After her sensational performances in The Royal Opera’s 2020 production of Fidelio, Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen releases her second CD, a collection of work from Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner, with a touch of Mascagni and Cherubini thrown in for good measure. Justifiably touted as one of the greatest new talents in opera (ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano describes her voice as 'one-in-a-million'), Davidsen includes repertoire she’s already become noted for, including Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? from Fidelio, and Wagner’s sublime Wesendonck-Lieder.
Recorded during the summer of 2020, Davidsen’s extraordinary voice is more than ably backed up by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Sir Mark Elder.
1. Beethoven: Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? (Fidelio)
2-4. Beethoven: Ah! Perfido, Op. 65
5. Cherubini: Dei tuoi figli la madre tu vedi (Medee)
6. Mascagni: Voi lo sapete o mamma (Cavalleria rusticana)
7. Verdi: Pace, pace mio Dio! (La forza del destino)
8. Verdi: Ave Maria (Otello)
9-13. Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder
Lise Davidsen soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
“Another fine album from an artist who, quite simply, is one of the greatest voices to be heard today.” Gramophone
"Lise Davidsen's vocal mastery shines on new album... For many listeners these performances [Wesendonck-Lieder] will be the album’s chief attraction, since Isolde is a role Davidsen plans to take on in a few years. Judging by her luminous singing here, it will be worth the wait." The Independent
"There is so much to enjoy in the young Norwegian soprano’s singing, I am reluctant not to join in the blanket adulation of a new artist promoted by her record company as a 'voice of the century'... the glorious top of the voice shines in an exquisitely graded messa di voce in Pace, pace from Verdi’s La forza del destino." Sunday Times
Gramophone Editor's Choice, April 2021