American dramatic soprano Lise Lindstrom has dazzled the world with compelling performances that are “truly world-class”. Her unique vocal power combined with her expansive range, extensive palette of vocal colours, and unrivalled stagecraft, makes her one of the most sought-after talents of her generation.
In roles that range from Turandot to Senta, Elektra and Brünnhilde, Lindstrom’s distinguished career has taken her to the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Teatro alla Scala.
In 2016 Lindstrom performed Brünnhilde in her first-ever full Ring Cycle for Opera Australia for which she was awarded the Green Room Award and Helpmann Award. The critics went wild as “Lindstrom, a tremendous Brunnhilde throughout…ended the Ring in a blaze of glory literally and metaphorically”. A leading interpreter of Wagner’s heroines, Lindstrom has also portrayed Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with San Francisco Opera, Polish National Opera and New Orleans Opera, both Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser with Greek National Opera, and Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where Der Opernfreund proclaimed “a sleek powerhouse entered the stage….A magnificent ‘Hojotoho.’”
Lindstrom’s engagements in the 18-19 season include title role in Elektra for the Wiener Staatsoper, Brünnhilde in the full Ring Cycle and Die Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten both for the Staatsoper Hamburg, title role in Salome for Opera Australia, Brünnhilde in Gotterdammerung for Oper Leipzig and in Die Walkure for Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In concert, she sings Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Recent operatic engagements include Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper with Yannick Nezet-Seguin; Marie in Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien; Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at the Hamburg Staatsoper with Kent Nagano; and Turandot at the Wiener Staatsoper and for San Diego Opera. In the 16-17 season, in addition to her Ring Cycle in Australia, Lindstrom made her role debut as Die Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten in a new production with the Hamburg Staatsoper under the baton of Kent Nagano; joined the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Pietari Inkinen as Brünnhilde in excerpts from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung; and made house debuts with the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden – all as Turandot.
Other recent successes include concert performances of Elektra with Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Verbier Festival; Elektra for Opera de Montreal with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and with Hamburg Staatsoper; Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper; and Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Seoul Arts Center, San Diego Opera and Palau de les Arts Valencia. In addition, she was heard alongside the Vienna Philharmonic as Turandot in Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation in cinemas worldwide.
Recent concert performances include Turandot with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung, Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, the final scene of Salome with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas; Strauss Vier letzte Lieder in San Francisco; a concert of Wagner at the Glimmerglass Festival; Verdi Requiem at the Washington National Cathedral; Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Detroit Symphony, and Turandot with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel.
Born and raised in California, Lise Lindstrom was introduced to music by her mother, a singer and music teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University and Master of Music degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Cassandra Les Troyens
Maddalena Andrea Chenier
Title role Turandot
Title role Tosca
Minnie La fanciulla del West
Manon Manon Lescaut
The Woman Erwartung
Els Der Schatzgräber
Title role Ariadne auf Naxos
Kaiserin Die Frau ohne Schatten
Title role Elektra
Title role Salome
Amelia Un ballo in maschera
Elisabetta di Valois Don Carlo
Lady Macbeth Macbeth
Senta Der fliegende Holländer
Brünnhilde Die Walküre
Venus, Elisabeth Tannhäuser
Symphony No. 2
Vier Letzte Lieder
*title role Elektra at the Wiener Staatsoper
*Brunnhilde in full 'Ring Cycle' for Hamburg Staatsoper
*title role Salome for Opera Australia
*Brunnhilde in Gotterdammerung for Oper Leipzig
Eclipsing all others, rightly, was the Salome of Lise Lindstrom…who must be regarded as one of the finest living exponents of this fearsomely taxing role. She has the seductive looks, the cruel half-smile, the mesmerising stage presence and, above all, the vocal range and cutting edge.
Lindstrom is glorious as Brünnhilde, headstrong and mercurial but also pensive and supple. There is a ringing, exalted aspect to her performance, and her voice is winningly warm and penetrating.
Sydney Morning Herald
Regal, beautiful, every inch the daughter of a god but also a fatally wounded mortal, hers was a consummate performance as she ended the Ring in a blaze of glory literally and metaphorically.