Artists to Watch in 2023

January 7, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Lea Desandre in sleeveless light blue linen blouse, garden background out of focust
Lea Desandre (Photo: Monika Ritterhaus)

Break out your new 2023 calendar and take note of upcoming performances you won’t want to miss. Oliver’s playlist will preview artists in concert, opera, and recital such as the return of sopranos Amanda Forsythe and Erin Morley to the CSO, J’Nai Bridges and Charles Castronovo in Lyric Opera’s Carmen, and mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre in concert with Jupiter Ensemble.


Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder
IV. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft
Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Marc Albrecht, conductor
Mahler Song Cycles
Pentatone Music PTC-5186576

Alice Coote sings Mme. de Croissy in the upcoming broadcast of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Salvatore Cardillo (arr. C. Castronovo, T. Comanescu, and A. Grant): Core ‘ngrato
Charles Castronovo, tenor
Sweet Nectar
Dolce Napoli
GPR Records GPR-12012

Georges Bizet: Habanera from Carmen
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Paul Sánchez, piano
WFMT Recording 8/13/2018

J’Nai Bridges and Charles Castronovo co-star in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Carmen.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sans frayeur dans ce bois, H. 467
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Thomas Dunford, archlute
Myriam Rignol. viola da gamba
Erato  9029526995

Lea Desandre is featured with Jupiter Ensemble at University of Chicago.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Marietta’s Lied from Die Tote Stadt
Michael Spyres, tenor
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Marko Letonja, conductor
Erato 9029515666

Michael Spyres can be heard on upcoming Met broadcasts of Norma and Idomeneo.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr R. Williams): Silent Noon
Roderick Williams, baritone
Hallé Orchestra
Mark Elder, conductor
A Shropshire Lad: English Songs Orchestrated by Roderick Williams
Hallé CDHLL-7559

Roderick Williams sings the baritone solos in Music of the Baroque’s St. Matthew Passion.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, direction
Heavenly Bach
Avie AV-2547

Amanda Forsythe is featured in Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s all-Vivaldi program.

Gilda Lyons: Songs of Lament & Praise
V. An Even-Song
Laura Strickling, soprano
Joy Schreier, piano
Yarlung Records YAR-18798

Laura Strickling and pianist Shannon McGinnis give a recital for Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago this spring.

Giacomo Meyerbeyer: “Robert, toi wue j’aime” from Robert le Diable
Erin Morley, soprano
John Osborn, tenor
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Mark Minkowski, conductor
Meyerbeyer: Robert le Diable
Bru Zane BZ-1049

Erin Morley is featured in two upcoming Met HD broadcasts (Der Rosenkavalier and The Magic Flute) and in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by Riccardo Muti.

George Frideric Handel: “O Lord, whose Mercies numberless” from Saul, HWV 53
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Handel: Saul 2019 Performance Version
Philharmonia Baroque Productions Digital Release

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen co-stars in Music of the Baroque’s Jephtha to be aired on the WFMT Opera Series this summer.