Lydia Easley

Lydia Easley

Dramatic/Heroic Soprano

"Lydia Easley is a prototype for future Sentas, Isoldes and even Brünnhildes." Opera Today
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«"Her voice masters all facets needed to express introverted melancholy, extraverted grandeur, caring warmth and icy decisiveness with great ease.”»
Franfurter Allgemein -- Benedikt Stegemann 21.03.2011 (2016)
«“Lydia Easley remains the vocal luminary of this premiere, providing a solid and sensitive portray of Elsa von Brabant."»
Frankfurter Neue Presse (2017)
«“Among the soloists, Lydia Easley ranks first. Her debut as Abigail was more than impressive. She has a very agile Soprano voice, on the edge of the dramatic. Bright top notes, an effectively employed chest register and a penetrating, dramatic presentation left nothing to be desired. ”»
Nordsee-Zeitung (2017)
2017Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2016Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2016Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierFeldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg, Die (Marschallin)
2016Wagner: Das LiebesverbotIsabella
2015Wagner: Das LiebesverbotIsabella
2015Puccini: TurandotTurandot
2014Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierFeldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg, Die (Marschallin)
2013Wagner: Das LiebesverbotIsabella
2013Wagner: LohengrinElsa of Brabant
2013Wagner: RienziIrene
2012Verdi: AidaAida
2012Puccini: TurandotLiù
2011Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierFeldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg, Die (Marschallin)
2011Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2011Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorSoprano
2011Weber: Der FreischützAgathe
2011Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2010Strauss R.: Vier letzte Lieder No. 1, TrV 296 (Frühling)Soprano
2009Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2005Wagner: Die WalküreSieglinde
2005MalombraMarina
2005Britten: Peter GrimesEllen Orford

Bio

Ms. Easley has performed with opera companies and orchestras such as Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Colon, Oper Leipzig, Staatstheater Wiesbaden,   Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Teatro G. Verdi (Trieste), Orchestra Giovanile del Piemonte, and under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Friedemann Layer, Oliver Dohnànyì, Marc Piollet, Markus Foremny, Mihkel Kütson, Markus Hubner, Wolfgang Ott, Stefan Tetzlaff, Alistar Dawes and Aldo Silla. She has also collaborated with Stage Directors: Markus Hertel, Renate Ackermann, Anette Leistenschneider, Aaron Stiehl, Kay Walker-Castaldo, Cesare Lievi, Rocco Mortelliti and Massimo Cossatti. Since her debut as Abigaille (Nabucco) in 2009, Lydia Easley has sung to great critical acclaim in Germany as well. Concerning her debut as Die Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the prestigeous  “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” wrote:  “Perfection enters the stage with Lydia Easley as Field Marshal, Princess of Werdenberg. Her voice masters all facets needed to express introverted melancholy, extraverted grandeur, caring warmth and icy decisiveness with great ease.” (Benedikt Stegemann 21.03.2011) Lydia Easley has also been seen as Agathe (Der Freischütz), Die Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Liù (Turandot), Aida (title role), and Elsa (Lohengrin) participating in the Internazional Maifestpiele in Wiesbaden opposite Endrik Wottrich in 2012 and again in 2013 with Klaus Florian Vogt.  In the summer of 2013, Ms. Easley covered the roles of Irene (Rienzi) and Isabella (Das Liebesverbot) in the project ‘From Leipzig to Bayreuth’ commemorating the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, organized by the Bayreuth Festival, Oper Leipzig and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. She then followed that experience by performing Isabella (Das Liebesverbot) at the Oper Leipzig during their 2013 season, returning in 2014, and again in 2015/2016. Opening their season, Teatro G. Verdi di Trieste, Italy, invited Ms. Easley to Premier Das Liebesverbot to great acclaim. Ms. Easley debuted in the title role of Turandot in Italy, and covered the role of Tosca at the Oper Leipzig. On the concert stage Ms. Easley has sung the soprano partie in Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphonie , and was invited to sing the “Vier Lezte Lieder” (Strauss) and “Brückstücke” from Wozzeck (Berg) with the Junge Sinfonie Berlin directed by Marc Piollet in the prestigeous Berliner Philarmonie, and later with the Staatstheater Kassel.  In 2013  Easley also debuted the “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde, directed by Peter Sommerer. Recordings include Ms. Easley on the Joseph Calleja album “Tenor Arias” by Decca and under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, and her duo CD, “Copland: 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson and other songs”, with Enrico Maria Polimanti, piano.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Nabucco Abigaille Die Glocke - Bremen 2017
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca 1 week Andezeno open-air stage 2016
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg, Die (Marschallin) 1 Day Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach und Niederrheinische Sinfoniker 2016
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot Isabella 1 Day Oper Leipzig und Gewandhausorchester 2016
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot Isabella 1 Day Teatro Verdi Trieste 2015