Valerie Masterson

(b. 1937)

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(b Birkenhead, 1937).

Eng. soprano. Début Salzburg Landesth. 1963 (Frasquita in Carmen). D'Oyly Carte Opera Co. 1966–70. SW début at Coliseum 1971 and became member of SW (later ENO) from 1972. CG début 1974; Paris 1978; Amer. début S. Francisco 1980. Combines brilliant coloratura with rich dramatic qualities, hence her particular success as Violetta. Also admired as Handel singer. CBE 1988.

Subjects: Opera.

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