born on 27/9/1940 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Dame Josephine Clare Barstow, DBE (born 27 September 1940) is an English soprano.
Education and early career
Josephine Barstow was born in Sheffield and educated at the University of Birmingham. She made her professional debut (Mimì in La bohème) with the touring company Opera for All in 1964. She won a scholarship to study during 1965-66 at the London Opera Centre, where she met her husband Ande Anderson (d. 1996). During the following season, she sang Gluck's Euridice and Verdi's Violetta for the Sadler's Wells Opera Company and in 1968 she began a three-year contract with Welsh National Opera. In 1969 she made her Royal Opera debut as one of the Nieces in Peter Grimes
Among other roles with the Royal Opera, she has sung Alice Ford (Falstaff), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Leonore (Fidelio) and the Old Countess (The Queen of Spades). She also appeared in the world premières of two operas by Sir Michael Tippett: The Knot Garden (as Denise) and The Ice Break (as Gayle).
At Glyndebourne, she has appeared as Lady Macbeth, Elettra (Idomeneo) and Leonore. Roles with English National Opera include an acclaimed Violetta, Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Case), Natasha in the British stage première of War and Peace and the title roles in Salome, Aida, Arabella, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Der Rosenkavalier.
Among other engagements outside the British Isles, she has appeared at the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival. Latterly, she has performed a number of roles with Opera North, including Alice Ford, Lady Macbeth, Kostelnicka in Jenfa, Marie in Wozzeck, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and in the title roles of Gloriana, Médée and Aida. In October 2011 she appeared as the Countess in The Queen of Spades, also with Opera North.
Barstow was married to Terry Hands from 1964 to 1967 and then to Ande Anderson from 1968 until his death in 1996.
- Albert Herring (conductor Steuart Bedford), 1996, Naxos
- Un ballo in maschera (conductor Herbert von Karajan), 1989, DG
- Gloriana (conductor Charles Mackerras), 1993, Decca
- The Knot Garden (conductor Colin Davis), 1974, Philips
- Kiss Me, Kate (conductor John McGlinn), EMI
- Oliver! (conductor John Owen Edwards), JAY Records
- Street Scene (conductor John Mauceri), 1991, Decca
- Opera Finales (Salome, Médée, The Makropulos Affair, Turandot) (conductor John Mauceri), 1990, Decca
- Un ballo in maschera (conductor Sir Georg Solti), 2005, TDK
- Gloriana (conductor Paul Daniel), 2000, Opus Arte
- Idomeneo (conductor John Pritchard), 1974, Arthaus Musik
- Macbeth (conductor John Pritchard), 1972, Arthaus Musik
- Owen Wingrave (conductor Kent Nagano), 2001, Arthaus Musik
Josephine Barstow was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. Dame Josephine Barstow is currently represented by Musichall Ltd.
- Roles and discography
- Interview with Josephine Barstow by Bruce Duffie, October 30, 1981
- Who's Who in British Opera ed. Nicky Adam (Scolar Press, 1993); ISBN 0-85967-894-6