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Heather Harper

voc, ss, *1930 GB, Belfast
Musician of Classical

Heather Harper CBE (born 8 May 1930) is a Northern Ireland-born British operatic soprano.She was born in Belfast, where she received her early musical training. She studied piano at the Trinity College of Music in London, with voice as a second subject. She was initially a Mezzo-Soprano, and sang as such in the Ambrosian Chorus; her fellow altos included Jean Allister, Pamela Bowden, and Helen Watts. She also sang in the BBC Chorus, before retraining as a soprano.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Soprano sax
Genres
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": IV. Presto - Allegro assai on This is Beethoven by Ludwig van Beethoven & Various Artists
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Accende lumen sensibus" on Mahler: Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singverein, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti
The Creation H XXI:2 (1988 Digital Remaster), Part I: The heavens are telling (chorus with trio) on Haydn: The Creation . Missa in tempore belli by Franz Joseph Haydn, Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Sir David Willcocks
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Alles Vergängliche" on Mahler: Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singverein, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti
Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123: IV. Sanctus on Life of Beethoven by Ludwig van Beethoven & Various Artists
Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123: V. Agnus Dei on Life of Beethoven by Ludwig van Beethoven & Various Artists
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Imple superna gratia" on Mahler: Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singverein, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Gloria sit Patri Domino" on Mahler: Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singverein, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus": "Infirma nostri corporis" on Mahler: Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Arleen Auger, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singverein, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti
Le Nozze di Figaro K492 (1990 Digital Remaster), ACT 2: Porgi, amor (Contessa) on 100 Best Opera Classics by Various Artists

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Symphony No. 8 / Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)Gustav Mahler, Ileana Cotrubas, Heather Harper, Birgit Finnilä, Hanneke van Bork, William Cochran, Hermann Prey, Hans Sotin, Marianne Dieleman2016Album
Missa SolemnisLudwig van Beethoven - Heather Harper, Julia Hamari, Sven-Olof Eliasson, Peter Meven, Kölner Rundfunkchor, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, William Steinberg2012Album
Doktor FaustFerruccio Busoni, Sir Adrian Boult, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Richard Lewis, Ian Wallace, Heather Harper, John Cameron, The London Philharmonic Orchestra And The London Philharmonic Choir2011Album
'Great' Mass In C Minor • Ave Verum CorpusWolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Stafford Dean • Heather Harper • Helen Donath • Ryland Davies, London Symphony Chorus, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis2004Compil.
Mozart (Le nozze di Figaro)Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte, Richard Amner, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heather Harper, Judith Blegen, Geraint Evans, Teresa Berganza, Birgit Finnilä, John Fryatt, John Robertson, Bill McCue, Malcolm Donnelly, Elizabeth Gale, Elizabeth Ritchie, Patricia O'Neill2003Album
Symphony No. 3 "A Pastoral Symphony", Symphony No. 4, Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 6Heather Harper, André Previn, Ralph Vaughan Williams2002Compil.
Idomeneo, Rei di CretaWolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Nicolai Gedda, Jessye Norman, Heather Harper, Rae Woodland, Andrea Snarsky, Antonio Liviero, Franco Pugliese, Elvira Spica, Carla Virgili, Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma Della RAI, Coro di Roma della RAI, Sir Colin Davis2002Album
Don GiovanniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Geraint Evans, Heather Harper, Luigi Alva, English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim2000Album
LiederBenjamin Britten, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Pears, Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk, Franz Schubert • Hugo Wolf1999Compil.
The Passion According To Saint Matthew BWV 244Johann Sebastian Bach : Heather Harper / Gertrude Jahn / Kurt Equiluz / Marius Rintzler / Prof. Jakob Stämpfli / Wiener Akademie Kammerchor / Die Wiener Sängerknaben / Wiener Symphoniker / Hans Swarowsky1999Album
Symphonie 2 AuferstehungGustav Mahler, Otto Klemperer, Heather Harper, Janet Baker1998Album
Missa In Tempore Belli "Paukenmesse"Joseph Haydn - Heather Harper, Pamela Bowden, Alexander Young, John Shirley-Quirk, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra1997Album
Ein Deutsches Requiem · Mass No. 3 "Great"Johannes Brahms - Herbert von Karajan / Anna Tomowa-Sintow / José van Dam / Wiener Singverein / Berliner Philharmoniker, Anton Bruckner, Heather Harper, Anna Reynolds, Robert Tear, Marius Rintzler, New Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Chorus, Daniel Barenboim1996Album
Symphonies N° 1 & 2Gustav Mahler - Georg Solti, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, The London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus1996Compil.
Judas MaccabaeusGeorg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Alexander Young, John Shirley-Quirk, Johannes Somary1992Album
War Requiem / Sinfonia Da Requiem / Ballad Of HeroesBenjamin Britten - Heather Harper, Philip Langridge, Martyn Hill, John Shirley-Quirk, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, The London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus Chorus Richard Hickox1991Album
Messiah - Highlights From The OratorioGeorg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, John Wakefield, John Shirley-Quirk, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1991Album
Choral SymphonyLudwig Van Beethoven / Heather Harper • Alfreda Hodgson • Robert Tear • Gwynne Howell - The Northern Sinfonia Chorus1988Album
Or Shall We Die?Michael Berkeley, Heather Harper, David Wilson-Johnson, London Symphony Chorus, The London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox1988Album
Façade - A Song For The Lord Mayor's TablePeggy Ashcroft / Paul Scofield, London Sinfonietta, Heather Harper, Paul Hamburger, Sir William Walton1986Album
The Turn Of The ScrewBenjamin Britten, Helen Donath, Heather Harper, Robert Tear ; Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ; Sir Colin Davis1985Album
Messias / Josué / Xerxes / Júlio César / Ariodante / SeleçõesGeorg Friedrich Händel - Elly Ameling, Norma Burrowes, Heather Harper, Janet Baker, David Rendall, John Shirley-Quirk, Samuel Ramey, Sir Colin Davis1983Album
The Children Of Lir / Ode To A NightingaleSir Hamilton Harty, Heather Harper, Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomson1982Album
King PriamSir Michael Tippett, David Atherton, Robert Tear · Thomas Allen · Norman Bailey · Felicity Palmer, Yvonne Minton · Philip Langridge · Heather Harper, London Sinfonietta · London Sinfonietta Chorus1981Album
MessiahGeorg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, John Wakefield, John Shirley-Quirk, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1981Album
PaukenmesseJoseph Haydn - Heather Harper, Pamela Bowden, Alexander Young, John Shirley-Quirk, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, David Willocks1978Album
Symphony No.9 'Choral' / Symphony No.5.Ludwig van Beethoven, Leopold Stokowski, Heather Harper • Helen Watts • Alexander Young • Donald McIntyre, The London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus, The London Philharmonic Orchestra1978Album
Der MessiasGeorg Friedrich Händel - Sir Colin Davis - The London Symphony Orchestra - London Symphony Chorus - Heather Harper - Helen Watts - John Wakefield - John Shirley-Quirk1978Album
Verdi RequiemGiuseppe Verdi - Heather Harper, Josephine Veasey, Hans Sotin, Carlo Bini, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Choir, Carlos Païta1975Album
Bach: St. John Passion HighlightsJohann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Heather Harper, Russell Burgess, John Tobin, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk, Gwynne Howell, Alfreda Hodgson, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, English Chamber Orchestra1974Album
Sings Songs By Beethoven And SchubertHeather Harper1974Album
Handel's Judas MaccabeusJohannes Somary, English Chamber Orchestra, Heather Harper, Alexander Young, Helen Watts, John Shirley-Quirk, Amor Artis Chorale1974Album
The CreationDavid Willcocks, Joseph Haydn, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Heather Harper, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk1974Album
Symphony No. 3Sir Michael Tippett - Heather Harper, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1973Album
Owen Wingrave (Highlights)Benjamin Britten, Benjamin Luxon, Janet Baker, Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Heather Harper, Sylvia Fisher, Jennifer Vyvyan, Nigel Douglas, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, English Chamber Orchestra1973Album
Messiah Record 2Georg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Duncan Robertson, Roger Stalman, Ralph Downes - Christopher Wood, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Frederick Jackson1972Album
Mass No. 3 In F MinorAnton Bruckner / Heather Harper ‧ Anna Reynolds ‧ Robert Tear ‧ Marius Rintzler ‧ Philharmonia Chorus ‧ Philharmonia Orchestra ‧ Daniel Barenboim1972Album
Handel's Judas MaccabeusJohannes Somary, English Chamber Orchestra, Heather Harper, Alexander Young, Helen Watts, John Shirley-Quirk, Amor Artis Chorale, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir1972Album
Messiah Record 3Georg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Duncan Robertson, Roger Stalman, Ralph Downes - Christopher Wood, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Frederick Jackson1972Album
A Mass Of LifeFrederick Delius, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, The London Philharmonic Choir, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves1972Album
Ariadne / A Song For The Lord Mayor's Table / Three SongsElizabeth Maconchy / Sir William Walton - Heather Harper, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Paul Hamburger1972Album
St. John PassionJohann Sebastian Bach - Peter Pears · Gwynne Howell · Heather Harper · Alfreda Hodgson · Robert Tear · John Shirley-Quirk, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir . English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten1972Album
Messiah Record 1Georg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Duncan Robertson, Roger Stalman, Ralph Downes - Christopher Wood, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Frederick Jackson1972Album
Madrigali Libro VIIIClaudio Monteverdi - Heather Harper, Lilian Watson, Luigi Alva, Ryland Davies, John Wakefield, Stafford Dean, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Raymond Leppard1971Album
Requiem • Grosse MesseWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Helen Donath • Heather Harper • Yvonne Minton • Ryland Davies • Stafford Dean • Gerd Nienstedt • The London Symphony Orchestra And London Symphony Chorus • Sir Colin Davis1971Album
Britten: Serenade For Tenor, Horn And Strings / Les IluminationsRobert Tear, Alan Civil, Heather Harper, Sir Neville Marriner, Northern Sinfonia1971Album
Die Jahreszeiten, AusschnitteJoseph Haydn - Heather Harper, Ryland Davies, John Shirley-Quirk1970Album
A Sea SymphonyRalph Vaughan Williams, André Previn, The London Symphony Orchestra And London Symphony Chorus, Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk1970Album
Symphony No. 4Gustav Mahler, Lorin Maazel, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Heather Harper1970Album
Theodora: A Dramatic Opera In Three ActsGeorg Friedrich Händel – Heather Harper, Maureen Forrester, Alexander Young, Edgar Fleet, John Lawrenson, English Chamber Orchestra, Johannes Somary1969Album
Sancta Civitas / BenediciteRalph Vaughan Williams, Heather Harper, Ian Partridge, John Shirley-Quirk, The Bach Choir, Boys Of King's College Choir, Cambridge, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks1968Album
Requiem And Idyll (Once I Passed Through A Populous CityFrederick Delius - Meredith Davies, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk1968Album
Missa In Tempore Belli - Insanae Et Vanae CuraeJoseph Haydn, Heather Harper, Pamela Bowden, Alexander Young, John Shirley-Quirk, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, David Willcocks1967Album
Italian Baroque MusicClaudio Monteverdi / Francesco Cavalli - Heather Harper, Gerald English, Hugues Cuénod, Bath Festival Orchestra Directed By Raymond Leppard1967Album
Haydn/Mass In Time Of WarJoseph Haydn - Heather Harper, Pamela Bowden, Alexander Young, John Shirley-Quirk, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra1967Album
Symphony No.2Gustav Mahler / The London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti, Heather Harper, Helen Watts1966Album
Dido And AeneasHenry Purcell ; Victoria De Los Angeles, Heather Harper, Patricia Johnson, Peter Glossop, Raymond Leppard (Harpsichord), The Ambrosian Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli1966Album
Messiah Volume TwoGeorg Friedrich Händel / Heather Harper / Helen Watts / Duncan Robertson / Roger Stalman / The London Philharmonic Choir And The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Frederick Jackson1961Album
Haydn: The SeasonsHeather Harper, Ryland Davies, John Shirley-QuirkAlbum
Landmarks Of 20th Century MusicArnold Schoenberg / Anton Webern / Alban Berg / Heather Harper / John Alldis Choir / English Chamber Orchestra / Gary Bertini / New Philharmonia Orchestra / Frederik PrausnitzAlbum
Musik zu Ein SommernachtstraumHeather Harper, Janet Baker, Otto Klemperer, The London Philharmonic OrchestraAlbum
Hoogtepunten Uit Messiah, Crudel Tiranno Amor, Tolomeo, Berenice, Giulio Cesare, Dixit DominusGeorg Friedrich Händel - Elly Ameling, Helen Donath, Heather Harper, Aafje Heynis, Helen Watts, John Wakefield, John Shirley-Quirk, Gérard Souzay, Sir Colin DavisCompil.
MessiahGeorg Friedrich Händel, London Symphony Chorus, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Heather Harper, John Shirley-QuirkSingle
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