“Lucrezia Borgia” is one of the most challenging soprano roles of the Bel Canto repertoire. It is a part that sopranos relish to sing due to the complexity of the character and the flashiness of the music. So when a new soprano takes on the part for the first time, it is always exciting to wonder how that singer will make it her own.
This week Lidia Fridman makes her role debut as the perverse Lucrezia Borgia at the Teatro Trieste Verdi adding her second Donizetti role to her repertoire. This will also mark the Russian soprano’s house debut.
Since graduating conservatory, Fridman has triumphed at the Donizetti Opera Festival and the Festival della Valle d’Itria. She has also sung a number of roles from Mozart, Puccini, Albinoni, Rossini, and Pergolesi, among others and has participated in important international competitions.
Regarding her performances of “L’Ange di Nisida” at the Donizetti Opera Festival, OperaWire called Fridman “impeccable,” “sublime” and a big surprise. It was also the production that put her on the map. With a burgeoning career, this “Lucrezia Borgia” will be an important step in the soprano’s career.
While Fridman has no commercial recordings, there is a DVD of “L’Ange di Nisida” slated to be released by Dynamic.
Here is a recording for her breakout performance as Manfroce’s “Ecuba.”
Here she is singing “La Satira” from Albinoni.