Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier

KATHLEEN FERRIER d1953. English contralto who achieved an international reputation as a stage, concert and recording artist. Her repertoire extending from folksong and popular ballads to the classical works of Bach / Brahms / Mahler and Elgar. She made her stage debut in 1946 at The Glyndebourne Festival for the premiere of Benjamin Brittens opera "The Rape of Lucretia". A year later she made her first appearance as Orfeo in Glucks "Orfeo Ed Euridice", a work with which she became particularly associated ; by her own choice, these were her only two operatic roles. As her reputation grew, she formed close working relationships with major musical figures, including Britten / Barbirolli / Walter and Gerald Moore. She became known internationally through her three tours to the United States between 1948 and 1950 and her many visits to continental Europe. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 1951 ; in between periods of hospitalisation and convalescence, she continued to perform and record. Her final public appearance was as Orfeo at the Royal Opera House in February 1953. Her death from cancer aged just 41, at the height of her fame was a shock to the musical world and particularly to the general public, who had been kept in ignorance of the full nature of her illness until after her death. Among her many memorials, the Kathleen Ferrier Cancer Research Fund was launched in May 1954 and the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship Fund administered by the RPS, has since 1956 made annual awards to aspiring young professional singers....

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Kathleen Ferrier

Reference Number. 11852


An original vintage circa 1940s autograph book page, clearly signed in ink by Kathleen Ferrier

Double mounted for fine display with photograph

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