Lise Davidsen made a stunning debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday night in a new production of Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.” The Norwegian soprano was the star of the show, delivering a performance that was both vocally powerful and emotionally nuanced.
Davidsen, who has quickly become one of the most acclaimed singers in the world, sang the role of the Marschallin with an impressive combination of strength and delicacy. Her expressive phrasing brought the character's inner turmoil to life, and the richness of her voice filled the auditorium.
The production, which was conducted by Kirill Petrenko, was a modern take on the classic opera. The set was sleek and minimalistic, and the costumes were contemporary. This gave the production a fresh feeling that allowed the focus to remain on the singers.
The cast was excellent, with Davidsen being the standout. Her chemistry with tenor Matthew Polenzani, who sang the role of the Italian Singer, was especially noteworthy. The two created a beautiful, romantic moment that was captivating to watch.
But Davidsen was not only impressive vocally; she also brought a new level of emotion to the role. Her nuanced acting was a testament to her growing maturity as an artist.
The audience responded to Davidsen's performance with a standing ovation, and it was clear that this won't be the last time we hear her sing at the Met. Lise Davidsen is a star on the rise, and she proved on Saturday night that she is ready to take her place among the greats.