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Vaughan, Elizabeth

Max Loppert

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire, March 12, 1937). Welsh soprano. She studied with Olive Groves at the RAM. In 1960 she first appeared as Abigaille in Nabucco with the WNO: her success led to her joining the Royal Opera. Her many Covent Garden roles since 1961 have included Mimì, Liù, Britten’s Tytania, Teresa (Benvenuto Cellini), and both Andromache and Hecuba (Tippett’s King Priam). She has also sung with the ENO, notably as Penelope Rich in Gloriana (1984) and as Fidelio. Above all in Verdi roles – Gilda, Violetta, Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), a brilliant Abigaille (1973) – her lyric soprano has most happily displayed its rhythmic vitality, flexibility and reserves of power; and although her vibrant tone sometimes lacks sweetness her phrasing is always musically sensitive. A diminutive figure lends credibility to her touching Butterfly, seen with the ENO and in Johannesburg, Vienna and Montreal. She made her Metropolitan début as Donna Elvira (...

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Subjects: Opera ; Contemporary Music

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