Norma Procter

Biography

Born: February 15, 1928; Cleethorpes, England  
Mary Norma Procter was a leading British contralto in the years after World War II. She was a pupil of Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw.

Although she did sing opera (including being chosen by Benjamin Britten to sing the title role of his The Rape of Lucretia at the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival and making her Covent Garden debut in Gluck's Orpheus) she was best known as a concert, oratorio, and recital singer.

She had a rich, warm voice
Read more that was strong and reliable, lacking the pinched or squally sound that often is associated with oratorio singing.

Fittingly, she made her debut singing Handel's Messiah at Southwark Cathedral in 1958 and went on to work with the leading conductors of her time, including Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Jascha Horenstein, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Pierre Boulez. She sang in and recorded virtually every Mahler work with an alto part, including the first complete version of Mahler's Das klagende Lied. Others of her recordings include Handel's Alcina with Joan Sutherland, several Bach cantatas, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Read less
Browse 1-10 of 10 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Delman, Procter, Maran, Boyce, Krips
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002127002 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ralph Downes,  Bruce Boyce,  Michael Cunningham,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir
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  • 2.
    Rafael Kubelik - The Symphony Edition [23-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054802 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Teresa Berganza,  Wieslaw Ochman,  Thomas Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Overtures, Grosse Fuge / Ansermet, Suisse Romande
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Choeur Du Brassus,  Choeur Des Jeunes De L’église National De Vandoise
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    Britten: Spring Symphony; Hymn To St. Cecilia; Choral Dances From 'gloriana'
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Peter Pears,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm
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  • 5.
    Joan Sutherland: Rare Broadcasts
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Charles Edward Horn  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  April Cantelo,  Richard Bonynge,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cappella Coloniensis
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  • 6.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Kubelik, Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95551 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Norma Procter,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Chorus,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir,  North German Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Handel: Alcina / Leitner, Sutherland, Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001250302 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Jeannette van Dijck,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Chorus,  Cappella Coloniensis
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  • 8.
    Maw: Scenes And Arias;  Milner: Roman Spring, Etc
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Milner,  Nicholas Maw
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Robert Tear,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Anne Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta Chorus,  London Sinfonietta,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4150 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Richard Lewis,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Kim Borg
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Northern Symphony
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    Handel: Messiah / Sargent, Royal Po & Chorus
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Alexander Young,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Choral Society
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