Beverly Sills

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Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s.

Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature roles include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Massenet's Manon, Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment, the three heroines in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, and most notably Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux.

After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the chairwoman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 The Ballad of Baby Doe Douglas Stuart Moore; Beverly Sills, Walter Cassel, Frances Bible, New York City Opera Chorus, New York City Opera Orchestra, Emerson Buckley 5 5
1968 Bellini and Donizetti Heroines Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini; Beverly Sills, Orchester der Wiener Volksoper, Vienna Academy Chorus, Jussi Jalas 5 5
1969 Roberto Devereux (Elizabeth and Essex) Gaetano Donizetti; Beverly Sills, Robert Ilosfalvy, Peter Glossop, Beverly Wolff, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras 5 6
1969 Scenes and Arias from French Opera Beverly Sills 5 5
1971 Lucia Di Lammermoor Gaetano Donizetti; Beverly Sills, Carlo Bergonzi, Piero Cappuccilli, Justino Díaz, London Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Schippers 5 5
1971 Manon Massenet; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Gerard Souzay, Gabriel Bacquier, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel 5 7
1971 Maria Stuarda Gaetano Donizetti, Beverly Sills, Eileen Farrell, Stuart Burrows, Louis Quilico, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 5 5
1972 La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Rolando Panerai, The John Alldis Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 5 3
1972 Welcome to Vienna Beverly Sills, Julius Rudel, London Philharmonic Orchestra 5 5
1973 Anna Bolena Gaetano Donizetti; Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, Stuart Burrows, Paul Plishka, The John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel 5 3
1974 Norma Vincenzo Bellini; Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Paul Plishka, The John Alldis Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine 5 3
1975 Il barbieri di Siviglia Gioachino Rossini, Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, Renato Capecchi, Fedora Barbieri, Ruggero Raimondi, The John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine 5 8
1975 Music of Victor Herbert Victor Herbert; Beverly Sills, André Kostelanetz, London Symphony Orchestra 5 1
1976 Plaisir d'amour Beverly Sills, André Kostelanetz 5 3
1978 Don Pasquale Gaetano Donizetti; Beverly Sills, Donald Gramm, Alfredo Kraus, Alan Titus, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Caldwell 5 3
1978 Louise Gustave Charpentier; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Mignon Dunn, José van Dam, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris, Chœurs du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Julius Rudel 3 2
1978 Up in Central Park Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, New York City Opera Orchestra, Julius Rudel 5 2
1985 Beverly Sills Sings Mozart & Strauss Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss; Beverly Sills, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 5 1
1995 Thaïs Jules Massenet; Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 5 2
1996 Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi; Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Alfredo Kraus, Mignon Dunn, Samuel Ramey, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Beverly Sills Sings Verdi Giuseppe Verdi; Beverly Sills 5 2
1986 The Art of Beverly Sills Beverly Sills 5 1
1990 The Art of Beverly Sills Beverly Sills 2
2004 The Great Recordings Beverly Sills 5 1
2006 Beverly Sills and Friends Beverly Sills 5 1
Sillsiana Beverly Sills 1

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