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Aage Haugland

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(b Copenhagen, 1944; d Copenhagen, 2000).

Danish bass‐baritone. Début Oslo 1968 in Martinů's Comedy on the Bridge. Member of Danish Royal Opera from 1973. CG début 1975. Sang Hagen...

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Aaron

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Religion.

In Hebrew tradition Moses's brother. He was assigned to Moses as his assistant (Exod. 4: 14), and later he and his descendants were appointed priests (Exod. 28 f.). In Christian theology he...

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Abaris

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(Rameau: Les Boréades). Ten. Son of Apollo. Brought up by the High Priest Adamas, his identity has remained a secret. In love with Queen Alphise, he is only able to marry her when his royal...

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Abigaille

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(Verdi: Nabucco). Sop. Elder but illegitimate daughter of Nabucco. She is in love with the Hebrew Ismaele who rejects her in favour of her younger sister Fenena. She attempts to replace her...

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Abimélech

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(Saint‐Saëns: Samson et Dalila). Bass. Satrap of Gaza. He taunts the subjugated Hebrews for praying to their God who is not helping them in their distress. Their leader, Samson, slays him....

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Achilla

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(Handel: Giulio Cesare). Bass. General and Counsellor to Tolomeo, who cheats him. Achilla defends Cleopatra against Tolomeo and is mortally wounded. Created (1724) by Giuseppe Boschi.

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Achille De Bassini

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(b Milan, 5 May 1819; d Cava de’ Tirreni, 3 Sept 1881). Italian baritone. He was the type of the ‘noble’ baritone for whom Giuseppe Verdi wrote parts exploiting a high tessitura, firm...

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Acis

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In Greek mythology, a young shepherd, lover of the sea nymph Galatea, who was killed out of jealousy by his rival Polyphemus; as he died, Galatea turned him into a river.

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Acis and Galatea

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(Handel). Lib. by John Gay and others; 2 acts; f.p. Cannons, Edgware, nr. London, 1718, possibly dir. by Johann Christoph Pepusch. Better defined as a masque or pastoral.

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Ada Adini

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(b Boston, 1855; d Dieppe, Feb 1924).

American soprano. She studied with Pauline Viardot and Giovanni Sbriglia in Paris. Her début role was Giacomo Meyerbeer's Dinorah, at Varese...

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Ada Sari

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(b Wadowice, nr Kraków, 29 June 1886; d Ciechocinek, 12 July 1968). Polish soprano. One of the most distinguished coloratura sopranos of her era, she studied singing in Kraków, Vienna and,...

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Adalgisa

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(Bellini: Norma). Sop. (but often sung by mez.). An acolyte of the temple. Pollione's love for her makes him reject Norma, the High Priestess. Adalgisa is horrified to realize that Pollione...

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Adam Didur

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(b Wola Sekowa, nr Sanok, 24 Dec 1874; d Katowice, 7 Jan 1946). Polish bass. He studied in Lemberg with Valery Wysocki and in Milan with Franz Emmerich. He made his début in 1894 in Rio de...

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Adamas

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(Rameau: Les Boréades). Bass. High Priest of Apollo, entrusted with raising Apollo's son Abaris. Created (f. stage p. 1982) by Françoix Le Roux.

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Adams, Rev. Horace

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(Britten: Peter Grimes). Ten. Rector of the Borough. Suspecting Grimes of being responsible for the death of his apprentices, he leads the men as they march to Grimes's hut to investigate...

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Adelaide Borghi-Mamo

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(b Bologna, 9 Aug 1826; d Bologna, 29 Sept 1901).

Italian mezzo-soprano. She studied in Milan and made her début in 1843 at Urbino in Saverio Mercadante's Il giuramento. She ...

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Adelaide Malanotte

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(b Verona, 1785; d Salò, 31 Dec 1832).

Italian contralto. She made her début in 1806 at Verona, then sang in Turin and at the Teatro Valle, Rome, in the ...

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Adele

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1 (J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus). Sop. The Eisensteins’ maid. With her sister Ida, she goes to Prince Orlofsky's party, wearing a dress she has ‘borrowed’ from her mistress....

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Adèle Isaac

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(b Calais, 8 Jan 1854; d Paris, 22 Oct 1915). French soprano. She studied with Gilbert Duprez in Paris, making her début in 1870 at the Théâtre Montmartre in Victor Massé's Les noces de...

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Adele Kern

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(b Munich, 25 Nov 1901; d Munich, 6 May 1980).

German soprano. She studied in Munich, making her début there in 1924 as Olympia in Les contes d᾽Hoffmann. She was ...

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