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“…Nance Grant was the owner of one of the more important voices of the 20th century. … beautiful, soaring lines in the…
Das Opernglas (Germany)
Nance Grant was recently awarded an AM for her services to Music in Australia. A great soprano and colleague she often performed with the Victoria State Opera. This new tribute recording from Melba Recordings ( I have blatantly lifted the content below from their site ), The Art of Nance Grant provide us with a glimpse not only of her remarkable talent but also we get to hear excerpts of two of her roles with the VSO,; Elettra, Idomeneo 1982 and Elizabeth, Maria Stuarda 1976. Later she was to have a major triumph singing a frightening Ortrud in the VSO, August Everding production of Lohengrin in 1985.
Her full biography is below. Truly one of Australia’s greatest singers.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Idomeneo, re di Creta
1 ‘Estinto è Idomeneo’* ‘You’re lost now, Idomeneo’ Elettra Preview
2 ‘Idol mio, se ritroso altra amante a me ti rende’* Preview
‘Wayward lover now returning from another to my side’ Elettra
Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (Orchestra Victoria) / Richard Divall (1982)
The 1982 production at the Princess Theatre with Anthony Roden

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
Maria Stuarda
4 ‘Sì, vuol di Francia il Rege col mio core l’Anglo trono’* Preview
‘Yes, but the French prince is seeking both my heart and my Kingdom…’ Elizabeth

The 1976 production with June Bronhill: Elizabeth 1::Nance Grant Mary Stuart::June Bronhill Earl of Leicester::David Parker Lord Talbot::John Bolton-Wood Lord Cecil::Barry Clark Ann Kennedy::Janet Dawson: Victorian State Opera Melbourne July 24, 1976 Conductor::Richard Divall

Pantheon Archive Recording available from Melba Recordings

Order for delivery by post$25.00 Buy

Composer(s): Edward Grieg, Richard Hageman, Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gaetano Donizetti, Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn
Catalogue Number: MR301135-6
“…Nance Grant was the owner of one of the more important voices of the 20th century. … beautiful, soaring lines in the music of Strauss” Das Opernglas (Germany)
“Distinctive vocal qualities of a very high order.” Musicweb International (UK)
“opulent timbre…a luminous top in a perfect blend of registers…More please!” Forum Opéra (France)
“Her Ariadne is magnificent—this is regal singing that soars through Strauss’s vocal demands with ease.” Fanfare (US)
“…an amazing tribute to the great Australian voice hardly heard beyond its shores…A vocal treat!” Otago Daily Times (NZ)

Genuinely, acclaimed and cherished as one of Australia’s finest operatic artists

This 2-CD set is the long overdue presentation of soprano Nance Grant.

CD 1: Nance Grant and Geoffrey Parsons perform Grieg, Hageman and R. Strauss
CD 2: Nance Grant sings opera, oratorio and Lieder

The Art of Nance Grant

CD 1: Nance Grant and Geoffrey Parsons in recital

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
1 I Love Thee (Melodies of the Heart Op. 5 No. 3) Hans Christian Andersen Preview
2 With a Waterlily Op. 25 No. 4 Henrik Ibsen Preview
3 Two Brown Eyes (Melodies of the Heart Op. 5 No. 4) Hans Christian Andersen Preview
4 Solveig’s Song (Peer Gynt Op. 23) Henrik Ibsen Preview
5 A Dream Op. 48 No. 6 Friedrich von Bodenstedt Preview

Richard Hageman (1881–1966)
6 Charity Emily Dickinson Preview
7 Music I Heard With You Conrad Aiken Preview
8 At the Well Rabindranath Tagore Preview
9 Do Not Go, My Love Rabindranath Tagore Preview
10 Miranda Hilaire Belloc Preview

Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
11 Ich Schwebe Op. 48 No. 2 Karl Henkell Preview
12 Meinem Kinde Op. 37 No. 3 Gustav Falke Preview
13 Die Nacht (Acht Gedichte Op. 10 No. 3) Hermann von Gilm Preview
14 Die Georgine (Acht Gedichte Op. 10 No. 4) Hermann von Gilm Preview
15 Wie Sollten geheim sie Halten? Op. 19 No. 4 Adolf Friedrich von Schack Preview
16 Glückes genug Op. 37 No. 1 Detlev von Liliencron Preview
17 Schön sind, doch kalt Op. 19 No. 3 Adolf Friedrich von Schack Preview
18 Waldseligkeit Op. 49 No. 1 Richard Dehmel Preview
19 Wiegenlied Op. 41 No. 1 Richard Dehme Preview

CD 2: Nance Grant sings opera, oratio and Lieder

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Idomeneo, re di Creta
1 ‘Estinto è Idomeneo’* ‘You’re lost now, Idomeneo’ Elettra Preview
2 ‘Idol mio, se ritroso altra amante a me ti rende’* Preview
‘Wayward lover now returning from another to my side’ Elettra
Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (Orchestra Victoria) / Richard Divall (1982) Preview

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Fidelio
3 ‘Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern’* Preview
‘Come, let not thy last great star’ Leonore

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
Maria Stuarda
4 ‘Sì, vuol di Francia il Rege col mio core l’Anglo trono’* Preview
‘Yes, but the French prince is seeking both my heart and my Kingdom…’ Elizabeth

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Tannhäuser
5 ‘Dich, teure Halle’ Elisabeth Preview
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra / Edward Downes (1974)

Die Walküre
6 ‘Der Männer Sippe’ Sieglinde with Jon Weaving, Siegmund Preview
7 ‘Du bist der Lenz’ Sieglinde Preview

Richard Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos
8 ‘Ein Schönes war’* ‘A Wonder Was’ Ariadne Preview
9 ‘Es gibt ein Reich’* ‘There is a Land’ Ariadne Preview
Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra / Edward Downes (1975)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Elijah
10 ‘Hear Ye, Israel’ Preview
Sydney Philharmonia Choir and Orchestra / Peter Seymour (24 November 1979)

Richard Wagner
Wesendonck-Lieder
11 Der Engel Preview
12 Stehe still! Preview
13 Im Treibhaus Preview
14 Schmerzen Preview
15 Träume Preview
(11-14: orch. Mottl; 15: orch. Wagner)
West Australian Symphony Orchestra / Dalia Atlas (ABC Perth, 11–12 September 1981)

For more information and to purchase: http://www.melbarecordings.com.au/catalogue/album/art-nance-grant

Nance Grant AM MBE

After winning the Mobil Quest (1957) and the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition (1960) Nance Grant sang throughout Australia in concerts for the ABC. In 1975 she received the Bayreuth Opera Award, an Opera Foundation scholarship to study with Professor Clemens Kaiser-Breme in Germany.

Major engagements early in her career included her debut with the Australian Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in 1972, and the official opening of the Sydney Opera House the following year.

She has performed many of the major lyric-spinto roles including: Amelia (Un ballo in maschera); Leonora (Fidelio); Donna Anna (Don Giovanni); Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos); Suor Angelica; Elisabeth (Tannhäuser); Senta (Der fliegende Holländer); The Countess (Le nozze di Figaro); Alice Ford (Falstaff); Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda); Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia); Elettra (Idomeneo); and Ortrud (Lohengrin).

In 1977, she sang the role of Lady Billows in Albert Herring at the Royal Gala given for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at the Sydney Opera House – her third Royal Command Performance, the others being at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (1963) and the opening of the Sydney Opera House (1973).

In 1981, she sang the roles of Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) in concert performances conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. The following year, she sang the role of Donna Anna in the world premiere of Peter Sculthorpe’s Quiros, and the role of Elettra in Idomeneo for the Victorian State Opera, with whom she later sang Ortrud in Lohengrin. Her ABC Television Opera roles include Lia (L’Enfant Prodigue), Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) Marina (School for Fathers) and Madame Lidoine (The Dialogue of the Carmelites).

Nance Grant gave her final concert performance in 1991 in the Melbourne Concert Hall, accompanied by the Melbourne Pops Orchestra.

Conductors she has worked with include: Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Edward Downes, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Bonynge, Richard Divall and Georges Tzipine.

She taught singing at the Victorian College of the Arts with Dame Joan Hammond, was a Director of the Melba Conservatorium of Music for many years, a director of Opera Foundation Victoria, and Chairman of the Music Board of the Australian International Opera Awards. In 1976, she was awarded an MBE for her services to music.

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