“For many years Michael Fine urged me to make this recording. The program I recorded reflects my career and the operas that I have interpreted on stage the most. As an Italian opera singer, I am very proud and honored to present this recital recording of Italian soprano arias.”
- Maria Luigia Borsi
“Once in a while, the opera gods take pity on us poor impresarios and send us a genuine Italian lyric soprano. Maria Luigia Borsi is the real thing.”
Appearing here in her début solo album, Italian lyric soprano Maria Luigia Borsi has been acclaimed for her ‘grace, beauty, animation and variety’ (The Sunday Times). Her Willow Song from Verdi’s Otello has been described as ‘gorgeously sung’ (Opera News) and her rôle in Puccini’s Turandot as demonstrating ‘extraordinary communicative skills’ (Opera Magazine). This programme includes some of the most moving and dramatic arias from Italian opera, including the tragic heartbreak of Madama Butterfly and the shimmering beauty of Catalani’s Ebben? Ne andrò lontana from La Wally.
Listen to an excerpt from Puccini's La bohème: Donde lieta usci
About the Artists
Hailed by critics worldwide for her vocal dynamism and interpretive prowess, Italian lyric soprano Maria Luigia Borsi has forged a career that has taken her throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, performing with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. Ms. Borsi began her career as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot at the Teatro alla Scala, later making her Venetian debut for the historic reopening of the Gran Teatro La Fenice singing the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.
A frequent guest with the world’s great opera companies, Yves Abel has conducted performances at the major opera houses of Europe, America and the Far East. As principal guest conductor of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, from 2005 to 2011, he conducted new productions of Don Pasquale, Simon Boccanegra, d’Albert’s Tiefland and Carmen, as well as performances of Le nozze di Figaro, La traviata, Dialogues des Carmélites, La bohème and Carmina Burana.
The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since its formation in 1904, it has featured superb orchestral musicians from all over the world, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work. The LSO is Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London, presenting more than seventy concerts a year to its London audiences, and a further seventy concerts abroad on tour.