About ten months ago I wrote my first blog post on this very blog about the very talented Australian countertenor David Hansen. Since then David has become even more known and appreciated throughout the world.
I’m sure there are better ways in measuring David’s rising popularity than this, but my first blog post about David is my most popular blog post ever! Be that as it may. What is quite clear is that more and more people out there are discovering David’s wonderful voice!
So it’s time to present more glorious singing from the wonderful Australian countertenor David Hansen! Here we go!
Let’s start with some Handel arias! In the first video David Hansen sings “Quella flamma” from Arminio with Nicholas Daniel on oboe from a concert at the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Risør, Norway in 2012. What a magnificent musical collaboration!
In the next video David Hansen sings “Se in fiorito” from Giulio Cesare with Øyvind Bjorå on violin. I believe the video is from a performance around 2010-2011 in Oslo, Norway. Wonderful!
I’m just thinking … Wouldn’t that performance be even better with a dove and a full orchestra? Let’s see! David Hansen sings together with the violinist Øyvind Bjorå and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Helmer Fiore in a performance from 2010 at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo. What a classy and fun performance!
The fourth video is also the last Handel video in this blog post. For more videos where David sings Handel see my first blog post about him. In this video David Hansen sings “He was despised” from Messiah with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Graham Abbott. I’ve heard David sing Messiah live two times. Lucky me!
After Handel it must be time for some Vivaldi! David performed the role of Ottone in the Vivaldi opera Griselda at the Pinchgut Opera in Sydney in November/December 2011. See my first blog post about David for two more wonderful arias from that opera. In the next video David Hansen sings the aria “Vede orgogliosa l’onda”. Orchestra of the Antipodes is conducted by Erin Helyard. I have no words!
We end this David Hansen extravaganza with Mozart. In 2012 David performed the role Cherubino in the Mozart opera Le Nozze di Figaro at Teatro Verdi in Sassari in Italy. In the last video David Hansen sings “Voi che sapete” from the rehearsals on 28th October 2012. This could indeed be considered a victory for the countertenor voice as the role of Cherubino is most often sung by a woman! Bravo, David!
This year has already been a wonderful year for David with several engagements in opera and oratorios, as well as many solo concerts, in Europe and in Australia.
Recently David’s début solo recording Rivals was released on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (a Sony Classical label) on CD, for download on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify and elsewhere. Rivals has received many great reviews. Surely this must be the countertenor CD of the year! Read about and listen to samples from Rivals on my blog post.
This fall David is performing at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo in his debut as Prince Go-Go in the Ligeti opera Le Grand Macabre. I was so lucky to see the première and David was wonderful in this very demanding role.
In December this year David will return to his home country Australia to sing the title role in the Cavalli opera Giasone at the Pinchgut Opera in Sydney. I guess you haven’t missed the poster for this performance at the top of this blog post? This and so much more to look forward to!
We all remember his name now: David Hansen.
And David has indeed conquered the world.
This post was originally published 13-09-2013. Last revision 13-09-2013.