Lise returned to her home town of Stokke on 22 December for two sold-out festive performances at the Stokke Church. The concerts, titled “Lise Davidsen & Friends”, saw Lise performing alongside fellow singers Ingeborg Soot and Aleksander Nohr as well as accordionist Ida Løvlid Hidle and Tonny Krokengen on organ and piano.
While in Stokke Lise was delighted to be awarded the Stokke Kommunes Cultur award and the Stokke Rotary Honorary Award for 2016.
“I am hugely honoured and humbled to receive these accolades. Thank you to both awarding bodies for selecting me for these honours, the perfect icing on the cake to a wonderful 2016!”
Lise makes her role debut as Santuzza in Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana with Norwegian National Opera on 17 December 2016. Performing under the baton of Robert Trevino and directed by Kasper Holten and Paul Curran, Lise stars alongside Marita Sølberg, Henrik Engelsviken and Yngve Søberg.
Santuzza is Lise’s second role debut of the season, following Agathe in Der Freischütz at Opernhaus Zürich in September. She makes a third major debut next summer when she sings the title role of Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Lise makes her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 3 November in a performance of Verdi Requiem conducted by Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall in London. She will be joined by soloists Karen Cargill, René Barbera, and Alexander Vinogradov, as well as the Rodolfus Choir and the Philharmonia Voices.
Following her performance in London, Lise takes part in the 23rd Grand Opera Gala at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 5 November. Davidsen will sing alongside a star line-up that includes Patrizia Ciofi, Gregory Kunde, Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Michael Spyres, whilst William Spaulding conducts the choir and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The proceeds from the charity event will benefit the work of the German AIDS Foundation in Germany and the project HOPE Cape Town in South Africa.
Further engagements this season include Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana at the Norwegian National Opera, as well as the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with both North Norway Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2017.
Lise begins the 2016/17 season at Opernhaus Zürich, where she makes her debut as Agathe in Herbert Fritsch’s new production of Der Freischütz on 18 September. The role marks Lise’s first major debut in a leading role, ahead of a season which includes operatic appearances such as Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana with Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, Isabelle Das Liebesverbot with Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and her much anticipated Glyndebourne Festival debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos.
Concert appearances for Lise this season include Verdi Requiem with Edward Gardner and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London; Strauss Four Last Songs with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Edo de Waart at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; a Rosenblatt Recital at the Wigmore Hall; and an appearance at the AIDS Gala in Berlin.
Performances of Der Freischütz continue until 22 October. Click here for full details.
Lise begins an exciting new season in September, during which she makes a string of major debuts at houses across Europe.
Lise opens the opera season on 18 September with her role debut as Agathe in Der Freischütz at Zurich Opera House, her first appearance with the company. She also makes role debuts as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Norwegian National Opera in January 2017 and in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra in March. She sings Ariadne again in July for her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
In concert, Lise joins Edward Gardner and the Philharmonia Orchestra to perform Verdi Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in November, followed by the AIDS Gala at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she sings “Dich teure Halle” from Tannhäuser. She also sings Strauss Four Last Songs with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in Utrecht and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in January, and gives a Rosenblatt Recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in May.
Lise appeared on NRK Radio’s Sommer i P2 programme on 6 July speaking about her beginnings in the music industry and life as an international opera singer. The programme is available to listen online worldwide via the NRK Radio website. Listen here.
Note: this interview is in Norwegian only.
Rosenblatt Recitals have announced their 2016/17 season, featuring leading artists and rising stars, including Lise Davidsen. Making her series debut at Wigmore Hall on 9 May 2017, Lise’s recital features songs by Sibelius, Strauss, Grieg, and arias by Cherubini, Verdi, Giordano, Mascagni, Weber, and Wagner.
A week later, Lise will head to Glyndebourne to begin preparations for highly anticipated debut at Glyndebourne in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in Katharina Thoma’s production, opening on 25 June.
Glyndebourne Festival’s 2017 programme was announced on Tuesday 3 May, and features Lise’s UK opera debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in Katharina Thoma’s production, opening on 25 June.
After her wins at the Operalia, Queen Sonja and Belvedere competitions, Lise has also been announced as an HSBC Aix en Provence Laureate, and the winner of the Gladsaxe Music Prize 2016 and the Statsoil Bursary Award. Other engagements next season include Agathe in a new production of Der Freischütz in Zurich, Four Last Songs at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Edo de Wart, Verdi’s Requiem in London with the Philharmonia and Edward Gardner, and Isabella Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires.
Full cast details of Glyndebourne Festival 2017 will be announced at a later date. Priority booking for the 2017 festival begins on 1 December, while public booking opens on 5 March 2017.
Lise makes her debut at Oper Frankfurt in the theatre’s upcoming Ring Cycle, beginning with the role of Freia in Das Rheingold on 5 May 2016. The cycle is conducted by Sebastian Weigle and directed by Vera Nemirova. Lise performs as Freia again on 1 July and also sings the Third Norn in Götterdämmerung on 16 May and 17 July.
Lise received universal acclaim last summer as the winner of Operalia and Queen Sonja competitions:
“Lise Davidsen, 28, is an extraordinary, distinctive dramatic soprano with a brilliant Wagnerian career ahead of her if her exhilarating performance of ‘Dich Teure Halle’ from Wagner’s Tannhäuser in this final is anything to go by. She has tremendous stature and presence, singing with a radiant tone that has an attractive, fluty purity and a laser’s edge that cuts through an orchestra playing at full tilt.”
Opera Now, September 2015
Next season Davidsen makes her house and role debut as Agathe in a new production of Der Freischutz at Opernhaus Zurich, performs Strauss Vier Laetzte Lieder at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Edo de Wart and makes her company debuts with Teatro Colon and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In the future she makes major company debuts including at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Met, Wiener Staatsoper, Aix en Provence Festivals and Teatro Real, Madrid.
2015 was a standout year for Lise Davidsen. She was crowned winner of both Operalia and the Queen Sonja competitions, taking home multiple prizes at each. She also won three prizes at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, won the Statoil Talent Scholarship and was named as 2015 HSBC Laureate of the Académie of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Highlights so far in the 15/16 season include Lise’s Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Ortlinde in Die Walküre, and her performance at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
In 2016, Lise will make her house debut at Oper Frankfurt for its Ring Cycle in summer 2016 where she will sing the role of Freia in Das Rheingold and the Third Norn in Götterdämmerung. More exciting performances to be announced very soon!