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Kathleen Ferrier (1912–1953) started singing professionally late; she was thirty when she did her first performance as a soloist (in Händel’s ‘Messiah’). She only performed in two operas, Britten’s ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ (1946) and Gluck’s ‘Orfeo ed Eudridice’ (1947). Her rising star as a highly characteristic alto was cut short when she died at only 41; from breast cancer. Luckily, she managed to do many recordings…

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  • The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Kathleen Ferrier into the Class of 1984. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame.
  • The best always die first !
  • Wonderful voice. Happy 100th Kath, RIP
  • she is the most amazing singer of all times- for me! ; )
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