The mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is a cult figure among the musical intelligentsia. It is as if she can do no wrong. She’s sung Berlioz at the Met (Les Troyens), early music all over the world, John Adams’s El Niño directed by Peter Sellers on CD and DVD. She has great majesty and poise, and a magnificent voice.
Her latest CD is a recording of Handel arias, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Harry Bicket. (By coincidence–or perhaps not–“La Diva” Renée Fleming also has a new album of Handel arias also conducted by Bicket with the same orchestra. But there is only one overlapping aria, the famous “Ombra mai f??” from Serse (often known as the “Largo” from Xerxes. Hunt Lieberson comes out on top of the battling Handel divas).
Anything that Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sings is worth hearing. The myriad colors of her voice and her diction are breathtaking. Get this CD!