NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction property from the estate of famed Broadway actress and singer Barbara Cook. Ms. Cook’s silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence delighted audiences around the world for more than fifty years. Considered “Broadway’s favorite ingenue” during the heyday of the Broadway musical, she subsequently launched a second career and achieved international fame as a concert singer. Whether on the stages of major venues throughout the world or in the intimate setting of New York’s Café Carlyle, Barbara Cook’s popularity thrived. She had a succession of seven triumphant returns to Carnegie Hall, where she made a legendary solo concert debut in 1975.
Among Barbara Cook’s numerous awards and accolades are the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. She was named a Living New York Landmark and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
A native of Atlanta, Barbara Cook made her Broadway debut in 1951 as the ingenue in the musical Flahooley. She received critical acclaim for her show-stopping performance in the Leonard Bernstein's ground-breaking 1956 operetta, Candide, and in 1958, she won her first Tony Award for her performance in the role of Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, a role that she originated.
In 1974, Ms. Cook began a creative partnership with musical arranger, accompanist, composer, dance arranger and conductor Wally Harper, which lasted for nearly thirty-one years. Numerous recordings mark the journey of this unique partnership, beginning with Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall, a live recording of their legendary 1975 Carnegie Hall debut. Ms. Cook and Mr. Harper traveled the world together and performed a number of times at the White House for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton.
In January 2006 Ms. Cook made her solo concert debut at the Metropolitan Opera Company, the sold-out performance making her the first female pop singer to be presented by the MET in the company’s 123 year history. In November 2007 she achieved yet another career high when she celebrated her 80th birthday in concert with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. Due to popular demand two encore performances of the critically acclaimed concert played to sold-out houses.
“Barbara Cook is the greatest singer in the world,” wrote the Financial Times’ Alistair Macauley after a performance at the Sadlers’ Wells Theatre in London. “Ms. Cook is the only popular singer active today who should be taken seriously by lovers of classical music. Has any singer since Callas matched Cook's sense of musical architecture? I doubt it.”
Property from the Estate of Barbara Cook comprises fine jewelry, stage jewelry, accessories, furniture and art to be sold in a series of auctions.
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