Opera Star Returns to Leicester
Internationally renowned soprano Dame
Felicity Lott will return in September to give a recital at the University of
Leicester, for which she sang two of the earliest operatic roles of her
Dame Felicity Lott starred in two Mozart
productions with Leicester University Opera at the Haymarket Theatre in 1974 and
1975, the first as Elvira in Don Giovanni
and the second as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan
Leicester University Opera combined young
professional soloists at the outset of their careers with professional musicians
and local singers and actors from the University, producing performances of
considerable quality which were much appreciated by the Leicester public at that
time. Other young singers who appeared with the company included Philip
Langridge, Lynn Barber and Michael Rippon.
Dame Felicity Lott
For her return recital on September
21, 2002 at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, Dame
Felicity, who received an honorary degree from the University in 2000, has
chosen a programme of songs from the French, German and English repertoire. She
will be accompanied by pianist Graham Johnson, her accompanist from their
The evening will include such favourite
composers as Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Bridge and
Gershwin, as well as the lesser known Oscar Straus, Godard, Kosma, Szulc,
Terrasse, Yvain and Quilter.
Director of Music at the University,
Anthony Pither, said: “We feel honoured that Dame Felicity is singing for us
Born in Cheltenham, music was an
important part of Dame Felicity Lott’s life from her earliest years.
Initially, however, she took a degree in French and Latin to become an
interpreter, continuing to take singing lessons at the Conservatoire de Grenoble
during a stay in France. Finally music won the day and she returned to London to
take up singing at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated in 1973, also
winning the Principal’s Prize.
In 1975 she made her debut with English
National Opera as Pamina in Mozart’s Magic
Flute, the first in a long line of performances in opera houses round the
world, including in the UK Covent Garden and – in particular – Glyndebourne,
where she made her debut as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The
Rake’s Progress in 1977.
In Vienna, Milan, Paris, Brussels,
Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, New York and Chicago, she has
sung leading roles in operas by Richard Strauss, Mozart, Britten,
Charpentier, Poulenc and in operettas by Lehar, Johann Strauss and Offenbach.
As a concert artist, too, Dame Felicity
has built up a formidable international reputation, working with many major
orchestras and festivals, including conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Georg
Solti, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, André Previn, Neeme Järvi, Klaus
Tennstedt, Andrew Davis and Kurt Masur. Her
concert repertoire includes music by Handel, Bach, Mahler, Brahms, Elgar and
Dame Felicity has received the title Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French
Government in 1990, and Chevalier dans la
Legion d’Honneur in 2001. In 1990
she was made a CBE and in 1996 was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire.
Dame Felicity Lott is married to the
actor Gabriel Woolf. They live in Sussex
with their daughter, Emily.
Dame Felicity Lott will appear at the
University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester
on Saturday 21 September 2002 at 7.30 pm. Tickets
cost £15 (£13 retired and £7.50 concession) and are available in advance from
the Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, and the Music
Department, 0116 252 2781.
TO EDITORS: Further
information is available from Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music,
Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester,
telephone 0116 252 2455, email RACentre@le.ac.uk,
or from Anthony Pither, Director of Music,
University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2781, email firstname.lastname@example.org
A more detailed biography of Dame Felicity Lott is available on website: www.felicitylott.de/biography.html
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