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Nancy Argenta (Soprano)

Born: January 17, 1957 - Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

The Canadian soprano, Nancy Argenta (real name: Herbison), was born and raised in Canada, but moved to England in 1982. She spent her early years in the settlement of Argenta, from which she later took her professional name. She was a student of Jacob Hann in Vancouver and of Martin Chambers at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1980. The same year she won 1st prize in the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramastté Competition. After further training with Jacqueline Richard in Düsseldorf from 1980 to 1981, she settled in London and completed her studies. Among her teachers there were Sir Peter Pears, Gérard Souzay and Vera Rosza with whom she works occasionally even today.

In 1983 Nancy Argenta attracted critical attention as La Chasseuresse in Rameauí Hyppolyte at Aricie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Since making her professional debut in 1983 she has established a reputation as one of the foremost sopranos of her generation. She is generally regarded as "the supreme Handel soprano of our age". However, this probably fails to show her wide range of repertoire, as she is also a renowned interpreter of J.S. Bach, Purcell, Mozart, Schubert and even Arnold Schoenberg. Her repertoire stretches from the 17th century to the present and comprises songs as well as oratorio and opera.

Nancy Argenta works with several of the great English conductors and orchestras, but is also interested in working with fewer musicians. This is why she regularly performs with some of London's most famous chamber music ensembles. She goes on concert tours with all of these partners, but also with recital evenings and can be heard at many of the international festivals, e.g. at Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Bath, Berlin, Göttingen, New York, and Vienna, and, of course, she often performs in the various concert halls in London. She has worked with the most of the leading Early Music conductors on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nancy Argenta has recorded widely, winning prizes and critical acclaim not only for her Baroque interpretation, but also for a disc of Schubertís Lieder.


Source: Liner notes BIS CD-841 (Cantatas 5, conducted by Suzuki, 1997); 24 Hours Bach Website; Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Diego Fasolis

Soprano

BWV 106, BWV 198, BWV 205, BWV 1083

John Eliot Gardiner

Soprano

BWV 11 [1st], BWV 36, BWV 37 [1st], BWV 43 [1st], BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 106 [1st], BWV 198
BWV 232, BWV 243, BWV 245 [1st], BWV 248

Paul Goodwin

Soprano

BWV 244

Richard Hickox

Soprano

BWV 232

Monica Huggett

Soprano

BWV 51, BWV 82a, BWV 84, BWV 199, BWV 202, BWV 209 (w/ Ensemble Sonnerie)

Sigiswald Kuijken

Soprano

BWV 49, BWV 58

Kenneth Montgomery

Soprano

R. Keiser: Brockes-Passion

Dwight Oltman

Soprano

BWV 51 [2nd], BWV 130 [2nd], BWV 244 [8th]

Purcell Quartet

Soprano

BWV 233, BWV 236

David Shallon

Soprano

BWV 232

Masaaki Suzuki

Soprano

BWV 244

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24 Hours Bach: Nancy Argenta

 

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