Selected reviews

BBC New Generation Artists Recital
Wigmore Hall

January 2010
The Daily Telegraph, Michael White

"Daniela Lehner: a young voice to knock you sideways.

(...) There was everything you could want: excitement, fire, attack - and above all, the smooth, rich, substantial colouring of a potentially great voice, which she certainly knows how to use to its advantage.

She tells the story of a song as though her life depended on it. And given a text that unfolds in a strongly characterised manner, she's in her element -delivering the detail with relish and rising to whatever grand gestures the music and text demand."


BBC New Generation Artists Recital
Wigmore Hall

January 2010
Musical Pointers, Serena Fenwick

"A brief let up in the winter weather allowed a good sized audience to slither their way over the icy pavements and bask in the shelter of a little musical springtime in this very pleasing lunchtime recital.

Roger Vignoles needs no introduction of course, but there haven't been too many opportunities for London audiences to hear the Austrian mezzo Daniela Lehner since she completed her studies at GSMD, where, most memorably, she appeared as a touchingly vulnerable Mignon.

No shrinking violet on this occasion, Lehner was quick to establish her credentials as a mature artist with a strong sense of feeling for the words of the lieder she had chosen.  (...) What impressed me most about this recital was the intelligent and unusual choice of repertoire. Gently humoured Mozart led us to a more substantial selection from Wolf. Then to Zemlinsky, as testing for the pianist as the singer, and as satisfying a marriage of words and music as one can hope to hear.

Guastavino's The Rose and the Willow bridged the leap from the old world to the new neatly, preparing us for the south American charm of Ginastera's Popular Songs (...) - a delightful way to end a short recital."


BBC New Generation Artists Recital
Wigmore Hall
January 2010
The Catholic Herald, Michael White

"(...) Ms Lehner
's sound is the sound of the New York Met, (...) the sound of La Scala, Milan (on a good night); the sound of pure class."

BBC New Generation Artists Recital
Brinkburn Festival
July 2008
Thomas Hall

"Recital partners mezzo-soprano Daniela Lehner and pianist Jose Luis Gayo made their debuts under BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme - their concerts recorded for future broadcast.

It was an Austrian and German theme for Lehner and Gayo who opened with a delightful set of folksong arrangements before a selection of Schubert lieder and Schumann's cycle Frauenliebe und Leben (A woman's love and life).

Young she may be in terms of singers, but Lehner already has a maturity of voice that takes her from limpid lyricism to dynamic, intense highs all with the clearest of diction and engaging characterisation. Gayo's artistry was responsive to each subtle change of meaning and tone, playing with joyful freedom in the closing songs by Erich Korngold."

 

Linz European City of Culture 2009
Kronenzeitung

27 January 2009
Balduin Sulzer

"...Mezzo soprano Daniela Lehner and her pianist José Luis Gayo:
An exceptional voice and an exceptional creative talent. ...A magic moment!"


 

Opera Now Magazine
November/December 2006
Brendan G. Carroll

"Daniela Lehner, an exceptional Austrian mezzo, is a star of the future. Currently at the Guildhall, she recently made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall and here she brought distinction to a group of charming Austrian songs, especially Die zwei Rosen. Her voice is beautifully placed, well supported and with a highly individual timbre."

 

 

Musical Opinion Magazine
Wigmore Hall

May/June 2007
Robert Matthew-Walker

"In the current Kirckman Concert Society's series of presentations of outstanding young musicians at the Wigmore Hall few could match the consistent excellence of the mezzo-soprano Daniela Lehner, whose programme proved to be notable experience. (...)
Mark my words: Daniela Lehner is a mezzo-soprano deserving of a major international career."