Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi and becoming a mezzo

Friday, April 2, 2021

The German singer releases an album that finds her exploring a composer who entered her life very early on

Anna Lucia Richter's second album for Pentatone, 'Il delirio della passione', is devoted to the music of Claudio Monteverdi, a programme she put together with Luca Pianca, who directs Ensemble Claudiana on the recording.

James Jolly caught up with Anna Lucia by video call to talk about the project, but also hear about her decision to switch from singing soprano to mezzo-soprano. Making use of the 'down-time' afforded her by lockdown, she worked with Prof Tamar Rachum in Tel Aviv via Skype and phone to develop her 'new voice'.

Anna Lucia Richter's first album for Pentatone, 'Heimweh', a Schubert Lieder programme, was named an Editor's Choice in May 2019.

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