Josephine Barstow (Dame)
(Born 27 September 1940)
Josephine Barstow is an English soprano.
She made her professional debut in 1964 singing Mimì in La Bohème with a touring company Opera for All.
After a scholarship to study at the London Opera Centre, where she met her future husband Ande Anderson she sang Gluck's Euridice and Verdi's Violetta for the Sadler's Wells Opera Company the following year and in 1968 she started a three-year contract with Welsh National Opera.
She made her Royal Opera debut in 1969 as one of the Nieces in Peter Grimes and since then she has appeared with them singing Alice Ford (Falstaff), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Leonore (Fidelio) and the Old Countess (The Queen of Spades).
Ms Barstow has also played leading roles in the world premieres of two operas by Sir Michael Tippett-The Knot Garden and The Ice Break.
At Glyndebourne she has sung Lady Macbeth, Elettra in Idomeneo and Leonore in Il Trovatore.
Her roles with the English National Opera have included a much acclaimed Violetta, Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case, Natasha in the British stage première of War and Peace and the leading roles in Salome, Aida, Arabella, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Der Rosenkavalier.
Outside Britain she has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival.
Her most recent roles have included Alice Ford, Lady Macbeth, Kostelnicka in Jenůfa, Marie in Wozzeck, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and in the title roles of Gloriana, Médée, Aida and the Countess in The Queen of Spades- all with Opera North.
Her husband Ande Anderson passed away in 1996 but her career continues to this day.
She has a number of CD's to her credit and five DVD's including full performances of Gloriana, Idomeneo, Macbeth and Un Ballo in Maschera.