E. Kirkby (sop)

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Emma Kirkby

The quintessential voice of the early music revival for many, Dame Emma has enchanted several generations of music lovers in a repertoire ranging from early music to the mid-19th century.

Tribute by Jakob Lindberg:

I have had the great privilege to share the stage with Emma Kirkby on many occasions over the past 15 years. It is wonderful how her clear, rich and yet intimate voice blends so well with the lute. In a duo recital, this means that the audience does not need to readjust when lute solos follow the songs, and the volume of the lute ensures that every nuance in her masterful approach to diction is always audible. I do hope that more singers continue to follow her lead and resist striving for loudness and a chest voice laden with vibrato, when clarity and diction is what is required in this repertoire.

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