Lise has been named as Young Artist of the Year at the 2018 Gramophone Awards, which were held in London on 13 September. Lise also performed with pianist James Baillieu and closed the evening with a performance of Richard Strauss’ ‘Morgen’ with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, Neeme Järvi.
This season Lise makes her Bayreuth Festival debut as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, which she also sings in return visits to Zurich Opera and the Bavarian State Opera. Other highlights include Liza The Queen of Spades at Stuttgart Opera and her debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as Freia Das Rheingold, Ortlinde Die Walküre and Third Norn Götterdämmerung. As well as appearing at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, she performs Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Danish National and Stavanger Symphony orchestras and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sieglinde in Die Walküre with the Antwerp and Toronto Symphony orchestras and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Lise recently signed to Decca Classics and her debut album is slated for release in Spring 2019. It will feature Strauss Four Last Songs and arias from Ariadne auf Naxos and Tannhäuser.
Lise returns to the UK this month for concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, performing alongside the Oslo Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras. On 16 August, Lise joins the Oslo Philharmonic and conductor Vasily Petrenko at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall to sing Richard Strauss’ orchestral songs, which she also performs with the orchestra four days earlier in Oslo’s Castle Square.
On 30 August, Lise takes the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to sing Verdi Requiem with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Lise made her Proms debut last season singing Sibelius Luonnotar and excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lise also gives a recital in Vilabertran in Spain on 23 August, singing Lieder by Grieg, Brahms, Wagner, Strauss and Sibelius with pianist James Baillieu.
Lise returns to the title role of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos from 4 July, starring in Katie Mitchell’s new production at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Lise is a former artist of the Académie d’Aix-en-Provence and returns to lead a cast also including Sabine Devieilhe as Zerbinetta, Eric Cutler as Bacchus and Angela Brower as the Composer.
Lise sung the role in her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera last summer and also for her debut at Wiener Staatsoper earlier this season. Her other festival appearances this summer include Strauss’ Songs at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Oslo Philharmonic and Verdi Requiem at the BBC Proms.
Performances of Ariadne auf Naxos continue until 16 July.
On 24 June Lise was honoured with the Queen Ingrid Prize onstage at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen. She was presented with the award by Queen Ingrid’s three daughters, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Ann-Marie of Greece and Princess Benedikte. The Queen Ingrid Prize aims to support young artists in music and dance, and this year was also awarded to ballet dancer Astrid Grarup Elbo of the Royal Danish Ballet.
Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte said:
“It is with great pleasure that this year we can award the Queen Ingrid Prize to two promising young artists: opera singer Lise Davidsen and ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet Astrid Grarup Elbo. We hope with the Queen Ingrid Prize to contribute and assist these two promising talents in their career. Supporting young artists in music and dance with this legacy and at a festive event is in full compliance with our mother’s wishes. My sisters and I are very happy and grateful that we can divide this legacy and commemorate our mother. ”
Tivoli’s Deputy Director of Culture Nikolaj Koppel said of Lise:
“Most of the world has already surrendered to Lise Davidsen’s lyrical soprano voice. And for good reason: Davidsen possesses outstanding vocal quality and an eminent technique that combines volume and sensitivity. Lise Davidsen has long been promising a great career, and Queen Ingrid’s Prize will undoubtedly help her to achieve her future course.”
Lise has signed an exclusive recording deal with Decca Classics, the first Scandinavian dramatic soprano to sign to the label since Birgit Nilsson, whose centenary is celebrated this year. She is also the first Norwegian singer to join the label since her compatriot Kirsten Flagstad made her acclaimed late recordings for Decca in the 1950s. Lise’s debut album will feature Strauss’ Four Last Songs and arias from Ariadne auf Naxos and Wagner’s Tannhäuser and will be released early in 2019.
On signing to the label, Lise said: “I’m delighted to begin my recording career with Decca, a label which is home to many amazing singers who I admire. I’m looking forward to performing some of my favourite vocal repertoire and sharing my love of music with a wider audience.”
Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics, said: “Lise Davidsen is a remarkable talent. Her astonishing voice, incredible musicianship and commanding stage presence make for truly spine-tingling performances. Decca has a history of nurturing and documenting many of the greatest voices of the last century and we are proud and happy to open a new chapter of that story with Lise.”
Lise returns to the concert stage on 5 April when she joins the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. Lise performs arias from operas including Verdi’s Otello and Un ballo in maschera as well as Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Wesendonck Lieder.
Later in the month, Lise joins the Copenhagen Philharmonic at the Royal Danish Conservatory’s concert hall on 26 April. She sings Richard Strauss’ posthumously published Four Last Songs, which she also performed in March with the Oslo Philharmonic.
Lise returns to Oslo this month for two performances of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Oslo Phiharmonic Orchestra on 14 and 15 March. Also on the programme for the concerts is the composer’s tone poem Tod und Verklärung. The two pieces come from opposing ends of Strauss’ life; he wrote Tod und Verklärung at the age of 24, while the Four Last Songs were the last orchestral works he completed 60 years later. Lise returns to Strauss’ works again this summer when she sings the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at this year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, her debut at the festival.
Recent highlights for Lise include Strauss’ Op.27 songs, also with the Oslo Philharmonic, and her Swedish debut in Beethoven’s famous Symphony No.9 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Lise joins the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on 8 February to perform Strauss Opus 27 songs under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. The four songs of Op.27 were originally scored for voice and piano and set words from poems by Heinrich Hart, Karl Henckell and John Henry Mackay. Lise returns to the works of Strauss later this season when she reunites with Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic to sing the composer’s famous Four Last Songsin March. She also makes her debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in their new production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
Elsewhere this month, Lise continues her artistic residency with the Bergen Philharmonic when she returns with pianist James Baillieu for an operatic recital at Bergen’s University Aula on 7 February. She also joins the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra to sing in Beethoven Symphony No.9 on 22 and 24 February.
Lise returns to Bergen this month to continue her artistic residency with the Bergen Philharmonic in two performances on 26 and 28 January. On 26 January, she joins the orchestra and their Chief Conductor Edward Gardner to sing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Sibelius’ Luonnotar. On 28 January, Gardner, Davidsen and the orchestra appear at the Norwegian National Opera, with Luonnotar once again on the programme.
Lise continues her season-long artistic residency with the Bergen Philharmonic on 7 December when she performs in recital at Bergen’s University Aula with pianist James Baillieu. Together they perform a programme of songs by Grieg, Sibelius, Brahms and Strauss.
Lise made her UK recital debut alongside Baillieu at London’s Wigmore Hall in May. They give another recital in Bergen in February, this time featuring arias by Verdi, Cherubini, Mascagni, Weber and Wagner.
The residency began in August when Lise joined the orchestra and Edward Gardner for a free open-air concert in City Square. It continues in January with performances of Sibelius Luonnotar and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder.