Linda Richardson's debut solo recording, ITALIAN OPERA ARIAS, is released on 8 January by Chandos Records.
The recording with the Sinfonia of London, conducted by John Wilson, features arias from operas including La traviata, La forza del destino, Anna Bolena, La bohème and Madama Butterfly.
Linda Richardson writes: ‘I have had the privilege of performing many of the great leading soprano roles in the operatic repertoire, but as my career progressed, I found a special love and affinity for the roles that stood as pillars in Italian opera. The beautiful melodic lines, dramatic language, and the overall musical craftsmanship of these Italian composers make their characters especially thrilling. I chose these particular arias because they show the huge variety of heroines that can be found in the greatest Italian operas. Although most of the arias are expressions of love and loss it is the individual emotional journey of each character which I find so compelling.’