Elisabeth Sara "Elly" Ameling (born 8 February 1933) is a Dutch soprano, now retired, who was particularly known internationally for lieder recitals and for singing works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Performing with notable pianists and ensembles around the globe, she was awarded honours and recording prizes.
Ameling was born in
Rotterdam where she grew up. She later sang with  Pierre Bernac. She won the first prize during the Vocal Concours in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands (1956) and the Concours International de Musique in Geneva (1958). After her professional début as a concert singer in Rotterdam in 1953, she performed for more than forty years in virtually every major cultural centre in the world. She appeared with most of the leading international orchestras and conductors, including  Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Neville Marriner, Karl Münchinger and Edo de Waart.
Elly Ameling in 1973, on her first of two South Africa tours
She made her career mainly as a concert and
lieder singer with some excursions into opera, and became world-renowned for her recitals of French and German songs and for her superlative interpretive gifts. She has been equally at home in chamber music, orchestral music, operas, and oratorios. Her operatic roles included Ilia in Mozart's , Fiordiligi in his Idomeneo in 1958, Jacqueline in Messager's Così fan tutte in 1959, and the Marchesa in Verdi's Fortunio in 1974, Un Giorno di Regno She made her U.S. recital debut at New York's  Lincoln Center in 1968 and her opera debut in 1974 as Ilia in Mozart's in Idomeneo Washington, D.C. In 1974, Ameling also performed for the Peabody Mason Concert series in Boston. 
Contemporary works, particularly by her countrymen
Bertus van Lier and Robert Heppener, are also part of her large repertoire. Ameling has recorded more than 150 albums and has won many recording prizes, including The Edison Award, the Grand Prix du Disque and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. When she retired in 1995, she was regarded as one of the most admired and recorded female lieder singers. 
For her services to music, Ameling has been awarded four honorary degrees and has been knighted, in 1971, by Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands to the
Order of Orange-Nassau. In 2008, she received the highest civil decoration in the Netherlands, the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 2015, she was awarded the Hugo Wolf Medal of the International Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart. 
Ameling's recordings focus on lieder, with pianists and orchestras. She recorded two songs from Mahler's
with the Des Knaben Wunderhorn English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten at the 1969 Aldeburgh Festival. In 1970, she recorded Beethoven's  Mass in C major with the New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini, alongside Janet Baker, Theo Altmeyer and Marius Rintzler. She recorded in 1979 Mahler  Second and Fourth Symphony with the Netherlands Radio Chorus and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink, the Second alongside Aafje Heynis. In 1985, she recorded the Schubert's complete  incidental music to with the Rundfunkchor Leipzig and the Rosamunde Gewandhausorchester, conducted by Kurt Masur. 
Icon: Elly Ameling, The Dutch Nightingale (8CD), 2012, EMI Classics
Elly Ameling 75 jaar, Live Concertopnamen 1957-1991, Nederlandse Omroep (5CD), 2008, Radio Broadcasts 1957-91, incl. Richard Strauss , Van Omnium audiovisueel, GW 80003. Vier letzte Lieder
The Artistry of Elly Ameling (5CD), Philips.
Elly Ameling, After Hours..., Songs by Gershwin, Porter, Prévert a.o.; Louis van Dijk, Philips.
Elly Ameling, Sentimental Me, Songs by Porter, Ellington, Sondheim a.o.; Louis van Dijk, Polygram Classics.
Elly Ameling, Sweet Was The Song, international Christmas songs, EMI.
Elly Ameling, The Early Recordings (4CD), DHM (Sony BMG). Bach:
Arias from Cantatas for soprano, oboe and b.c., Han de Vries (oboe), Albert de Klerk (organ), Richte van der Meer (cello), EMI.
Bauern-, Kaffee-, Hochzeitskantate, Non sà che sia dolore, with Gerald English, Siegmund Nimsgern, Collegium Aureum, DHM (Sony BMG).
, Ein feste Burg, Jauchzet Gott, Wachet auf English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Helmut Winschermann, Philips.
, Johannes-Passion Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger, Decca.
, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger, Decca. Matthäus-Passion , Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger, Decca. Magnificat / Osteroratorium
, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger, Decca. Weihnachtsoratorium Berlioz:
, Les nuits d'été Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw, Telarc. Brahms:
Lieder, Rudolf Jansen, Hyperion. Fauré:
, Peer Gynt San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart, Philips. Handel:
Requiem, Wiener Philharmoniker, Istvan Kertesz, Decca.
Mozart, Schubert, Opern-und Konzertarien, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart, PENTATONE. The complete Mozart-Edition Vol. 24 (Lieder, Notturni), Philips. Poulenc:
Edition du centenaire 1899-1963 (Melodies & Lieder), EMI Classics. Ravel:
Mélodies-Lieder, , Rudolf Jansen, Erato (Warner). Shéhérazade
Schubert, Lieder (4CD), Dalton Baldwin, Rudolf Jansen, Philips.
Schubert, Schumann, Lieder, Jörg Demus, DHM (Sony BMG).
Schubert, Duette-Terzette-Quartette, with Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier, Gerald Moore, Deutsche Grammophon. Schumann:
, Dalton Baldwin, Frauenliebe und Leben PENTATONE. Vivaldi:
Berühmte geistliche Chorwerke, Nulla in mundo pax, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri, Philips. , Kammerorchester Berlin, Vittorio Negri, Philips. Juditha triumphans Wolf:
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