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Simon Estes

voc, *1938 US
Singer / Musician of Classical

Simon Estes (born March 2, 1938) is an operatic bass-baritone of African-American descent who had a major international opera career beginning in the 1960s. He has sung at most of the world's major opera houses as well as in front of presidents, popes and internationally renowned figures and celebrities including Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Boris Yeltsin, Yasser Arafat, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Notably, he was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve widespread success and is viewed as part of a group of performers who were instrumental in helping to break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Bass
Genres
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
  • R&B/Soul
  • World
Popular Tracks   
You'll Never Walk Alone ("Carousel") on Tonight - Hits from the Musicals by Barbara Hendricks, José Carreras, Sylvia McNair & Kiri Te Kanawa
Oedipus Rex - Opera-Oratorio in 2 Acts: Act I: "Respondit deus" on Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Stravinsky by Igor Stravinsky & Esa-Pekka Salonen
Ol' Man River [Showboat] on Tonight - Hits from the Musicals by Barbara Hendricks, José Carreras, Sylvia McNair & Kiri Te Kanawa
Carmen / Act 2: "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre" - "Toréador, en garde" on Bizet: Carmen by Georges Bizet, Jessye Norman, Neil Shicoff, Simon Estes, Mirella Freni, Choeurs de Radio France, Orchestre National De France & Seiji Ozawa
Messa da Requiem: 1. Requiem on Carlo Maria Giulini: Great Recordings by Carlo Maria Giulini
Messa da Requiem: 2. Tuba mirum on Carlo Maria Giulini: Great Recordings by Carlo Maria Giulini
Messa da Requiem: 2. Rex tremendae on Carlo Maria Giulini: Great Recordings by Carlo Maria Giulini
Oklahoma [Oklahoma!] on Tonight - Hits from the Musicals by Barbara Hendricks, José Carreras, Sylvia McNair & Kiri Te Kanawa
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4. Presto - Allegro assai on Beethoven: Symphony No.9 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Helen Donath, Trudeliese Schmidt, Klaus König, Simon Estes, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis
Requiem, Op.48: 2. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe on Fauré: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, Lucia Popp, Simon Estes, MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden & Sir Colin Davis

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Roméo Et Juliette • Les Nuits D'ÉtéHector Berlioz - Jessye Norman, John Aler, Simon Estes, Janet Baker, Riccardo Muti, Sir John Barbirolli2008Compil.
RequiemGiuseppe Verdi, Hanns-Martin Schneidt, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, Sharon Sweet, Jard Van Nes, Francisco Araiza, Simon Estes, Münchener Bach-Chor, Frankfurter Singakademie2001Album
International Tchaikovsky Competition, Vol. 3 • Tchaikovsky Competition - The Great VocalistsJane Marsh, Simon Estes, Elena Obraztsova, Evgeny Nesterenko, Peter Dvorský, Dolora Zajick, Nina Rautio1998Album
Beatrice CenciBerthold Goldschmidt / Simon Estes, Della Jones, Roberta Alexander, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lothar Zagrosek1995Album
He Wrote The BookJohn Brack With Simon Estes1995Album
AtlántidaManuel De Falla, Ernesto Halffter - Simon Estes, María Bayo, Teresa Berganza, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Edmon Colomer1993Album
Oedipus RexIgor Stravinsky ‧ Vinson Cole ‧ Simon Estes ‧ Hans Sotin ‧ Nicolai Gedda ‧ Patrice Chéreau, Radiokören ‧ Eric Ericsons Kammarkör ‧ Orphei Drängar, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Esa-Pekka Salonen1992Album
King A Musical TestimonySimon Estes, Cynthia Haymon1990Album
Symphony No. 8Gustav Mahler - Sharon Sweet, Pamela Coburn, Florence Quivar, Brigitte Fassbaender, Richard Leech, Siegmund Nimsgern, Simon Estes, Wiener Staatsopernchor, ORF-Chor, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Die Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel1990Album
Der Messias (Querschnitt)Georg Friedrich Händel • Margaret Price • Hanna Schwarz • Stuart Burrows Und Simon Estes1990Compil.
RequiemWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Philharmonia Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lynne Dawson, Jard Van Nes, Keith Lewis, Simon Estes1990Album
RequiemGiuseppe Verdi, Carlo Maria Giulini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sharon Sweet, Florence Quivar, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Ernst Senff Chor Berlin1989Album
Simon Estes in Opernszenen von Richard WagnerRichard Wagner - Simon Estes, Staatskapelle Berlin, Heinz Fricke1989Album
CarmenGeorges Bizet - Jessye Norman, Mirella Freni, Neil Shicoff, Simon Estes, Orchestre National De France, Chœur de Radio France Et Maîtrise De Radio France, Seiji Ozawa1989Album
Carmen (Highlights · Grosser Querschnitt · Extraits)Georges Bizet : Jessye Norman · Mirella Freni · Neil Shicoff · Simon Estes · Orchestre National De France · Seiji Ozawa1989Compil.
Verdi - AriasGiuseppe Verdi Verdi Simon Estes, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Gaetano Delogu, Rowland Sidwell1988Compil.
Symphony No.9 «Choral»Ludwig van Beethoven ・ Helen Donath ・ Trudeliese Schmidt ・ Klaus König ・ Simon Estes ・ Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis1986Album
Romeo Et JulietteHector Berlioz, Riccardo Muti, Jessye Norman, John Aler, Simon Estes1986Album
Don CarlosGiuseppe Verdi, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Simon Estes, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, Shirley Verrett, The Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Carlo Maria Giulini1985Album
Porgy And Bess (Highlights • Querschnitt)George Gershwin, Simon Estes, Roberta Alexander, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Leonard Slatkin1985Album
MessiahGeorg Friedrich Händel / Margaret Price · Hanna Schwarz · Stuart Burrows · Simon Estes / Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis1985Album
RequiemGabriel Fauré, Lucia Popp, Simon Estes, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis1985Album
SpiritualsSimon Estes1985Album
UntitledRichard Wagner - Simon Estes, Staatskapelle Berlin, Heinz Fricke1984Album
Pulcinella (Complete Ballet For Voices & Small Orchestra), Concertino (For 12 Instruments)Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Ann Murray, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Simon Estes1982Album
Pulcinella (Ballet Avec Voix & Petit Orchestre) 1919 - Concertino Pour Douze Instruments 1952 - StravinskyEnsemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, Ann Murray, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Simon Estes1982Album
Symphonie No 8Gustav Mahler, Faye Robinson, Margaret Marshall, Hildegard Heichele, Ortrun Wenkel, Hildegard Laurich, Mallory Walker, Richard Stilwell, Simon Estes, Frankfurter Opern- Und Museumsorchester, Michael Gielen1981Album
IdomeneoNikolaus Harnoncourt, Werner Hollweg, Trudeliese Schmidt, Rachel Yakar, Felicity Palmer, Kurt Equiluz, Robert Tear, Simon Estes, Mozartorchester Des Opernhauses Zürich & Chor der Oper Zürich, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart1980Album
Messa Di RequiemThe Philadelphia Orchestra, Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Muti, Katia Ricciarelli, Veriano Luchetti, Florence Quivar, Simon Estes, Mendelssohn Club Of Philadelphia1980Album
Lord Nelson Mass (No. 9 In D Minor)Joseph Haydn - Leonard Bernstein · The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Judith Blegen, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Kenneth Riegel, Simon Estes ~ Westminster Symphonic Choir : Joseph Flummerfelt1978Album
HarmoniemesseLeonard Bernstein Conducts Joseph Haydn, Westminster Symphonic Choir, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Kenneth Riegel, Simon Estes1975Album
Don CarlosGiuseppe Verdi - Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Simon Estes, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, Shirley Verrett, The Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ; Carlo Maria Giulini1971Album
3-Й Международный Конкурс Им. Чайковского, ВокалистыЭвелина Стоицева, Константин Лисовский, Мария Биешу, Вероника Тайлер, Simon EstesCompil.
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