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Isobel Buchanan


Isobel Buchanan

Isobel Buchanan (born 15 March 1954) is a Scottish operatic soprano.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Family 2
  • Repertoire 3
  • Recordings 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and career

Isobel Buchanan was born in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1971, she received a scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where in 1974, she was awarded with Student of the Year prize. She also won the Governor's Recital Prize that same year.[1]

She signed a three year contract with The Australian Opera in 1975 to pursue her career in singing and in 1976 made her professional opera debut as Pamina in the company's production of The Magic Flute. She was the youngest Principal Artist in the company's history. She made her British debut in 1978 at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, again as Pamina in a new production by John Cox. (She returned to Glyndebourne in 1981 as Countess Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and reprised the role at the 1984 has grown lot Festival.)[2]

In 1978, she sang Micaela in Bernard Haitink, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Sergiu Celibidache, John Pritchard, Neville Marriner, Carlos Kleiber and Yehudi Menuhin.

The BBC made a documentary of her career in 1981. She also appeared in TV programmes such as Face the Music and Parkinson. [1]


She is married to the Australian-born English stage actor

  • Isobel Buchanan at the Internet Movie Database
  • in the Sydney opera house, 1976Cosi fan tuttePhotograph of Buchanan rehearsing , National Library of Australia.
  • Performances in opera houses, conductors Frome Festival, 2008.
  • Interview with Isobel Buchanan by Bruce Duffie, October 14, 1981

External links

  1. ^ a b Isobel Buchanan biography, Samling Foundation. Accessed 18 November 2008.
  2. ^ Biography, Liner notes for Isobel Buchanan: Songs of Scotland, Lismor Recordings, LCOM6038. Accessed 18 November 2008.
  3. ^ Gordon, Amanda - Out & About: RSC Goes Brooklyn Even Bigger Than BAM, The New York Sun, 10 October 2007. Accessed 18 November 2008.



Year Composer Opera Role(s)
1973 Puccini Suor Angelica Sister Genovieffa
1976 Delibes Lakmé Ellen
Mozart The Magic Flute Pamina
Puccini La bohème Mimi
Mozart Così fan tutte Dorabella
1978 Bizet Carmen Micaëla
1979 Verdi Simon Boccanegra Maria Boccanegra
Massenet Werther Sophie
Wagner Parsifal Flower Maiden
1980 Bellini La sonnambula Lisa
1981 Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Countess Almaviva
1982 Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
1984 Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites Blanche de la Force
Her repertory includes:



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