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. In her prime she was the only real rival to Joan Sutherland as the leading bel canto stylist.

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 Chairman 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Excerpts Massenet's Manon Massenet; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Gerard Souzay, Gabriel Bacquier, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel 5 1
1972 La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Rolando Panerai, The John Alldis Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 5 3
1975 Music of Victor Herbert Victor Herbert; Beverly Sills, André Kostelanetz, London Symphony Orchestra 5 1
1976 Plaisir d'amour Beverly Sills, André Kostelanetz 3
1985 Beverly Sills Sings Mozart & Strauss Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss; Beverly Sills, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 5 1
1985 Welcome to Vienna Beverly Sills, Julius Rudel, London Philharmonic Orchestra 5 1
1995 Thaïs Jules Massenet; Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 5 1
2001 Maria Stuarda Gaetano Donizetti, Beverly Sills, Eileen Farrell, Stuart Burrows, Louis Quilico, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Art of Beverly Sills Beverly Sills 5 1
2004 The Great Recordings Beverly Sills 5 1
2006 Beverly Sills and Friends Beverly Sills 5 1

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