Miah Persson has been dazzling audiences from San Francisco to New York this month in an unexpectedly-solo recital tour of North America, following her duo recital partner Florian Boesch’s unfortunate withdrawal due to illness. Miah, alongside pianist Malcolm Martineau, cleverly reworked the programme into a solo showcase of lieder by Edvard Grieg and Robert and Clara Schumann. The result has been overwhelmingly well-received, with the San Francisco Chronical commenting: “when the healthy remaining performer is Miah Persson, it means the audience gets to spend twice as much time luxuriating in the gift of her singing.”
Miah’s US tour has thus far taken her to the Vancouver Playhouse, Cal Performances at Berkeley, Carnegie Hall and Spivey Hall Atlanta. She will complete the tour with two performances for the Schubert Club of St Paul on 29 and 30 March 2017.
Critiquing the performance at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, The New York Times commented on Miah’s “radiant sound and refreshingly direct expressivity. She brings bloom and sweetness to her voice when called for. But she turns the sound slightly earthy or pale when the emotional situation demands it” and that “she sang meltingly”.
“The Swedish soprano put in a communicative and often dazzling appearance in Berkeley’s Hertz Hall … She boasts a combination of lustrous high notes and a husky, almost improbably expressive middle register, and her phrasing and diction are so pristine that everything she sings come through with uncommon clarity.” San Francisco Chronical
At Cal Performances Berkeley, Miah presented “a standout afternoon. Without a doubt the most bright-toned recital in a seven-day period that will include four recitals by top-rank singers (Mark Padmore, Persson, Nicholas Phan, and Sarah Connolly), the afternoon showcased a glowing-voiced Persson” … “Persson’s ability to shift with ease from a mere thread of sound to full-voiced emission, all while sounding at the peak of vocal health, was masterful.” San Francisco Classical Voice
Prior to the recital tour, Miah gave an acclaimed performance as Poppea L’Incoronazione di Poppea at Carnegie Hall as part of their Venice festival, and performed Mahler Symphony No. 4 with Basque National Orchestra. Upon returning home from the States Miah will perform Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for the Liceu Barcelona.