Felicity Lott

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Dame Felicity Ann Emwhyla Lott, DBE, FRAM, FRCM[1][2] (born 8 May 1947[3]) is an English soprano.

Felicity Lott

Felicity Ann Emwhyla Lott

(1947-05-08) 8 May 1947 (age 73)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Spouse(s)Gabriel Woolf
ChildrenEmily (b. 1984)


Lott was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. From her earliest years she was musical, having started studying piano at age 5. She also played violin and began singing lessons at 12. She is an alumna of Royal Holloway, University of London, obtaining a BA in French and Latin in 1969.[4] During her year in France as part of her four-year degree course, from 1967–68 she took singing lessons at the conservatory in Grenoble. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Principal's Prize.


She made her debut in 1975 as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute at the English National Opera.[4] In 1976 she appeared in the premiere of Henze's We Come to the River at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden[1] and began a long relationship with the Glyndebourne Festival. In 1977, she recorded for Emi records Ltd, with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Philip Ledger, the famous Charpentier's Te Deum H.146.

She has been associated with the works of Richard Strauss including various lieder, the Four Last Songs and the roles of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and the Countess in Capriccio. She has also appeared in operettas, singing the title role in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow at Glyndebourne, as well as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and the title roles in Offenbach's La belle Hélène and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein.[citation needed]

She has a special love for French "mélodies", German "Lieder" and the English song repertoire, particularly the songs of Benjamin Britten. She is a founding member of Songmakers' Almanac. Her accompanist since her student days has been Graham Johnson, and they have given a great number of recitals together.[5] She also has performed duet recitals with mezzo-soprano Ann Murray, baritone Thomas Allen and Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. She is also featured as a soloist in a recording of the Mozart Requiem in D Minor with the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. For Hyperion Records, Lott has recorded many songs, by Chabrier, Fauré, Gounod, Hahn, Poulenc, and Schubert, often with Graham Johnson, and for Chandos Records, songs by Richard Strauss and Wolf, among others.

Lott is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians[6][failed verification] as well as Patron of the Southwell Music Festival.[7]

Honours and awardsEdit

Felicity Lott has received many honorary doctorates, including the Universities of Oxford, London, Leicester, Sussex, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow and the Sorbonne in Paris.[8] She has been elected to the French Legion of Honor and made a DBE in 1996. She sang at the wedding of Prince Andrew in 1986. In 2003 Dame Felicity was awarded the title of Bayerische Kammersängerin. She is Vice-President of British Youth Opera and The Bach Choir.[9]

In autumn 2009 it was announced that she had been appointed a Visiting Professor by Royal Holloway[10] having previously been appointed an Honorary Fellow of the college.[11]

On 9 February 2010, she was presented with The Wigmore Hall Medal by the Duke of Kent KG, at the launch of the hall's 110th anniversary programme. The medal was introduced in 2006 and is awarded to internationally important artistic figures in recognition of their significant contribution to Wigmore Hall. The two previous recipients are Matthias Goerne and András Schiff. The citation praised her "unique contribution to Wigmore Hall and to the advancement of the song recital as a concert-going experience throughout the world." It was 35 years since she first performed there in 1975.[12]

She is a Patron of the British Voice Association[13] and has been a Patron of Bampton Classical Opera.


She is married to the actor Gabriel Woolf; they have a daughter, Emily (b. 1984).


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Royal Academy of Music website, accessed 20 January 2013".
  2. ^ Paul Need Kate Flowers. "Dame Felicity Lott". Co-opera-co.org. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Birthdays today". The Telegraph. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014. Dame Felicity Lott, soprano, 66
  4. ^ a b Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). "Dame Felicity Lott". RHUL. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ See for example the image of the programme of her first recital at Wigmore Hall on this page
  6. ^ "Homepage". Incorporated Society of Musicians.
  7. ^ "Dame Felicity Lott DBE". Southwell Music Festival. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Felicity Lott - Biography". www.felicitylott.de. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  9. ^ "About The Bach Choir". The Bach Choir. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  10. ^ Royal Holloway, London (November 2009). "Higher" (Alumni Magazine). Egham, Surrey: Royal Holloway College Alumni Association.
  11. ^ "Honorary Fellows and Graduates". Royal Holloway, University of London. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  12. ^ "News | Wigmore Hall: Classical Chamber Music & Song Concerts ::". Wigmore Hall. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  13. ^ David Siddall Multimedia on behalf of The British Voice Association – v4 June 2009. "The Voice for Voice". British Voice Association. Retrieved 3 November 2011.

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