Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier

English opera singer (contralto)
Date of Birth: 22.04.1912
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Kathleen Ferrier
  2. Early Career and Oratorio Performance
  3. Operatic Success
  4. Repertoire and Recordings

Biography of Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953) was an English contralto opera singer. She made her operatic debut in 1946 at the Glyndebourne Festival in the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's opera "The Rape of Lucretia" in the title role.

Early Career and Oratorio Performance

In 1943, Ferrier first appeared on stage in Handel's oratorio "Messiah." Her powerful and expressive voice gained recognition, and she soon became known for her exceptional talent as a singer.

Operatic Success

Ferrier achieved great success in the opera world. In 1946, she made her operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival, performing the leading role in the world premiere of Britten's opera "The Rape of Lucretia." Her performance received critical acclaim and established her as a prominent opera singer.

In 1947, Ferrier returned to the Glyndebourne Festival to portray the role of Orpheus in Gluck's opera "Orfeo ed Euridice." Her interpretation of the character captivated audiences, and she later reprised the role at Covent Garden in 1953.

Repertoire and Recordings

Although Ferrier's operatic repertoire was limited to these two roles, she gained widespread recognition as an interpreter of the works of J.S. Bach, Handel, and German Romantic composers. She predominantly performed in concerts, showcasing her exceptional vocal abilities.

Ferrier recorded extensively, including collaborations with renowned conductor and pianist Bruno Walter. Her recordings captured the essence of her remarkable voice and musicality, ensuring her legacy as one of the greatest contralto singers of her time.