Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi w/London PhilharmonicDecca Classics
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Few young singers merit the superlatives bestowed on them as "powerhouse" (Guardian) Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen. The award-winner releases her second studio album – Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi – with Decca Classics, the label that launched her self-titled debut in 2019 to universal praise.
Recorded in London during the summer and autumn of 2020, Davidsen is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder on this hotly-anticipated new record offering listeners an audience with "one of the greatest vocal talents to have emerged in recent years, if not decades" (Gramophone).
Lise Davidsen's Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner is bold, encapsulating and full of drama / The Classic Review
The Classic Review's Leighton Jones writes......Soprano Lise Davidsen's second solo album follows on from her first highly successful release. There is nothing understated from her performances. Bold, encapsulating and full of drama, Davidsen has a distinguished voice, highly expressive and brimming with color. Turning to Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner, Davidsen chose a repertoire that suits the charact...
Mild-mannered soprano; Lise Davidsen is turning heads in the opera world / NPR
NPR's Tom Huizenga writes.....Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen's voice has been called one-in-a-million. A young, mild-mannered soprano from Norway with a huge voice has been turning heads in the opera world. Davidsen is an emerging star whose voice has been called one-in-a-million. It can soar like a rocket over enormous orchestras. And yet on her new album, in the Verdi aria, "Pace, pace mio Dio...
What is Lise Davidsen listening to during lockdown? / GRAMOPHONE
What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time …Gramophone's 2018 Young Artist of the Year, Soprano: Lise Davidsen's most recent release of Richard Strauss and Wagner was an Editor's Choice in June 2019. Her critically acclaimed performance as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio, from ...
Lise Davidsen is outstanding in the Royal Opera's 'Fidelio' / Financial Times
In conceiving a political opera, Beethoven took the art form into new territory. It would be a generation before anybody else followed. His heartfelt cry for justice for political prisoners resonates as powerfully now as it did in his own time. This year marks Beethoven's 250th anniversary and Fidelio is a key work in arguing how relevant his music still is. The Royal Opera has stepped forwar...
Lise Davidsen's DECCA debut makes 'npr:10 classical albums to usher in the next decade'
Traditions worth saving still need need practitioners and advocates who are willing to propel them forward. Classical music boasts a long, rich history - about 1000 years - of transformation, adaptation, tumult and triumph. From radical, boundary-bashing composers to brave and bold interpreters, the music has remained vibrantly alive even as prognosticators routinely forecast its demise. The list bel...
Lise Davidsen's Wagner and Strauss makes 'npr: best debut albums of 2019'
Who made a big noise - or cast an intoxicating spell - with a debut album in 2019? There are many more answers to that rhetorical than we could compile here. And let's state for the record that while Lil Nas X might have had the biggest breakout year, that was on the strength of an unignorable single, much more than his mixed-bag debut EP. (Anyway, "Old Town Road," technically a 2018 release, gets it...
Lise Davidsen's memorable MET debut / New York Classical Review
It's not often these days that a debut leads the marquee in a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. In the era of the international superstar, major companies are more likely to try to fill the house by advertising a bankable name than by enticing audiences with the promise of new talent. So when a soprano gets the PR blitz that Lise Davidsen has enjoyed for her introduction to the Met, it's hard to...
Lise Davidsen makes a radiant Met Opera debut in Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' / The New York Times
Deep in the somber second act of Tchaikovsky's opera "The Queen of Spades," an old countess suddenly turns curmudgeonly critic. The culture, she complains, isn't what it was when she was young, in the glory days of 18th-century Russia. "They don't know how to dance or sing," she sniffs at the new generation. "Who dances or sings today?" Well, there's at least one easy answer to that question: the sop...
Self-titled debut album from dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen enters CLASSIC fM chart at #3
The score to Avengers: Endgame by Alan Silvestri has jumped up from No. 12 to No. 1 in this week's chart, following the film's box office success, as does Bear McCreary's score to Godzilla – King of Monsters, which jumps up 14 places to No. 5 this week. Also making a jump in the chart is new entry Lise Davidsen, the self-titled album by the up-and-coming Norwegian soprano. Rec...
Lise Davidsen is first operatic soprano to debut #1 on the UK Classical Charts / udiscovermusic.
Norwegian lyric dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen makes history as her debut self-titled solo album tops the Official UK Classical Artist Chart – she is the first operatic soprano to debut at No. 1. The album includes Strauss' Four Last Songs, as well as arias from Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Wagner's Tannhäuser performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Davidsen s...