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Trio & Finale - Le Comte Ory. Alexander Young, Elizabeth Harwood, Patricia Kern. Sadlers Wells 1963

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Trio and Finale from Le Comte Ory. Live recording (in English) from Sadlers Wells 1963. Count Ory - Alexander Young Countess Adèle -Elizabeth Harwood Isolier - Patricia Kern Conducted by Bryan Balkwill This recording shows what a golden era Sadlers Wells enjoyed in the 50's and 60's! Interesting to consider that the Metropolitan Opera in New York only staged this opera for the first time in 2011!! You can read more about Alexander Young in my other videos that I have posted. Elizabeth Harwood (27 May 1938 -- 21 June 1990) was an English lyric soprano. After studies at the Royal Manchester College of Music she enjoyed an operatic career lasting for over two decades and worked with such conductors as Colin Davis and Herbert von Karajan. She was one of the few English singers of her generation to be invited to sing in productions at the Salzburg Festival and La Scala, Milan, as well as at the Metropolitan Opera. After early performances at Glyndebourne and five years at Sadler's Wells Opera Company in the 1960s, Harwood sang at Covent Garden and Scottish Opera before building an international reputation in the 1970s. Her life and career was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of 52. Patricia Kern (born July 4, 1927) is a British mezzo-soprano and voice teacher. She was born in Swansea, Wales. From 1949 to 1952 she studied with Gwynn Parry Jones at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She began her career with Opera for All (1952--5). In 1959 she joined Sadler's Wells, making her début in Rusalka (opera); for ten seasons she was a member of the company, her most notable achievement being her interpretations of La Cenerentola, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Isolier (Le comte Ory) and Isabella (L'italiana in Algeri). Her other roles included Iolanthe, Hänsel, Cherubino, Pippo (in Rossini's La gazza ladra), and Josephine in the première of Malcolm Williamson's The Violins of St Jacques (1966). She made her Covent Garden début in 1967 as Zerlina. Her American début was at Washington, DC, in 1969 and in 1987 she sang Marcellina in Chicago.