Friday, 5 February 2021

Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi - Lise Davidsen releases her second studio recording

Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi - Lise Davidsen - Decca Classics
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen will be releasing her second studio recording, Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi, on Decca Classics on 26 March 2021, an eagerly awaited (in the hackneyed phrase, but very true) follow-up to her debut disc in 2019

We caught Davidsen in March 2020 as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio at Covent Garden, her role debut [see my review], and the year also saw her role debut as Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin (a role she also sang at the Paris Opera). We also caught Davisden's 2020 Metropolitan Opera debut as part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series when she and James Baillieu gave a recital from Oscarshall Palace in Oslo [see my review].

For the new album, Davidsen is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Mark Elder. For the album she returns to the role of Leonore from Fidelio with 'Abscheulicher!' alongside Beethoven's concert aria Ah! Perfido. Davidsen also returns to the title role in Cherubini's Medea (which she sang in Wexford in 2017) with Medea's Act One aria 'Dei tuoi figli la madre'.

Alongside these will be arias from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Verdi's La forza del destino and Otello, plus Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, testifying to the young soprano's desire not yet to be pigeonholed.

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