pauline in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades in 1941. She first sang with the New York City Opera in 1944 as Nancy in Flotow's Martha, and in the same year at the Met as Siebel in Gounod's Faust.

She was frequently heard on
Read more Metropolitan Opera Saturday broadcasts, and several of those have been released in restored sonics on the Naxos Historical label (generally not available in the United States).

She also recorded for Columbia Records. One of her best known performances was the classic Handel Messiah recording with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and she appeared in Leonard Bernstein's first recording of Mahler's Third Symphony, one of the first stereo tapings of that work. Another classic recording in which she appeared was the Fritz Reiner-led recording of Verdi's Falstaff, and she also sang the monaural recording of Copland's Emily Dickinson Songs and in his opera The Second Hurricane.

Notable premieres in which Lipton participated include the first American performance of Hugo Wolf's Der Corregidor in a concert realization in New York, and she created the role of Augusta in Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera House, Central City, Colorado, on July 7, 1956, repeating the performance the following April with the New York City Opera.

Lipton also appeared in Europe, particularly in Paris and Vienna. Since 19690 she has been a Professor of Singing at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where, faculty rosters indicate, she teaches part-time. Read less
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  • 1.
    Verdi at The Met
    Label: Sony   Catalog:  721202 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rosa Ponselle,  Friedrich Jagel,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Henriette Wakefield  ... 
    Conductor:  Ettore Panizza,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Thomas Schippers,  Fritz Stiedry  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 508 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Martha Lipton,  Carlos Alexander,  Uta Graf,  Camilla Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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    Stokowski -fabled Concert Performance -mahler: Symphony No 8
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1130 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Carlos Alexander,  Francis Yeend,  Martha Lipton,  Camilla Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Stokowski - Classic 1947-1949 Columbia Recordings Vol 2
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 534 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Lipton
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    A Copland Celebration Vol 2 - Chamber Music & Rarities
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89326 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  William Warfield,  Aaron Copland,  Martha Lipton  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet members,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    The Royal Edition - Mahler: Symphony No 3, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47576 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Martha Lipton
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Schola Cantorum New York members,  Transfiguration Boys Choir
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    Handel: Messiah / Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 607 Release Date: 07/16/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Martha Lipton,  Davis Cunningham,  William Warfield
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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