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Versatile and technically assured American soprano with a huge international reputation, who reigns as undisputed queen of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Along with her sterling professionalism and acting skills, she has a gorgeously even and creamy voice that excels in late romantic music, but she can also sing show tunes and (as her latest album Dark Hope demonstrates) soft rock. Some critics find her interpretations bland and her style smoochy, but it’s hard to think of anyone who delivers the goods so consistently, looks great in Valentino and Versace on the concert platform and has had a dessert and a scent named after her. A regular at Covent Garden, she will sing at this year’s Last Night of the Proms.
This attractive and highly intelligent Swedish soprano carries the torch for the long Scandinavian tradition of Wagner singing and her interpretation of the role of Isolde is universally considered to rank among the very greatest in history. Pacing her career carefully and balancing its demands with bringing up a family in Stockholm, she will be undertaking the even more demanding role of Brünnhilde in The Ring cycle for the first time in San Francisco this autumn. Also ranks as an accomplished and stylish singer of Verdi’s more dramatic operas. She will be singing Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Covent Garden in 2011.
An enchantingly quirky and individual French soprano with a tiny physical frame, light, small voice and outsize personality. Recently sang the comic role of Marie in La Fille du Régiment at Covent Garden to wild acclaim, and is also celebrated for her portrayal of tragic operatic heroines such as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Ophélie in Thomas’s Hamlet.
Despite an injury to her vocal cords, her flexibility and prowess above the stave remains impressive. Next season in Paris she undertakes Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, a debut which should show off her talents to perfection. London hears her next as Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Barbican in April .
A phenomenal singer with an idiosyncratic technique, born in Rome to opera-singer parents. Started her career as a mezzo-soprano but has now pushed into high soprano territory, with often controversial results. Focuses her repertory largely on Italian music of the pre-Verdi era, and makes few operatic appearances outside Zurich, where she lives.
Hugely successful on record (she has been exclusively contracted to Decca for two decades) and in concert, she is rumoured to be the most highly paid classical artist in the world today. Love her or hate her – and some find her mannerisms infuriating – there’s no denying her star quality or musical integrity. Her fans keenly await her first attempt at the supremely testing title role in Bellini’s Norma in Germany this summer.
One of today’s most impressive examples of a true singing actress, whose performances are as remarkable for dramatic subtlety as for vocal prowess. Born in the Netherlands, she began her career as a singing waitress in an Amsterdam restaurant but soon won herself a huge reputation singing a largely German repertory in European opera houses.
A favourite at Covent Garden since her stunningly powerful performances as Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, she returns here in the 2010-2011 season to sing two major roles – the saintly Elisabeth in Tannhaüser and the less than saintly Anna Nicole Smith in the premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Anna Nicole.»