Elsa Dreisig - Mozart X 3

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Elsa Dreisig - Mozart X 3
Elsa Dreisig (soprano), Basel Chamber Orchestra, Louis Langrée

[ Erato / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 28 January 2022

Elsa Dreisig credits Mozart with being the composer who first inspired her to become a professional singer. Now the French-Danish soprano pays him tribute with an album devoted entirely to arias from his operas. Its title, Mozart x3, reflects a programme constructed around the three masterpieces composed to libretti written by Lorenzo Da Ponte: Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. Elsa Dreisig sings arias allocated to three different characters in each of these operas. The total of nine 'Da Ponte arias' is complemented by three arias from examples of the dignified genre opera seria: La clemenza di Tito, Idomeneo and Lucio Silla. Accompanying Elsa Dreisig is the Kammerorchester Basel, conducted by Louis Langrée, now director of Paris's celebrated Opéra-Comique.

"Dreisig knows how much Mozart's recitatives tell us about his characters...She has splendid theatrical partners in Louis Langrée and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, who field a stylish basset clarinet player in 'Non più di fiori' from La Clemenza di Tito" BBC Music

"with this voice and dramatic sense - the accompanied recitatives, urgently supported by Louis Langrée and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, are unfailingly excellent - she is a singer and actor who can go far." Gramophone

"Recalling Sena Jurinac, the great 1950s soprano, in both timbre and histrionic versatility…[she] creates vivid characters in her declamation of Fiordiligi's, Susanna's and Donna Anna's recitatives, and the technical élan to carry off Elettra's and Vitellia's angry arias, reclaiming Cherubino's lovely song and Dorabella's parody outburst for sopranos." Sunday Times


Cosi fan tutte, K. 588, Act 1:
"Temerari, sortite fuori" (Fiordiligi)
"Come scoglio immoto resta" (Fiordiligi)
"Ah, scostati!" (Dorabella)
"Smanie implacabili" (Dorabella)
"In uomini, in soldati" (Despina)

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 3
"E Susanna non vien!" (Contessa)
"Dove sono i bei momenti" (Contessa)

Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 4
"Giunse alfin il momento" (Susanna)
"Deh, vieni, non tardar" (Susanna)
"Voi che sapete"

Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act 2
"Crudele? Ah no, mio bene!" (Donna Anna)
"Non mi dir, bell'idol mio" (Donna Anna)
"In quali eccessi, o Numi" (Donna Elvira)
"Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata" (Donna Elvira)
"Vedrai, carino" (Zerlina)

Idomeneo, K. 366, Act 1
"Estinto è Idomeneo?... " (Elettra)
"Tutte nel cor vi sento" (Elettra)

Lucio Silla, K. 135, Act 3:
"Pupille amate" (Cecilio)

La clemenza di Tito, K. 621, Act 2:
"Ecco il punto... " (Vitellia)
"Non più di fiori" (Vitellia)

Behind the Scenes of Mozart x 3 by Elsa Dreisig