Lise has been nominated for the Young Singer award at the 2017 International Opera Awards. Previous winners of the award since their founding in 2012 include Justina Gringytė, Jamie Barton and Sophie Barton.
The Awards aim to raise the profile of opera as an art form and recognise, reward and develop talent from around the world. Over the last four years, the International Opera Awards has raised funds for the Opera Awards Foundation to support 48 bursaries for aspiring artists, including singers, directors, conductors, répétiteurs and accompanists.
Lise joins the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in Copenhagen on 11 February to sing Verdi Requiem. Lise is joined for the performance by fellow soloists Olesya Petrova, Insung Sim and Giorgio Berrugi and conductor Fabio Luisi.
Lise performed Verdi Requiem in November for her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall:
“Lise Davidsen, fearless and outgoing is also refined and intimate. […] How could even the most heartless dictator resist Lise Davidsen’s indomitable ‘Libera me’? She put everything into it – bright and intense – and always at the right moment she softened her tone and dynamic.”
Following her performance with the Danish Radio Symphony, Lise returns to Norway to make her debut as Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic, and also reprises Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lise travels to Amsterdam this month to give her debut performance at the Concertgebouw, singing Strauss Four Last Songs with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Edo de Waart on 29 January. They also perform the piece at the Tivoli Vredenburg concert Hall in Utrecht on 27 January.
Lise also sings the Four Last Songs in February with the Oslo Philharmonic. Further highlights for Lise this season include her debut at this summer’s Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos, which she also sings this season with Arctic Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra. She also makes her role debut as Isabella in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
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.