Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Johanna Peters

Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Johanna Peters

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A stalwart figure on the British opera scene for four decades, Johanna Peters was a mezzo soprano whose life was devoted to performance, teaching and administration, with the aim of maintaining the highest standards of singing in all these spheres.

Peters studied at the National School of Opera in London. She appeared as Jocasta in a 1958 performance of Oedipus rex given by the Oxford University Opera Club, and at Glyndebourne the following year she gave her first professional performance, as Marcellina. Thereafter, she enjoyed a flourishing career, singing many roles well suited to her voice. This was strong and intelligently used, polished throughout its range but especially powerful in the lower register. In 1962, in addition to revisiting Glyndebourne for another season as Marcellina, she sang Dame Carruthers in Anthony Besch's Tower of London staging of The yeomen of the guard. When the English Opera Group visited Russian two years later, the roles of Bianca in Britten's The rape of Lucretia and Florence Pike in Albert Herring fell naturally to Peters as one who could characterise these distinctive parts. …

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