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Lise Davidsen


  • Rarely has a young singer made such an enormous impact on the classical music industry as Lise Davidsen. A superb talent, the Norwegian soprano shot to prominence in summer 2015 when she was crowned winner of both the Operalia and the Queen Sonja competitions. Her breakthrough performances won her the First Prize, the Birgit Nilsson Award and the Audience Prize at the Operalia competition in London as well as the prize for the best performance of Norwegian music and the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship at the Queen Sonia International Music Competition. She is also a triple winner at the 2015 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam and a recipient of many awards, including the HSBC Aix-en-Provence Laureate, Statoil Talent Bursary Award, Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Danish Singers Award 2014 and the Kirstin Flagstad Award 2015.

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  • The 17/18 season sees Davidsen making her eagerly anticipated debut as Medea by Cherubini at the Wexford Festival whilst Ariadne auf Naxos becomes the vehicle for two major company debuts: Wiener Staatsoper and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. On the concert platform she embarks upon an artistic residency with the Bergen Philharmonic as well appearing with John Storgards and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms. Other concert engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Strauss Op. 27 songs with the Oslo Philharmonic. She also appears in recital with James Baillieu in Bergen. Further ahead her engagements include debuts and leading roles with Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayreuth Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Zurich Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

    Last season, she made a series of notable debuts including Agathe in a new production of Der Freischütz at Zürich Opera House and Isabella Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, the title role Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival as well as making a hugely acclaimed London recital debut with James Baillieu in the Rosenblatt Recital Series at the Wigmore Hall: “Lise Davidsen has sprung forth, like Athene born from Zeus’s head, fully armed and ready to take on the world… It is already clear that Davidsen, 30, is set for a career in opera, and that the career will be a big one. The only question is how big. If it is to be commensurate with the size of her voice, it will be huge…” Financial Times, May 2017

    On the concert platform she has sung in Verdi’s Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Deutsch Skandinavisches Jugendorchestrer, the Philharmonia and the Danish National Symhony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Recently, Davidsen sung in the 25th Anniversary Fireworks Concert for Vestfoldfestspillene, Norway and she was also part of the opening of the Kirsten Flagstad Hall in Hamar, Norway, with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Olaf Henzold. She has sung Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder with the Randers Chamber Orchestra as well as appearing in Bucharest under the musical direction of Christian Badea singing Vier letzte Lieder. Other recent appearances include Freia Das Rheingold with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Vedernikov, as well as two notable house debuts, at Bavarian State Opera as Ortlinde Die Walküre and at Frankfurt Opera for its Ring Cycle in summer 2016.

    Lise Davidsen’s talent has attracted serious attention since the outset of her musical training. A 2014 graduate of the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, she has studied under Susanna Eken, previously gaining a degree from Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen. She made her Royal Danish Opera debut in the 2012/13 season as the Dog and Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has since returned to sing Emilia Otello and Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, and was awarded the Reumert Talentpris. In the same season she was a part of the Mozart-residency at Aix-en-Provence, where she was instantly invited back the year after to work with Waltraud Meier for the residency, A Tribute to Patrice Chèreau.

    2017/18 season / 652 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

Title role Medea
Wexford Festival Opera

Title role Ariadne auf Naxos 
Wiener Staatsoper

Title role Ariadne auf Naxos
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Opera Repertoire

Title role Médée*

Susanna Sancta Susanna

Title role Jenufa*

Vitellia La clemenza di Tito

R. Strauss
Title role Ariadne auf Naxos

Lisa Pique Dame* 

Desdemona Otello*
Amelia Un ballo in maschera*

Princess Elisabeth Tannhäuser*
Isabella Das Liebesverbot
Freia Das Rheingold
Ortlinde Die Walküre
Third Norn Götterdämmerung
Elsa Lohengrin*

Agathe Der Freischütz

*In pre

Concert repertoire

Symphony No.9
Missa Solemnis

War Requiem

Das Klagende Lied
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Symphony No. 8


Vier letzte Lieder


Wesendonk Lieder

It's one of the greatest voices I have heard

The Observer may banish me to Naxos if she doesn’t become the most wanted Wagnerian soprano of her generation

The Times

Every competition hopes to discover a major new talent. Operalia, Plácido Domingo’s international singing competition, did just that at the weekend. Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, aged 28, is the real deal… she sealed her win with singing that was strong and technically flawless, and put her name at the top of the list of young singers of her generation .

Financial Times

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