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Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953), Singer

Sitter in 15 portraits
The contralto Kathleen Ferrier was one of the most renowned and popular singers of her generation. Her career was tragically short with little more than a decade separating her discovery, while working as a Post Office telephonist, to her death aged forty-one at the height of her fame. Among her most celebrated performances were roles in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and Benjamin Britten's opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946); the title role of which was written for her.