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Elly Ameling

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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
Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Ameling, Fassbaender, Prey, Laubenthal
Release Date: 10/10/1989   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 416402   Number of Discs: 3
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Schumann, Schubert / Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin
Release Date: 08/17/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186131   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Lieder / Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin
Release Date: 08/17/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186132   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart, Schubert: Opera & Concert Arias /Elly Ameling, Et Al
Release Date: 08/17/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186133   Number of Discs: 1
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Haydn: Complete Songs / Elly Ameling, Jorg Demus
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 518618   Number of Discs: 2
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    Decca - Vienna Philharmonic - The Orchestral Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002227902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Werner Krenn,  Elly Ameling,  Werner Tripp  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Münchinger,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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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:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell'Arte Trio  ... 
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    The Argo Years / Neville Marriner, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields [28-CD Set]
    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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    Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition [36-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002010702 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Peter Schreier,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus,  St. Willibrod Boy's Choir  ... 
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    Faure Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94750 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jerome Ducros,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Henri Demarquette,  Juliette Hurel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Serge Baudo,  Moshe Atzmón,  André Vandernoot  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Bretagne  ... 
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  • 6.
    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Elly Ameling - The Early Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 26613 Release Date: 12/27/2012   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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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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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) [17-CD Set]
    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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    Icon - Elly Ameling: 
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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  • 14.
    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   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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    Baroque Christmas: Bach, Handel
    Label: Cct   Catalog: 78165 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robert Gambill,  Robert Holl,  Lucia Popp,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  South German Radio Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 16.
    Best Beethoven 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48445 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James 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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  • 17.
    Schubert: Duets, Trios & Quartets / Fischer-Dieskau, Baker, Ameling, Moore
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94082 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Bach: Great Choral Works / Munchinger, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802001 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Elly Ameling,  Helen Watts,  Yvonne Minton  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singakademie,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Hymnus Choir  ... 
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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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 Prey,  Horst Laubenthal
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Bach: Arias From St. Matthew Passion / Ameling, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4168 Release Date: 12/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Paul Steinitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Steinitz Bach Players,  London Bach Society
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  • 25.
    Complete Mozart Edition 12 - Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586002 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Lucia Popp,  Edith Mathis,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (
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