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Lili Chookasian

voc, 1921-2012 US, Chicago
Singer of Classical

Lili Chookasian (August 1, 1921 – April 9, 2012) was an American contralto who appeared with many of the world's major symphony orchestras and opera houses. She began her career in the 1940s as a concert singer but did not draw wider acclaim until she began singing opera in her late thirties. She arose as one of the world's leading contraltos during the 1960s and 1970s, and notably had a long and celebrated career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1962 through 1986. She was admired for her sonorous, focused tone as well as her excellent musicianship. She often chose, against tradition, to sing oratorios from memory.

        
Genres
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
  • Folk
Popular Tracks   
Götterdämmerung, WWV 86D / Prologue: "Welch Licht leuchtet dort?" on Wagner: Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner, Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan
Das Lied von der Erde: VI. Der Abschied on Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 - Schubert: Symphony No. 8, D. 759 "Unfinished" by Thomas Schippers, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Walter Susskind
Das Lied von der Erde: IV. Von der Schönheit on Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 - Schubert: Symphony No. 8, D. 759 "Unfinished" by Thomas Schippers, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Walter Susskind
Come, Creator Spirit: III. Creed (Credo) on Richard Yardumian: Come, Creator Spirit by Richard Yardumian, Lili Chookasian, Anshel Brusilow & Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia
Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina Coeli on Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana by Nello Santi
Das Lied von der Erde: II. Der Einsame im Herbst on Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 - Schubert: Symphony No. 8, D. 759 "Unfinished" by Thomas Schippers, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Walter Susskind
Symphony No. 2 "Psalms": I. Psalm 130 on Richard Yardumian: Symphony No. 2 "Psalms" & Armenian Suite by Richard Yardumian, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujan Kojian & Lili Chookasian
Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso on Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana by Nello Santi
Come, Creator Spirit: IV. Holy Blessing (Sanctus) on Richard Yardumian: Come, Creator Spirit by Richard Yardumian, Lili Chookasian, Anshel Brusilow & Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia
Come, Creator Spirit: I. Lord Have Mercy (Kyrie) on Richard Yardumian: Come, Creator Spirit by Richard Yardumian, Lili Chookasian, Anshel Brusilow & Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Das Lied Von Der Erde / Rückert-LiederGustav Mahler, Lili Chookasian, Richard Lewis, Frederica von Stade, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Andrew Davis2002Album
Mass In C Major, Op. 86Ludwig van Beethoven ; Patricia Brooks, Lili Chookasian, George Shirley, Bonaldo Giaiotti1994Album
Richard Yardumian, Armenian Suite, Symphony No. 2Richard Yardumian, Lili Chookasian, Varujan Kojian, Utah Symphony Orchestra1990Album
Positively ArmenianLili Chookasian & Şahan Arzruni1987Album
Armenian Suite / Symphony No. 2 "Psalms"Richard Yardumian / Varujan Kojian, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Lili Chookasian1982Album
The Eighth and Ninth SymphoniesLudwig van Beethoven - The Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Richard P. Condie, Lucine Amara, Lili Chookasian, John Alexander, John Macurdy1967Album
Das Lied Von Der Erde (The Song Of The Earth)Gustav Mahler - Eugene Ormandy / The Philadelphia Orchestra, Lili Chookasian, Richard Lewis1967Album
The Ninth SymphonyLudwig van Beethoven - The Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Richard P. Condie, Lucine Amara, Lili Chookasian, John Alexander, John Macurdy1967Album
Alexander NevskySergei Prokofiev, Lili Chookasian Contralto, Westminster Symphonic Choir, Warren Martin Director, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Schippers1962Album
Das Klagende LiedGustav Mahler - The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Chorale, Fritz Mahler, Margaret Hoswell, Lili Chookasian, Rudolf Petrak1959Album
Mahler Das Lied von Der ErdeWalter Susskind, Lili Chookasian, Richard CassillyAlbum
Armenian MusicPro-Komitas Choral Society With Lili Chookasian, H. Hrant AgbabianAlbum
Symphonies No. 2 ("Psalms") For Medium Voice And Orchestra - Symphony No. 1 - Chorale-PreludeRichard Yardumian / Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Lili ChookasianAlbum
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