Eric Ferring on Songs from the LGBTQ+ Perspective

October 8, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Eric Ferring (Photo: Simon Pauly)

Next month, the debut solo album of tenor Eric Ferring with pianist Madeline Slettedahl, No Choice but Love: Songs of the LGBTQ+ Community, will be released on Lexicon Classics. Eric Ferring joins Oliver to preview the double-CD album which seeks to highlight diverse LGBTQIA+ voices and perspectives through art song. No Choice But Love features works by Manuel de Falla, Francis Poulenc, Ethel Smyth, Benjamin Britten as well as works by some of today’s leading composers like Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, and Jennifer Higdon.

Watch Eric Ferring’s performance from the finals of the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup below.


All selections performed by Eric Ferring and Madeline Slettedahl from the upcoming album No Choice But Love on Lexicon Classics. Release date: November 18, 2022. Pre-order album HERE.

Willie Alexander III: Sure On This Shining Night

Francis Poulenc: Tel jour, telle nuit
IX. Nous avons fait la nuit

Jake Heggie: Friendly Persuasions
III. Raymonde Linossier

Jennifer Higdon: Lilacs

Benjamin Britten: Canticle 1: “My beloved is mine and I am his”

Ethel Smyth: On the Road

Mari Esabel Vlaverde: Two Tove Ditlevsen Poems
I. Så tag mit Hjerte (Then take my heart)
II. Mit hjerte er blevet borte (My heart has gone missing)

Ben Moore: Love Remained
II. Uncle Ronnie

Ricky Ian Gordon: Joy