Tatiana Troyanos

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Tatiana Troyanos (September 12, 1938 – August 21, 1993) was an American mezzo-soprano of Greek and German descent, remembered as "one of the defining singers of her generation" (Boston Globe). Her voice, "a paradoxical voice—larger than life yet intensely human, brilliant yet warm, lyric yet dramatic"—"was the kind you recognize after one bar, and never forget," wrote Cori Ellison in Opera News. Troyanos led a distinguished international career and made a variety of admired operatic recordings, and beginning in 1976 was additionally known for her work with the Metropolitan Opera, with over 270 performances spanning twenty-two major roles. "She was extraordinarily intense, beautiful, and stylish in roles as diverse as Eboli, Santuzza, Geschwitz, Venus, Kundry, Jocasta, Carmen, and Giulietta, in addition to her great 'trouser' roles," said the Met's longtime Music Director, James Levine.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Carmen (1975 studio cast) Bizet; Troyanos, Domingo, van Dam, Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Sir Georg Solti 5 4
1988 Così fan tutte (1967 recording in London) Mozart; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf, Leontyne Price, Tatiana Troyanos, Judith Raskin, Sherrill Milnes, George Shirley, Ezio Flagello 1
1989 Symphony no. 9 ‘Choral’ Beethoven; Jones, Troyanos, Thomas, Ridderbusch, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm 4 2
1991 Dido & Aeneas Purcell; Troyanos, Palmer, Stilwell, English Chamber Choir & Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1994 Capriccio Richard Strauss; Gundula Janowitz, Tatiana Troyanos, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Karl Ridderbusch, Hermann Prey, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Karl Böhm 1

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