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Lucia Popp

Popp was an accomplished coloratura soprano in the early years of her career, but later as her voice changed color slightly, she moved with great success into the lyric repertoire, and still later, into the lighter Strauss and Wagner operas. She had the ideal voice and personality for Viennese operetta, and was one of the best Rosalindes and Hanna Glawaris of her time. She was also a celebrated recitalist and lieder singer, and in both recitals and on the opera stage had a charming stage presence. Her untimely death in 1993 (the same year that saw the early deaths of Arleen Auger and Tatiana Troyanos) prematurely ended a major career.

When she was a child, while she sang in local choirs, her primary interest was acting, and after high school, not being certain of what she wanted for a career, she entered the Bratislava Academy to study drama. Anna Hrusovska-Prosenkova, a voice teacher at the Academy, happened to hear her singing during a performance of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and offered her voice lessons. She began her studies as a mezzo, but as she described it, her voice suddenly developed a high upper register, and when she graduated she began her professional career as a soprano. In 1963 she made her stage debut at the Bratislava Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflaute, and also debuted at the Vienna Theater an der Wien, which led to her being engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where her first role was Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She had strong ties to the Vienna State Opera during her career, though she left their regular roster in 1967, and in 1979, she was named an Austrian Kammersangerin. She made her Covent Garden debut in 1966 as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, and her Met debut in 1967 as the Queen of the Night.

During the 1970s, she left coloratura roles for lyric ones, particularly Mozart, where she was an especially effective Pamina and Susanna, and in the 1980s, abandoning those roles, as well as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, another of her specialties, she began to add even heavier roles, including Eva in Die Meistersinger and Strauss' Arabella (both in 1983), with similar success. She died unexpectedly in 1993.

On Acanta (43 326), she recorded a number of arias from both her core Mozart and Czechoslovakian repertoire as well as from operas she sang far more rarely. Her recording of operetta arias on EMI (CDR 7243 5 69853 2 2) displays her silvery voice and charm to great advantage, and she is a vivid Susanna on the Solti "dream cast" for Le Nozze di Figaro on London (410 150-2). ~ Ann Feeney
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Masters of the Voice: Soprano

Disc 1
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620

1. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen

Title: Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527

2. Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527: Vedrai, Carino

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72

3. Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72: Abscheulicher! Wo Eilst Du Hin?

4. Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72: Komm, Hoffnung...meister, Rocco

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Title: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Oratorio, H. 21/2

5. Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Oratorio, H. 21/2: Nun Beut Die Flur

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Alcina, Opera, Hwv 34

6. Alcina, Opera, Hwv 34: Tornami A Vagheggiar

Title: Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56

7. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: He Shall Feed His Flock

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: Don Pasquale, Opera

8. Don Pasquale, Opera: So Anchio La Virtù Magica

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Semiramide, Opera

9. Semiramide, Opera: Serena I Vaghi Rai ... Bel Raggio Lusinghier

Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Roméo Et Juliette, Opera

10. Roméo Et Juliette, Opera: Ah! Je Veux Vivre Dans Le

Composer: Richard Wagner
Title: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Opera, Wwv 86b

11. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Opera, Wwv 86b: Nun Zäume Dein Ross, Reisige Maid

12. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Opera, Wwv 86b: Dir Rat'ich, Vater, Rüste Dich Selbst

Title: Tannhäuser, Opera, Wwv 70

13. Tannhäuser, Opera, Wwv 70: Dich, Teure Halle

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera

14. Rigoletto, Opera: Gualtier Malde!...caro Nome

Title: Aida, Opera

15. Aida, Opera: Ritorna Vincitor!

Title: La Traviata, Opera

16. La Traviata, Opera: E Strano!... Ah, Fors'è Lui

Disc 2
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera

1. Tosca, Opera: I. Vissi D'arte, Vissi D'amore

Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera

2. Gianni Schicchi, Opera: O Mio Babbino Caro

Title: La Rondine (The Swallow), Opera

3. La Rondine (The Swallow), Opera: Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta

Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen, Opera

4. Carmen, Opera: Je Dis Que Rien Ne M'epouvante From Carmen-bizet

Composer: Léo Delibes
Title: Lakmé, Opera

5. Lakmé, Opera: Ou Va La Jeune Indoue (Air Des Clochettes - Bell Song)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), Opera

6. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), Opera: Un Bel Di Vedremo

Title: La Bohème, Opera

7. La Bohème, Opera: III. Quando Men' Vo Soletta

Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Manon, Opera In 5 Acts

8. Manon, Opera In 5 Acts: Adieu, Notre Petite Table

Composer: Ambroise Thomas
Title: Mignon, Opera In 3 Acts

9. Mignon, Opera In 3 Acts: Je Suis Titania

Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Rusalka, Opera, B. 203 (Op. 114)

10. Rusalka, Opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song To The Moon

Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Title: Louise, Opera

11. Louise, Opera: Dupuis Le Jour

Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Der Rosenkavalier, Opera, Op. 59 (Trv 227)

12. Der Rosenkavalier, Opera, Op. 59 (Trv 227): Act I: Die Zeit, Die Ist Ein Sonderbar Ding

Composer: Francesco Cilea
Title: Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera

13. Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera: Del Sultano Amuratte . . . . Io Son L'umile Ancella From Adriana Lecouvreur-cilea

Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Title: Glitter And Be Gay, For Soprano & Orchestra (from "Candide")

14. Glitter And Be Gay, For Soprano & Orchestra (from "Candide"): Glitter And Be Gay

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Track List: Polygram Records Classic Opera

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Title: Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527
Title: Il Rè Pastore, Opera, K. 208
Title: Così Fan Tutte, Opera, K. 588
Title: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Opera, K. 620
Title: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail (The Abduction From The Seraglio), Opera, K. 384
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Title: Acide E Galatea, Opera, H. 28/1
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Title: Alceste (French Version), Opera In 3 Acts, Wq. 44
Title: Paride Ed Elena, Opera In 5 Acts, Wq. 39
Title: Orfeo Ed Euridice (Italian Version), Opera In 3 Acts, Wq. 30
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Track List: Voice Of Romance

Disc 1
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Title: Fedora, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: Lucia Di Lammermoor, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera

5. Tosca, Opera: I. Vissi D'arte, Vissi D'amore

Title: La Rondine (The Swallow), Opera
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: L'elisir D'amore, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), Opera
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Title: Don Pasquale, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera
Disc 2
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Title: Tonight, Song (from "West Side Story")
Composer: Cesare Andrea Bixio
Title: Mamma, For Voice & Orchestra

2. Mamma, For Voice & Orchestra: Mamma

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: La Bohème, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Il Trovatore, Opera
Composer: Friedrich von Flotow
Title: Martha, Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492
Composer: Joseph Marie Canteloube
Title: Malurous Qu'o Uno Fenno, Folksong For Voice & Orchestra (Chants D'auvergne, Series 3, No. 5)
Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Title: Les Contes D'hoffmann, Opera In 4 Acts
Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen, Opéra-comique In 4 Acts
Composer: Eldo di Lazzaro
Title: Chitarra Romana For Voice & Orchestra

14. Chitarra Romana For Voice & Orchestra: Chitarra Romana

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Aida, Opera
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera

16. Turandot, Opera: Nessun Dorma

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