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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Mon May 13 2013

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was born in San Francisco, on 1 March 1954.  She grew up in a very musical household, with both her parents being music teachers and heavily involved in opera. With a keen interest in music herself, she soon learnt to play the viola and as she got older, worked her way up to become the principal viola player for the San Jose Symphony.  In her youth she had sung in performances such as Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hänsel and Gretel, but it was not until studying at the Boston Conservatory of Music, that she started to seriously consider singing as a career option.

Her operatic debut came in 1985, when she appeared in Peter Sellars’ production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.  Although starting as a soprano, she gradually moved towards the mezzo-soprano range and became famous for her ability to add drama and power to any performance.  Lorraine met the composer Peter Lieberson, while rehearsing in his opera Ashoka’s Dream in 1997, two years later they were married.  They worked very closely together, with Peter composing music for her, including Rilke Songs and Neruda Songs.  She was a singer famed for her commitment to performing rarely heard music from the Baroque-era and someone the OAE worked with regularly, most notably at Glyndebourne and on recordings.

Lorraine passed away at the age of 52, on July 3, 2006, after a long battle with breast cancer.  Her husband Peter fell ill with cancer the following year and passed away in April of 2011.

On 3 June, we dedicate the final instalment of our Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers series, to Lorraine’s memory.

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