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Nancy Argenta



Biography

With a repertoire spanning three centuries, Nancy Argenta has been hailed not only as the supreme Handel soprano of our age but also praised for her performances of works by composers as diverse as Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg. Her ability to adapt from large scale orchestral works to chamber music and recitals has earned her great recognition and respect within the world of music.

Conductors include Ozawa, Gardiner, Davis, Blomstedt, Pinnock, Hogwood and Norrington with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Toronto, Montreal and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. In opera, concert and recital she has appeared at many leading festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart and the BBC Proms. Her discography of over 50 recordings includes Bach's St John Passion , B Minor Mass , Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio with Gardiner, Purcell's King Arthur and Haydn Masses with Pinnock and Hickox, Mozart's Requiem , Magic Flute and Don Giovanni with Norrington. As an EMI/Virgin Solo Artist she has recorded Schubert Lieder, Scarlatti Cantatas and two discs of Bach Solo Cantatas as well as two of Purcell songs, the first of which, O Solitude , was honoured with a Classic CD Award. Recent CD releases include Handel's Saul with Paul McCreesh (Archiv) and Handel's Resurrezione with the Combattimento Consort.

As a devotee of the song repertoire of all periods, Nancy Argenta tours widely as a recitalist, presenting songs with their "original" keyboard accompaniment of harpsichord, fortepiano or modern piano. Recent recital locations with Maggie Cole, heyboards, include The Netherlands, Hungary, Israel, Canada and Spain.

Upcoming concerts include performances with Musiqua Antiqua Koeln (USA tour), Halle Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, and the National Symphony (Washington D.C.).

September 2003
Nancy Argenta