Dame Felicity Lott - soprano

The Englishsoprano Dame Felicity Lott, universally known as "Flott" was born inCheltenham on May 8th 1947. Music was an important part of her life fromher early years. Felicity Lott started learning the piano aged five,learned to play the violin and had her first singing lesson at the ageof twelve. Yet she decided against a professional singing career atfirst. At Royal Holloway College, London University, she readFrench and Latin to become an interpreter. During a stay in FranceFelicity Lott continued to take singing lessons at the Conservatoireof Grenoble. Finally in 1969, the love of music gained the victory-she returned to London to take up her singing studies at the RoyalAcademy of Music and left in 1973, after obtaining her LRAM andwinning the Principal`s Prize.

In 1975 DameFelicity made her debut at the English National Opera as Paminain Mozart's Magic Flute, in 1976 she took part in  the firstperformance of Henze's opera We Come To The River at the RoyalOpera House Covent Garden. In that year also began her longrelationship with Glyndebourne: after rejecting her for the Chorus threetimes, they offered her the role of the Countess in Capriccio onthe Tour, and in 1977 she appeared at the Festival for the first time,as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Since then,Felicity Lott has appeared at all the great opera houses of the world -to name but a few: Vienna, Milan, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg,Dresden, Berlin, New York and Chicago. Her many roles include theMarschallin  (Rosenkavalier / Strauss), Countess Madeleine (Capriccio Strauss), Arabella (Strauss), Christine (Intermezzo /Strauss) Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze Di Figaro / Mozart),Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte / Mozart), Donna Elvira (DonGiovanni / Mozart), Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes / Britten),The Governess (The Turn Of The Screw / Britten), LadyBillows (Albert Herring / Britten), Louise (Charpentier),Blanche (Les Dialogues des Carmelites / Poulenc) and Elle (LaVoix Humaine / Poulenc).

Recently, Dame Felicity has shown more and more affection for operetta.In 1993 she sang the title role in Lehar's Merry Widow withGlyndebourne Festival Opera on a recording for EMI, but she had sung therole on stage in Nancy and Paris in the 1980's. In 1999 she appeared asRosalinde in Johann Strauss' Fledermaus in Chicago and herperformance as Hélène in Offenbach's La Belle Hélène at theChatelet in Paris was a great success in 2000 and 2003.

As a concertartist, too, Felicity Lott has built up a great internationalreputation. She has worked with nearly all major orchestras andfestivals under such conductors as Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, BernardHaitink, James Levine, Andre Previn, Neeme Järvi, Klaus Tennstedt,Andrew Davis, Kurt Masur, Franz Welser-Möst and many more. Herrepertoire includes  works by Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mahler, Brahms, Elgarand Walton.