Elly Ameling


Born: February 8, 1933; Rotterdam, The Netherlands  
Elly Ameling is a Dutch soprano renowned for her performances of art song and oratorio. She is among the few singers to gain worldwide fame without being an operatic star. In fact, though she did sing one staged role (Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo in 1973 and 1974), she avoided opera almost entirely during her more than 40-year performing career, choosing to focus instead on concert and recital repertory.

Ameling began her vocal studies with
Read more Jo Bollekamp and Jacoba Dresden Dhont in Rotterdam, and later coached French song literature with renowned singer Pierre Bernac. She first came to attention by winning the 1956 Hertogenbosch and 1958 Geneva competitions. Debut recitals in Amsterdam (1961), London (1966), and New York (1968) were important milestones in a developing career that eventually took her all over the world. She found special favor with the Japanese public.

As a concert artist, Ameling was especially noted for her Bach and Mozart interpretations. At the same time, her performances in works such as the oratorios of Haydn and Mendelssohn and the Fourth Symphony of Mahler are justly admired. Her concerts also included performances of Alban Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder and Altenberg Lieder, as well as Berlioz's Les nuits d'été and Ravel's Shéhérazade. Always interested in new music, she sang in the premiere of Frank Martin's Mystčre de la Nativité in 1959. She had the honor of singing during the wedding of Princess Christina of the Netherlands in 1975, as well as during the Royal Crowning Ceremony of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1980.

Ameling's vast repertory includes songs in German, French, Dutch, English, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. She was most strongly associated with the songs of Franz Schubert, but she was an equally accomplished interpreter of Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Hugo Wolf. Her outstanding feel for the French mélodie is on display in EMI's complete recordings of the songs of Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc, and Ravel, with Dalton Baldwin at the piano. Other notable career highlights include a recording of the complete songs of Dutch Baroque composer Constantijn Huygens (with baritone Max van Egmond), recital performances of songs by Joaquin Rodrigo and Xavier Montsalvage (they do not often appear on her recordings), and performances of Frank Martin, Samuel Barber, and Benjamin Britten. Ameling occasionally gave cabaret evenings in intimate settings, including the Stratford Festival in Canada.

Elly Ameling's voice is a light soprano of great purity, with a wonderful command of the entire dynamic range and a wide variety of expressive colors. She moved very little on-stage, and so even the slightest hand gesture carried great meaning. Having been an audience favorite for over 30 years, Ameling retired from the recital stage in the mid-'90s, following a series of farewell recitals in her favorite cities. However, she continues to share her love of song by giving master classes for young singers. Read less
Fauré: Mélodies / Elly Ameling, Gerard Souzay
Release Date: 01/24/2006   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92792   Number of Discs: 4
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ameling, Fassbaender, Prey, Laubenthal
Release Date: 10/10/1989   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 416402   Number of Discs: 3
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio Highlights / Jochum, Ameling
Release Date: 05/13/2010   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 422252   Number of Discs: 1
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    Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4834660 Release Date: 03/01/2019   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Anna Reynolds,  Guus Hoekman,  Horst Hoffmann
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Debussy: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 565660 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Joachim Raff,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Cécile Ousset,  Michel Béroff,  Samson François  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  François-Xavier Roth,  Armin Jordan,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebčne,  Nash Ensemble,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Haydn - Complete Edition 2017
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95594 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 160
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Jolanda Violante,  Federico Guglielmo,  Anton Holzapfel,  Alan Stringer  ... 
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer,  Federico Guglielmo,  Anton Holzapfel,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition 2017
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95510 Release Date: 10/01/2017   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002549202 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 200
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  David Busch,  Amandine Beyer,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten,  Trevor Pinnock,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Fritz Wunderlich: Complete Studio Recordings on DG
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002565802 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Christa Ludwig,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  Karl Münchinger,  Marcel Couraud,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir  ... 
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    Christmas 101
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002507302 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Elly Ameling Sings Schubert
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95107 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Rudolf Jansen
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    Schubert Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94870 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 69
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher,  György Pauk,  Peter Frankl,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber,  Andreas Weiser,  Romano Gandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell' Arte Trio  ... 
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 13026 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Siegfried Barchet,  Tom Krause,  Wilhelm Nossek,  Michael Wieck  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
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    The Argo Years / Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Elly Ameling - The Early Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 26613 Release Date: 12/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Angelica May,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Elly Ameling,  Hans-Martin Linde
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Rudolf Pohl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Aureum
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    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prętre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garde Républicaine Soloists Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus  ... 
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder on Record 1898-2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Time Traveller - La Belle Epoque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79014 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Kate Royal,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Beniamino Gigli  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Edward Gardner  ... 
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the Dutch Nightingale
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6790732 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Theo Altmeyer,  Dame Janet Baker,  Marius Rintzler,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Best Beethoven 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48445 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James [Bass Vocal] Morris,  Josef Suk,  Claudio Arrau,  Emil Gilels  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Kurt Sanderling,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Munchinger, Pears, Prey, Wunderlich
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 414057 Release Date: 03/18/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Marga Höffgen,  Heinz Wunderlich,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Bach: Cantatas BWV 140, 80 / Leppard, Ameling, Ramey
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 422490 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Samuel Ramey,  Aldo Baldwin,  Linda Finnie
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio Highlights / Jochum, Ameling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422252 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Horst Laubenthal
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
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    Cimarosa: Requiem / Negri, Ameling, Finnila
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 422489 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Kurt Widmer,  Birgit Finnilä,  Elly Ameling,  Richard Van Vrooman
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreux Festival Chorus,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Serenata / Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412216 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lia Cimaglia-Espinosa,  Fernando J. Obradors,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Rudolf Jansen
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    Handel, Gluck, Purcell: Arias / Ameling, Masur
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412233 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Hermann Baumann,  James E. Ross,  Ralf Götz
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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