Star soprano Lise Davidsen says opera works cannot “hide behind tradition” and praises works that continue to keep the genre fresh.
The 35-year-old Norwegian singer, who will perform at this year’s Last Night Of The Proms, said opera can “do what theater… (and) film can do”.
Speaking to i newspaper, Davidsen recalled hearing crowds in Bayreuth, Germany boo non-traditional performances of Wagner’s operas, who didn’t appreciate the “radical” reinterpretations of Wagner’s works. composer – which she describes as “disrespectful”.
“We cannot hide behind tradition,” she said.
“What theater can do, opera can do; what movies can do, opera can do.
We cannot hide behind tradition. What theater can do, opera can do; what movies can do, opera can do. I want us to keep making these new products and I want them to continue to fail or succeedSoprano Lise Davidsen
“I want us to keep making these new products, and I want them to continue to fail or succeed.
“I think that’s the whole point. By trying, we learn something new for next time. “
Davidsen will perform alongside Dame Harriet Walter at Last Night Of The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on September 10, and said she has been preparing “like crazy” for the event.
“It’s the closest thing a classical singer can get to being a rock star,” she told me.
“I’m glad I’ve done Prom before because I know the concept of standing audiences and how close they are to you.
“But this looks like a very, very different evening.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/star-soprano-lise-davidsen-opera-productions-cannot-hide-behind-tradition-41949323.html Soprano star Lise Davidsen: Opera works can’t hide behind tradition