performing artist

Definitions of performing artist
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n an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

Synonyms:
performer
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Allen Stewart Konigsberg
United States filmmaker and comic actor (1935-)
Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen
United States comedienne remembered as the confused but imperturbable partner of her husband, George Burns (1906-1964)
Alicia Alonso
Cuban dancer and choreographer (born in 1921)
Marian Anderson
United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902-1993)
Louis Armstrong
United States pioneering jazz trumpeter and bandleader (1900-1971)
Fred Astaire
United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
Johann Sebastian Bach
German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)
Pearl Mae Bailey
United States singer (1918-1990)
George Balanchine
United States dancer and choreographer (born in Russia) noted for his abstract and formal works (1904-1983)
Lucille Ball
United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
Tallulah Bankhead
uninhibited United States actress (1903-1968)
Maurice Barrymore
United States actor; husband of Georgiana Emma Barrymore and father of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1847-1905)
Georgiana Emma Barrymore
United States actress; daughter of John Drew and wife of Maurice Barrymore; mother of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1854-1893)
Lionel Barrymore
United States actor; son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1878-1954)
Ethel Barrymore
United States actress; daughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1879-1959)
John Barrymore
United States actor; son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1882-1942)
Bela Bartok
Hungarian composer and pianist who collected Hungarian folk music; in 1940 he moved to the United States (1881-1945)
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Russian dancer and choreographer who migrated to the United States (born in 1948)
Benjamin Kubelsky
United States comedian known for his timeing and delivery and self-effacing humor (1894-1974)
Ingrid Bergman
Swedish film actress (1915-1982)
Henriette Rosine Bernard
French actress (1844-1923)
Charles Edward Berry
United States rock singer (born in 1931)
Shirley Temple Black
popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
Marc Blitzstein
United States pianist and composer of operas and musical plays (1905-1964)
Humphrey DeForest Bogart
United States film actor (1899-1957)
John Wilkes Booth
United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865)
Anton Bruckner
Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
Richard Burbage
English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies (1567-1619)
Nathan Birnbaum
United States comedian and film actor (1896-1996)
Richard Burton
Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984)
William Byrd
English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)
Sidney Caesar
United States comedian who pioneered comedy television shows (born 1922)
James Cagney
United States film actor known for his portrayals of tough characters (1899-1986)
Enrico Caruso
outstanding Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921)
Pablo Casals
an outstanding Spanish cellist noted for his interpretation of Bach's cello suites (1876-1973)
Johnny Cash
United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003)
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin
English comedian and film maker; portrayed a downtrodden little man in baggy pants and bowler hat (1889-1977)
Maurice Chevalier
French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)
Frederic Francois Chopin
French composer (born in Poland) and pianist of the romantic school (1810-1849)
Imogene Coca
United States comedienne who starred in early television shows with Sid Caesar (1908-2001)
Frank Cooper
United States film actor noted for his portrayals of strong silent heroes (1901-1961)
Arcangelo Corelli
Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
Katherine Cornell
United States actress noted for her performances in Broadway plays (1893-1974)
Francois Couperin
French composer of music for organ and a member of a family of distinguished organists (1668-1733)
Sir Noel Pierce Coward
English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
Joan Crawford
United States film actress (1908-1977)
Hume Blake Cronyn
Canadian actor who frequently played character parts with his wife Jessica Tandy (1911-2003)
Harry Lillis Crosby
United States singer and film actor (1904-1977)
Merce Cunningham
United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1922)
Karl Czerny
Austrian virtuoso pianist and composer of many works for the piano; studied with Beethoven and was a teacher of Liszt (1791-1857)
Bette Davis
United States film actress (1908-1989)
Miles Dewey Davis Jr.
United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
James Byron Dean
United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955)
Agnes George de Mille
United States dancer and choreographer who introduced formal dance to a wide audience (1905-1993)
Robert De Niro
United States film actor who frequently plays tough characters (born 1943)
Gerard Depardieu
French film actor (born in 1948)
Maria Magdalene von Losch
United States film actress (born in Germany) who made many films with Josef von Sternberg and later was a successful cabaret star (1901-1992)
Placido Domingo
Spanish operatic tenor noted for performances in operas by Verdi and Puccini (born in 1941)
Antoine Domino
United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
John Dowland
English lutenist and composer of songs for the lute (1563-1626)
John Drew
United States actor (born in Ireland); father of Georgiana Emma Barrymore (1827-1862)
Isadora Duncan
United States dancer and pioneer of modern dance (1878-1927)
Jimmy Durante
United States comedian remembered for his large nose and hoarse voice (1893-1980)
Eleonora Duse
Italian actress best known for her performances in tragic roles (1858-1924)
Bob Dylan
United States songwriter noted for his protest songs (born in 1941)
Andre Eglevsky
United States ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1917-1977)
Edward Kennedy Ellington
United States jazz composer and piano player and bandleader (1899-1974)
Georges Enesco
Romanian violinist and composer (1881-1955)
Douglas Elton Fairbanks
United States film actor noted for his swashbuckling roles (1883-1939)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
United States film actor; son of Douglas Elton Fairbanks, (1909-2000)
Manuel de Falla
Spanish composer and pianist (1876-1946)
Eileen Farrell
United States operatic soprano noted for the clarity and power of her voice (1920-2002)
William Claude Dukenfield
United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)
Ella Fitzgerald
United States scat singer (1917-1996)
Henry Fonda
United States film actor (1905-1982)
Jane Fonda
United States film actress and daughter of Henry Fonda (born in 1937)
Lynn Fontanne
United States actress (born in England) who married Alfred Lunt and performed with him in many plays (1887-1983)
Dame Margot Fonteyn
English dancer who danced with Rudolf Nureyev (born in 1919)
William Clark Gable
United States film actor (1901-1960)
Greta Louisa Gustafsson
United States film actress (born in Sweden) known for her reclusiveness (1905-1990)
Judy Garland
United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
David Garrick
English actor and theater manager who was the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day (1717-1779)
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Australian actor (born in the United States in 1956)
Arthur John Gielgud
English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films (1904-2000)
John Birks Gillespie
United States jazz trumpeter and exponent of bebop (1917-1993)
Lillian Gish
United States film actress who appeared in films by D. W. Griffith (1896-1993)
Benjamin David Goodman
United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
Martha Graham
United States dancer and choreographer whose work was noted for its austerity and technical rigor (1893-1991)
Cary Grant
United States actor (born in England) who was the elegant leading man in many films (1904-1986)
Harley Granville-Barker
English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
Stephane Grappelli
French jazz violinist (1908-1997)
Sir Alec Guinness
English stage and screen actor noted for versatility (1914-2000)
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
United States folk singer and songwriter (1912-1967)
Eleanor Gwynne
English comedienne and mistress of Charles II (1650-1687)
William John Clifton Haley Jr.
United States rock singer who was one of the first to popularize rock'n'roll music (1925-1981)
Lionel Hampton
United States musician who was the first to use the vibraphone as a jazz instrument (1913-2002)
Thomas J. Hanks
United States film actor (born in 1956)
Oliver Hardy
United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)
Harlean Carpenter
United States film actress who made several films with Clark Gable (1911-1937)
George Harrison
English rock star; lead guitarist of the Beatles (1943-2001)
Reginald Carey Harrison
English actor on stage and in films (1908-1990)
Coleman Hawkins
United States jazz saxophonist (1904-1969)
Helen Hayes
acclaimed actress of stage and screen (1900-1993)
John Hemminge
English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays (1556-1630)
James Marshall Hendrix
United States guitarist whose innovative style with electric guitars influenced the development of rock music (1942-1970)
Jim Henson
United States puppeteer who created a troupe of puppet characters (1936-1990)
Katharine Houghton Hepburn
United States film actress who appeared in many films with Spencer Tracy (1907-2003)
Woodrow Charles Herman
United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)
Dame Myra Hess
English pianist (1890-1965)
Alfred Hawthorne
risque English comedian (1925-1992)
Dustin Hoffman
versatile United States film actor (born in 1937)
Charles Hardin Holley
United States rock star (1936-1959)
Leslie Townes Hope
United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)
Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins
Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
Lena Calhoun Horne
United States singer and actress (born in 1917)
Vladimir Horowitz
Russian concert pianist who was a leading international virtuoso (1904-1989)
Harry Houdini
United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)
Leslie Howard Stainer
English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)
Julio Iglesias
Spanish singer noted for his ballads and love songs (born in 1943)
Mahalia Jackson
United States singer who did much to popularize gospel music (1911-1972)
Michael Joe Jackson
United States singer who began singing with his four brothers and later became a highly successful star during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Glenda Jackson
English film actress who later became a member of British Parliament (born in 1936)
Michael Philip Jagger
English rock star (born in 1943)
Judith Jamison
United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1944)
Joseph Joachim
Hungarian violinist and composer (1831-1907)
Asa Yoelson
United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
Janis Joplin
United States singer who died of a drug overdose at the height of her popularity (1943-1970)
William Henry Pratt
United States film actor (born in England) noted for his performances in horror films (1887-1969)
Tamara Karsavina
Russian dancer who danced with Nijinsky (1885-1978)
Edmund Kean
English actor noted for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters (1789-1833)
Joseph Francis Keaton
United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
Eugene Curran Kelly
United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
Princess Grace of Monaco
United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982)
Emmett Kelly
United States circus clown (1898-1979)
Riley B King
United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
Fritz Kreisler
United States violinist (born in Austria) (1875-1962)
Wanda Landowska
United States harpsichordist (born in Poland) who helped to revive modern interest in the harpsichord (1879-1959)
Emilie Charlotte le Breton
British actress and mistress of the prince who later became Edward VII (1853-1929)
Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder
Scottish ballad singer and music hall comedian (1870-1950)
Charles Laughton
United States film actor (born in England) (1899-1962)
Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel
United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
Gertrude Lawrence
English actress (1898-1952)
Huddie Leadbetter
United States folk singer and composer (1885-1949)
Lee Yuen Kam
United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973)
Rose Louise Hovick
United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970)
Eva Le Gallienne
United States actress (born in England) (1899-1991)
Vivien Leigh
English film actress (1913-1967)
Jack Lemmon
United States film actor (1925-2001)
John Lennon
English rock star and guitarist and songwriter who with Paul McCartney wrote most of the music for the Beatles (1940-1980)
Jerry Lee Lewis
United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
Beatrice Lillie
British actress (born in Canada) (1898-1989)
Swedish Nightingale
Swedish soprano who toured the United States under the management of P. T. Barnum (1820-1887)
Franz Liszt
Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso (1811-1886)
Harold Clayton Lloyd
United States comic actor in silent films; he used physical danger as a source of comedy (1893-1971)
Sofia Scicolone
Italian film actress (born in 1934)
Laszlo Lowestein
United States actor (born in Hungary) noted for playing sinister roles (1904-1964)
Bela Ferenc Blasko
United States film actor (born in Hungary) noted for portraying monsters (1884-1956)
Alfred Lunt
United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions (1893-1977)
Madonna Louise Ciccone
United States pop singer and sex symbol during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Marcel Marceau
French mime famous for his sad-faced clown (born in 1923)
Dame Alicia Markova
English ballet dancer (born in 1910)
Robert Nesta Marley
Jamaican singer who popularized reggae (1945-1981)
E. G. Marshall
United States actor (1914-1998)
Dino Paul Crocetti
United States singer (1917-1995)
Mary Martin
United States actress (1913-1990)
Steve Martin
United States actor and comedian (born in 1945)
Julius Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1890-1977)
Leonard Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1891-1961)
Arthur Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1893-1964)
Herbert Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1901-1979)
James Neville Mason
English film actor (1909-1984)
Leonide Fedorovitch Massine
French choreographer and ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1895-1979)
Sir James Paul McCartney
English rock star and bass guitarist and songwriter who with John Lennon wrote most of the music for the Beatles (born in 1942)
John McCormick
United States operatic tenor (born in Ireland) (1884-1945)
Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior
United States operatic tenor (born in Denmark) noted for his Wagnerian roles (1890-1973)
Sir Yehudi Menuhin
British violinist (born in the United States) who began his career as a child prodigy in the 1920s (1916-1999)
Anna Amalia Mercouri
Greek film actress (1925-1994)
Ethel Merman
United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
Arthur Mitchell
United States dancer who formed the first Black classical ballet company (born in 1934)
Robert Mitchum
United States film actor (1917-1997)
Thelonious Sphere Monk
United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)
Norma Jean Baker
United States film actress noted for sex appeal (1926-1962)
Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert
Irish dancer (1818-1861)
Dudley Stuart John Moore
English actor and comedian who appeared on television and in films (born in 1935)
James Douglas Morrison
United States rock singer (1943-1971)
Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton
United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
Alla Nazimova
United States actress (born in Russia) (1879-1945)
Paul Leonard Newman
United States film actor (born in 1925)
Vaslav Nijinsky
Russian dancer considered by many to be the greatest dancer of the 20th century (1890-1950)
Marta Brigit Nilsson
Swedish operatic soprano who played Wagnerian roles (born in 1918)
Jessye Norman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)
Rudolf Nureyev
Russian dancer who was often the partner of Dame Margot Fonteyn and who defected to the United States in 1961 (born in 1938)
Joseph Oliver
United States jazz musician who influenced the style of Louis Armstrong (1885-1938)
Baron Olivier of Birghton
English actor best know for his Shakespearean roles (1907-1989)
Roy Orbison
United States composer and rockabilly tenor popular in the 1950s (1936-1988)
Peter Seamus O'Toole
British actor (born in Ireland in 1932)
Ignace Jan Paderewski
Polish pianist who in 1919 served as the first Prime Minister of independent Poland (1860-1941)
Niccolo Paganini
Italian violinist and composer of music for the violin (1782-1840)
Charles Christopher Parker
United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
Luciano Pavarotti
Italian tenor (born in 1935)
Anna Pavlova
Russian ballerina (1882-1931)
Edith Giovanna Gassion
French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
Mary Pickford
United States film actress (born in Canada) who starred in silent films (1893-1979)
Sidney Poitier
United States film actor and director (born in 1927)
Rosa Melba Ponselle
United States soprano (1897-1981)
Francis Poulenc
French pianist and composer (1899-1963)
Elvis Aron Presley
United States rock singer whose many hit records and flamboyant style greatly influenced American popular music (1935-1977)
Mary Leontyne Price
United States operatic soprano (born 1927)
Henry Purcell
English organist at Westminster Abbey and composer of many theatrical pieces (1659-1695)
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
composer and piano virtuoso born in Russia (1873-1943)
Charles Robert Redford
United States actor and filmmaker who starred with Paul Newman in several films (born in 1936)
Sir Ralph David Richardson
British stage and screen actor noted for playing classic roles (1902-1983)
Paul Bustill Robeson
United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976)
Edward Goldenberg Robinson
United States film actor noted for playing gangster roles (1893-1973)
Virginia Katherine McMath
United States dancer and film actress who partnered with Fred Astaire (1911-1995)
Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein
Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
Arthur Rubinstein
United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
Lillian Russell
United States entertainer remembered for her roles in comic operas (1861-1922)
Charles Camille Saint-Saens
French pianist and composer (1835-1921)
Salome
woman whose dancing beguiled Herod into giving her the head of John the Baptist
Artur Schnabel
United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
Clara Josephine Schumann
German pianist and composer of piano music; renowned for her interpretation of music, especially the music of her husband Robert Schumann (1819-1896)
Ernestine Schumann-Heink
United States operatic contralto (1861-1936)
Albert Schweitzer
French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
George C. Scott
award-winning United States film actor (1928-1999)
Peter Seeger
United States folk singer who was largely responsible for the interest in folk music in the 1960s (born in 1919)
Andres Segovia
Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
Peter Sellers
English comic actor (1925-1980)
Rudolf Serkin
United States concert pianist (born in Czechoslovakia) (1903-1991)
Ravi Shankar
Indian sitar player who popularized classical Indian music in the West (born in 1920)
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
Ted Shawn
United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ruth Saint Denis (1891-1972)
Moira Shearer
Scottish ballet dancer and actress (born in 1926)
Sarah Kemble Siddons
English actress noted for her performances in Shakespearean roles (1755-1831)
Belle Miriam Silverman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1929)
Paul Simon
United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942)
Francis Albert Sinatra
United States singer and film actor (1915-1998)
Cornelia Otis Skinner
United States actress noted for her one-woman shows (1901-1979)
Otis Skinner
United States actor (1858-1942)
Bessie Smith
United States blues singer (1894-1937)
Kathryn Elizabeth Smith
United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky
Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
Richard Starkey
rock star and drummer for the Beatles (born in 1940)
Ruth Saint Denis
United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ted Shawn (1877-1968)
Isaac Stern
United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
James Maitland Stewart
United States film actor who portrayed incorruptible but modest heros (1908-1997)
Israel Strassberg
United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States (1901-1982)
Meryl Streep
United States film actress (born in 1949)
Barbra Joan Streisand
United States singer and actress (born in 1942)
Erich von Stroheim
United States film actor (born in Austria) (1885-1957)
Dame Joan Sutherland
Australian operatic soprano (born in 1926)
Gloria May Josephine Svensson
United States actress in many silent films (1899-1983)
Maria Tallchief
United States ballerina who promoted American ballet through tours and television appearances (born in 1925)
Thomas Tallis
English organist and composer of church and secular music; was granted a monopoly in music printing with William Byrd (1505-1585)
Jessica Tandy
United States actress (born in England) who made many stage appearances, often with her husband Hume Cronyn (1909-1994)
Arthur Tatum
United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
Elizabeth Taylor
United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932)
Renata Tebaldi
Italian operatic soprano (born in 1922)
Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa
New Zealand operatic soprano (born in 1944)
Dame Alice Ellen Terry
English actress (1847-1928)
Twyla Tharp
innovative United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1941)
Dame Sybil Thorndike
English actress (1882-1976)
Spencer Tracy
United States film actor who appeared in many films with Katharine Hepburn (1900-1967)
Helen Traubel
United States operatic soprano (1903-1972)
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)
Sophie Tucker
United States vaudevillian (born in Russia) noted for her flamboyant performances (1884-1966)
Antony Tudor
United States dancer and choreographer (born in England) (1909-1987)
Galina Sergeevna Ulanova
Russian ballet dancer (1910-1998)
Peter Alexander Ustinov
British actor and playwright (1921-2004)
Sarah Vaughan
United States jazz singer noted for her complex bebop phrasing and scat singing (1924-1990)
Gaetan Vestris
Italian dancing-master for Louis XVI who was considered the greatest dancer of his day; he was the first to discard the mask in mime (1729-1808)
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
Thomas Wright Waller
United States jazz musician (1904-1943)
Ethel Waters
United States actress and singer (1896-1977)
Duke Wayne
United States film actor who played tough heroes (1907-1979)
George Orson Welles
United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)
Mae West
United States film actress (1892-1980)
Hiram King Williams
United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
Natalie Wood
United States film actress (1938-1981)
Tammy Wynetter Pugh
United States country singer (1942-1998)
Lester Willis Young
United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
Loretta Young
United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
Efrem Zimbalist
United States violinist (born in Russia) (1889-1985)
Pinchas Zukerman
Israeli violinist (born in 1948)
Maria Meneghini Callas
Greek coloratura soprano (born in the United States) known for her dramatic intensity in operatic roles (1923-1977)
Marilyn Horne
United States operatic mezzo-soprano (born 1934)
Helen Porter Mitchell
Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)
Alice-Josephine Pons
United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
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actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
a theatrical performer
artiste
a public performer (a dancer or singer)
baton twirler, twirler
someone who twirls a baton
comedian, comic
a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
cowboy, rodeo rider
a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging
dancer, professional dancer, terpsichorean
a performer who dances professionally
executant
a performer (usually of musical works)
fire-eater, fire-swallower
a performer who pretends to swallow fire
fire walker
someone who walks barefoot on burning coals
geek
a carnival performer who does disgusting acts
headliner, star
a performer who receives prominent billing
juggler
a performer who juggles objects and performs tricks of manual dexterity
conjurer, conjuror, illusionist, magician, prestidigitator
someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
minstrel
a performer in a minstrel show
monologist
an entertainer who performs alone
instrumentalist, musician, player
someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
puppeteer
one who operates puppets or marionettes
Savoyard
a person who performs in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
sightreader
a performer who reads without preparation or prior acquaintance (as in music)
snake charmer
a performer who uses movements and music to control snakes
second banana, straight man
a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
ecdysiast, exotic dancer, peeler, stripper, striptease, striptease artist
a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
strongman
a man who performs feats of strength at a fair or circus
vaudevillian
a performer who works in vaudeville
ventriloquist
a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy
accompanist, accompanyist
a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
accordionist
a musician who plays the accordion
actress
a female actor
ballet dancer
a trained dancer who is a member of a ballet company
ballet master
a man who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
ballet mistress
a woman who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
bandsman
a player in a band (especially a military band)
barnstormer, play-actor, playactor, trouper
an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
bassist
a musician who play the bass viol
bassoonist
a musician who plays the bassoon
bell ringer
someone who plays musical handbells
belly dancer, exotic belly dancer, exotic dancer
a woman who performs a solo belly dance
carillonneur
a musician who plays a carillon
cellist, violoncellist
someone who plays a violoncello
character actor
an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
chorine, chorus girl, showgirl
a woman who dances in a chorus line
clarinetist, clarinettist
a musician who plays the clarinet
buffoon, clown, goof, goofball, merry andrew
a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
comedian
an actor in a comedy
comedienne
a female comedian
dance master, dancing-master
a professional teacher of dancing
drum majorette, majorette
a female baton twirler who accompanies a marching band
corner man, end man
a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor
escape expert, escapologist
an entertainer who is expert in the art of escaping
flautist, flute player, flutist
someone who plays the flute
gagman, standup comedian
a comedian who uses gags
gambist
a musician who performs upon the viola da gamba
guitar player, guitarist
a musician who plays the guitar
ham, ham actor
an unskilled actor who overacts
harmoniser, harmonizer
a musician who sings or plays in harmony
harper, harpist
someone who plays the harp
harpsichordist
someone who plays the harpsichord
heavy
an actor who plays villainous roles
hoofer, stepper
a professional dancer
hornist
a musician who plays a horn (especially a French horn)
ingenue
an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
interlocutor, middleman
the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
jazz musician, jazzman
a musician who plays or composes jazz music
joker, jokester
a person who enjoys telling or playing jokes
kachina
a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
keyboardist
a musician who plays a keyboard instrument
koto player
a musician who plays the koto
leading man
actor who plays the leading male role
lutanist, lutenist, lutist
a musician who plays the lute
mime, mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist
an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
mind reader, telepathist, thought-reader
a magician who seems to discern the thoughts of another person (usually by clever signals from an accomplice)
nautch girl
a professional dancing girl in India
oboist
a musician who plays the oboe
organist
a person who plays an organ
percussionist
a musician who plays percussion instruments
pianist, piano player
a person who plays the piano
bagpiper, piper
someone who plays the bagpipe
plant
an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
recorder player
someone who plays the recorder
reenactor
a person who enacts a role in an event that occurred earlier
rhythm and blues musician
a performer (and sometimes composer) of rhythm and blues music
rock 'n' roll musician, rocker
a performer or composer or fan of rock music
saxist, saxophonist
a musician who plays the saxophone
scene-stealer
an actor who draws more attention than other actors in the same scene
movie actor, screen actor
an actor who plays a role in a film
singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
a person who sings
sitar player
a musician who plays the sitar
soloist
a musician who performs a solo
lead, principal, star
an actor who plays a principal role
extra, spear carrier, supernumerary
a minor actor in crowd scenes
tap dancer, tapper
a dancer who sounds out rhythms by using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes
taxi dancer
a woman employed to dance with patrons who pay a fee for each dance
top banana
the leading comedian in a burlesque show
tragedian
an actor who specializes in tragic roles
trombone player, trombonist
a musician who plays the trombone
cornetist, trumpeter
a musician who plays the trumpet or cornet
standby, understudy
an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
upstager
a selfish actor who upstages the other actors
vibist, vibraphonist
a musician who plays the vibraphone
fiddler, violinist
a musician who plays the violin
violist
a musician who plays the viola
walk-on
plays a small part in a dramatic production
Type of:
entertainer
a person who tries to please or amuse

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