Montrealers who attended the Fidelio conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in October 2019 will rush to this CD where the heroic Lise Davidsen, the greatest vocal appearance of the last ten years, alongside Benjamin Bernheim and André Schuen, sings the famous aria More hideous !. The record was recorded in August and October 2020, after a COVID infection in March 2020 that the Norwegian released in March 2021. It continues with Ah, perfidious of Beethoven and understands Wesendonck songs de Wagner, the «Peace, Peace my God» de The force of fate, the “Ave Maria” of theOthello by Verdi as well as the ” You know that “ from Cavalleria rusticana and the famous tune of Medea associated with Callas. Fortunately, we do not hear any noticeable damage to this exceptional voice and timbre. The improbable alliance of Cherubini, Mascagni and Wagner, it has no other goal than to expose in the workhorses of the repertoire an exceptional singer, potentially the greatest in certain jobs since Birgit Nilsson.

Lise Davidsen

★★★★ 1/2

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Elder, Decca 485 1507

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