Monday 7 June 2021
Ombra compagna is The Sunday Times' Recording of the Week
Indeed, there is an instrumental quality to her beguiling soprano that makes light of the demands of these mini-masterpieces.
Lisette Oropesa, prized as a bel canto heroine and for her performance in Verdi’s La traviata, declares Mozart her favourite composer from her earlier career as a flautist. Indeed, there is an instrumental quality to her beguiling soprano that makes light of the demands of these mini-masterpieces. The finest solos here were made for three singers Mozart admired: his first love and eventual sister-in-law, Aloysia Weber; Luisa Villeneuve, his first Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte; and the Prague soprano Josepha Duschek. Oropesa’s tangy soprano soars in Vorrei spiegarvi (for Weber), challenging the oboe obbligatist with her pearly notes, and she suggests a sultry sensuality in Vado ma dove? (Villeneuve) and estimable trills in Bella mia fiamma (Duschek). Oropesa’s dazzling debut recital whets the appetite for more.
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