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Extra Tracks

Below are tracks from our library that never made it onto one of our compact discs. They can be downloaded here as high quality 320kbs AAC encoded (MP3) files.

Purchasers of tracks have unlimited personal use but must not pass or sell on to third parties nor broadcast without prior permission from PPL

Joan Cross (1901 - 1993)

Cross attended St Paul's Girls' School, where her music teacher was the composer Gustav Holst, and studied singing at the Trinity College of Music. In 1923, she joined the chorus of the Vic-Wells opera company at the Old Vic, later taking on a wide range of solo soprano roles for the Sadler's Wells company and a few at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, including Mimi in La Boheme and Desdemona. In this period she also became a noted Marschallin, Sieglinde and Brunnhilde, Elisabeth, Elsa, Madame Butterfly, Aida, Donna Anna and Tatiana. During the Second World War, Cross undertook the direction of Sadler's Wells Opera Company, which was forced to become a touring company as its theatre was requisitioned by the government. The theatre reopened on 7 June 1945 with the premiere of Britten's Peter Grimes, in which Cross created the role of Ellen Orford. Because of rifts within the Sadler's Wells Company, Cross left to become a founding member of the English Opera Group in 1946/7. She sang comparatively little in the post-war years and retired from singing in 1955. Cross made 78-rpm discs of a number of operatic arias and other pieces of music in the 1930s and '40s. They attest not only to the beauty of her good-sized lyric voice but also to the excellence of her technique and the intelligence of her interpretations.
jaan cross cosi fan tutte per pieta
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jaon cross smetena bartered bride
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