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Elly Ameling (Soprano)

Born: February 8, 1933 - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The outstanding Dutch soprano, Elly Ameling (actually Elisabeth Sara), studied Rotterdam and The Hague with Bodi Rapp. She completed her training with Pierre Bernac in Paris. In 1956 she won the first prize in the vocal competition in s’Hertogenbosch, but her career really started to take off after she won first prize at the ‘Concours International de Musique’ in Geneva in 1958. Many other first prizes followed.

Elly Ameling made her formal recital debut in Amsterdam in 1961. Subsequent appearances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra secured her reputation. Since then, concert tours led her regularly throughout the world. She has performed with most major symphony orchestras, and conductors such as Ernest Ansermet, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Rafael Kubelík, Wolfgang Sawallisch, André Previn, and Seiji Ozawa. She is a regular guest at the major festivals (Holland Festival, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood, Flanders Festival, etc.) She also regularly receives invitations to give master classes.

Elly Ameling's repertoire (lied as well as works with orchestra) ranges from Monteverdi and J.S. Bach through W.A. Mozart, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Wolf, and Debussy to composers of the 20th century, such as Benjamin Britten, Menotti, Francis Poulenc, and Gershwin. More than 150 LP’s and CD’s document this extended repertoire. Many of them have been awarded the Edison Prize (4 x), the ‘Grand Prix du Disque’, the ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’, etc.

Elly Ameling has been granted three honorary degrees in the USA and Canada.


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Source: Liner notes to Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77151-2-RG (Cantatas BWV 202, BWV 209, BWV 211 & BWV 212, performed by Collegium Aureum, 1990); Mrs. Diny Tecker-Kropman (April 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001, April 2004); Matthias Hansen (Photo, November 2007)

Elly Ameling: Short Biography | Recordings under her name | General Discussions

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ernest Ansermet


BWV 130; Duet from BWV 101

Collegium Aureum


BWV 106, BWV 202, BWV 209, BWV 211, BWV 212

Wolfgang Gönnenwein


BWV 79, BWV 80, BWV 140, BWV 149, BWV 245

Benard Haitink


BWV 51

Eugen Jochum


BWV 202, BWV 244 [3rd], BWV 248

Philip Ledger


BWV 248

Gustav Leonhardt


BWV 82 (recitative & aria), BWV 508, 513, 515a, 518

Raymond Leppard


BWV 52, BWV 80, BWV 84, BWV 140, BWV 209

Neville Marriner


BWV 202, BWV 209

Kenneth Montgomery


BWV 84

Karl Münchinger


BWV 10, BWV 232, BWV 243 [2nd], BWV 244, BWV 245, BWV 248, BWV 249

Johannes Somary


BWV 244

Paul Steinitz


Selections from BWV 244

David Willcocks


BWV 147

Helmut Winschermann


BWV 32, BWV 51, BWV 57, BWV 199, BWV 236

Links to other Sites

Elly Ameling (Lotte Lehmann Foundation)
Elly Ameling, soprano (Hunstein Artists)
Elly Ameling - soprano (Hyperion)

Decca Music Group: Elly Ameling
Dutch Divas: Elly Ameling, soprano
An Elly Ameling Discography: Holdings in the Douglass Listening

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