Adele Addison

Biography

Born: July 24, 1925; New York, NY  
Adele Addison is one of the great American vocal artists who appeared suddenly on the international scene in the 1950s and 1960s and was a major force in European commentators beginning to take the U.S. seriously for its role in developing first-rate musical talent. She was one of the best known of the several African-American singers who, following the example of Marian Anderson, shattered barriers and stereotypes in the concert Read more world.

She learned to sing at a young age and won a scholarship to study at the Westminster Choir College. Continued scholarship awards enabled her to pursue further studies at Princeton University and at summer sessionis at the Berkshire Music School associated with the Tanglewood summer festival in Massachusetts. At Tanglewood she studied with Boris Goldovsky.

He recital debut was in Boston in 1948. Her New York debut was in 1952 at Town Hall, following a few years of further studies and vocal training with Povla Frisch.

She was invited to sing at the New York City Opera and the New England Opera. She preferred, however, to sing in recital and on the concert stage. She was chosen to sing the premiere of Lukas Foss' Time Cycle in 1961 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, repeated the next week with Izler Solomon and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (heard by the instant writer). She had a memorably smooth, polished voice with exceptionally accurate pitch, great power, and warmth, all applied with evident intelligence and musicianship as well as a penchant for playing close attention to the words. (The cycle is in both English and German.) She also premiered the Gloria by Francis Poulenc in 1959.

A favorite artist of Bernstein's, she was invited to sing at the opening concert at the New York Philharmonic's new venue, Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fischer Hall) at Lincoln Center, New York, in 1962.

Her polished and fluent tone made her a desirable Baroque vocal artist. Among her recordings, her account of Bach's St. Matthew's Passion and Handel's Ode to St Cecilia are among her fans' favorites. Read less
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  • 1.
    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Richard Tucker - Song & Cantorial Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544474 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Emanuele Nutile,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  John Wustman,  John Huston,  Ben Irving  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Nicolas Flagello,  Sholom Secunda,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 290 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Berger,  Richard Donovan
    Performer:  Gilbert Kalish,  Paul Jacobs,  Adele Addison
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galimir String Quartet
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 147 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Noel Lee,  Mark Bucci
    Performer:  Adele Addison,  Samuel Baron,  Rey De la Torre,  James Payne
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  • 5.
    As You Like It - Shakespeare In Music
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61874 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Cole Porter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Lucine Amara,  Charles Bressler,  Eileen Farrell,  Lili Chookasian  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pembroke Davenport,  Max Goberman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach: B Minor Mass / Shaw, Endich, Addison, Kopleff, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 63529 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sara Mae Endich,  Adele Addison,  Florence Kopleff,  Mallory Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Robert Shaw Orchestra
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    Bernstein Century - Handel: Ode For St. Cecilia's Day
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60731 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Adele Addison,  Bruce Prince-Joseph,  John McCollum,  John Wummer  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers University Chorus,  New York Philharmonic
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    Bernstein Century - Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Nypo, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60727 Release Date: 02/16/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Charles Bressler,  Donald Bell,  David Lloyd,  John Corigliano Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Collegiate Chorale,  Transfiguration Boys Choir
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    Bernstein Century - Debussy: Le Martyre De Saint Sébastian
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60596 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Fritz Weaver,  Adele Addison,  Virginia Babikian,  Marlena Kleinman  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Choral Art Society
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  • 10.
    Bernstein Century - Handel: Messiah /Addison, Oberlin, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60205 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  William Warfield,  Adele Addison,  David Lloyd,  Russell Oberlin
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir
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    Bernstein Century - Foss: Time Cycle, Phorion, Song Of Songs
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63164 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lukas Foss
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Adele Addison,  Richard Dufallo,  Howard D. Colf  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Etc / Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46533 Release Date: 08/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Adele Addison,  Donald Bell,  Richard Lewis,  Jane Hobson
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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    Handel: Messiah - Highlights / Bernstein, New York Po
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 38481 Release Date: 01/10/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  William Warfield,  Adele Addison,  Russell Oberlin,  David Lloyd
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  New York Philharmonic
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