Soprano Heidi Melton Shows Promise in Strauss’s ‘Four Last Songs’

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz (conductor), Heidi Melton (soprano), Music Center at Strathmore

“I have the Elisabeth Schwarzkopf recording, and she doesn’t sound anything like that,” one concertgoer was overheard to complain at intermission of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert Saturday night at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

In context, “she” was the young American soprano Heidi Melton, and the recording was Schwarzkopf’s radiant 1965 performance, forever immortalized, of Richard Strauss’s “Four Last Songs,” which also formed the centerpiece of the BSO’s all-German program led by conductor Markus Stenz…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, May 24, 2015)

Photo by Simon Pauly
Photo by Simon Pauly