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Elisabeth Harwood (Soprano)

Born: May 27, 1938 - Barton Seagrave, near Kettering, England
Died: June 21, 1990 - Ingatestone, England

The English soprano, Elisabeth (Jean) Harwood, studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1955 to 1960. In 1960 she won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Prize and in 1963 the Verdi Prize of Busseto.

Elisabeth Harwood made her operatic debut in 1960 as the 2nd boy in Die Zauberflöte at the Glyndebourne Festival, and returned there to sing Fiordiligi, Countess Almaviva, and the Marchallin. In 1961 she became a member od the Sadlerís Wells Opera in London, where she appeared as Susanna, Zerninetta, and Massenetís Manon. In 1967 she made her first appearance at Londonís Covent Garden as Fiakermilli, and returned there to sing such roles as Marzelline, Gilda, Norina and Donna Elvira. From 1967 to 1974 she also sang at Glasgowís Scottish Opera. In 1970 she sang for the first time at the Salzburg Festival and in 1972 at Milanís La Scala. In October 1975 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York as Fiordiligi, remaining on the roster for that season. She returned for the 1977-1978 season. In 1986 she made at tour of Australia. Among her other roles were Constanze, Lucia, Musetta, Sophie, and Hanna Glawari.



Source: Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); RNCM Website [Photos, © J. Royle]
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Aryeh Oron (August 2001)

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BWV 245 [sung in English]

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Elisabeth Harwood (RNCM)
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Elisabeth Harwood (Wikipdia) [German]

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