Portrait of the Day: Kathleen Ferrier

Past event archive
15 November 2017, 12:30

Room 31


  • Talks and Lectures

Kathleen Ferrier
by Maurice Frederick Codner
NPG 6258

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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.