Lise will give her final performance of 2020 on 19 December at Norwegian National Opera. She will appear in recital with Christian Ihle Hadland, and the concert will be livestreamed online at 7pm and available to listen back until 26 December. Lise will sing a varied programme including pieces by Wagner, Brahms, Puccini and Tchaikovsky.
Lise will make a last minute entry into the cast of Wagner’s Die Walküre at Opera de Paris on 24 November, making her house debut. Lise will sing the role of Sieglinde in this concert performance – a role she recently debuted on stage at Deutsche Oper Berlin, met with widespread acclaim. The performance will be recorded for deferred broadcast on radio.
Lise was most recently on stage in October at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía giving a recital of Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius, Grieg and Strauss lieder with James Ballieu.
Lise made her highly anticipated house and role debut at Deutsche
Oper Berlin on 27 September 2020, singing the role of Sieglinde in Wagner’s
At a time when fully staged opera performances are rare, Deutsche Oper Berlin have successfully produced five shows, with two more to follow in November. The performances are conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles and directed by Stefan Herheim. Lise is joined on stage by a stand-out Wagner cast including Nina Stemme.
UPDATE: The November performances of Die Walküre have unfortunately been cancelled due to the latest restrictions in place in Germany.
Click here to watch an interview of Lise on ZDF which includes a clip of her singing on stage
Lise will next take to the stage on 25 October, giving a
recital of Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius, Grieg and Strauss lieder with James
Ballieu in Valencia.
On 13 October, the Royal Philharmonic Society announced their annual RPS Awards
shortlist, with Lise nominated in the singer category.
On 29 August Lise will perform in recital for the The Metropolitan Opera part of their newly launched exclusive pay-per-view series featuring some of opera biggest stars singing in locations across Europe and the US. Performing together with her long-standing accompanist James Baillieu, the recital will be streamed live from Oslo’s Oscarshall, one of the Queen‘s palaces.
The programme will feature both a selection of arias and songs that she is now renowned for, such as selections from Wagner’s Tannhäser, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Scandinavian songs by Sibelius and Grieg but also arias and songs that will premiere on this occasion such as Puccini’s Sola Perduta Abandonata from Manon Lescaut and Britten’s Cabaret Songs.
Lise is the winner of the Spelleman Award in the category International Success of the Year 2019. Known as the Grammy’s of Norway, Lise said of her win:
“Thank you very much for the Spellemann Prize category of International Success of the Year. I have to thank the jury for the nomination and not least for choosing me for this award. I have always dreamed of a Spellemann prize and I think it is very nice that I am appreciated, and not least that the classic genre is also seen in this category” via Music Norway
Watch Lise’s acceptance speech here:
Named Young Artist of the Year at the 2018 Gramophone Awards, Lise has been invited to perform at the Gramophone winners Lockdown Charity Gala, broadcast live online on 10 May. Tune in at 7pm BST on YouTube for what is likely to be a stunning performance by the soprano, alongside other greats in the recording industry.
Lise will be doing a live Q&A on her Instagram page this Tuesday 24th March at 8pm CET (7pm GMT).
Follow here for Lise’s twitter page where you can leave questions for her to answer. You can find Lise on Instagram here.
You can listen to Lise’s performance of Leonore in Fidelio at the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano and alongside Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 6:30pm GMT. This was Lise’s role debut as Leonore, decribed by the Financial Times as “Outstanding”.
Lise made her eagerly awaited recital debut at the Barbican with James Baillieu last week as part of a series of high-profile engagements in London. Described as a “A masterclass of seamless lyricism” the concert was well received by critics:
“The Norwegian soprano’s spellbinding voice was the perfect match for pianist James Baillieu’s quicksilver fingers” The Guardian
Following her recital, Lise will return to the Royal Opera House to make her role debut as Leonore in Fidelo under the baton of Antonio Pappano and alongside Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan.
Fidelio opens on 1 March and runs until 17 March, with Lise appearing in six of these performances, including opening night.
Watch the trailer for Fidelio below:
After the success of her debut Decca album with the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lise will reunite with them to perform Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Royal Festival Hall on 19 March.
This year the world celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year and Lise is no exception. She joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski in their ‘The Undiscovered Beethoven’ concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 April where she will perform Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido Op.65 and Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II.
On 6 February, Lise was invited on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme with Katie Derham – click here to listen.
Last month, Lise made her highly anticipated debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, which ran from 29 November to 21 December.
Described as “the most superhuman of singing Scandinavians”, her performances have garnered rave reviews:
“Davidsen, equipped with both silver-bright top notes and a warmly expressive, mezzo-like lower range, has the elemental gift of being able to fill the gigantic Met auditorium with rich, blazing tone. Such effortless force has not been often heard at Lincoln Center since the retirement of Birgit Nilsson, the most superhuman of singing Scandinavians.” The New Yorker, December 2019
“The soprano Lise Davidsen, who made a radiant debut at the Metropolitan Opera in The Queen of Spades on Friday evening. Singing with confidence, power and purpose, with both freshness and maturity, Ms. Davidsen, just 32, staked a precocious claim to the great Wagner and Strauss roles that require equal parts youthful flexibility and sheer strength.” The New York Times, December 2019
“The new star is named Lise Davidsen, and her debut performance as Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades offers more than ample evidence she’s got the voice and temperament to be the company’s next A-list dramatic soprano. Davidsen’s voice is a massive column of sound, fascinatingly complex in timbre in middle voice, and then gleaming like platinum in the upper fifth of her range.” The Observer, December 2019
“There’s no question Davidsen scored a major success in her house debut as Lisa. She boasts a voice of startling power, with bright color and warmth from top to bottom, but even more impressive than the voice itself is Davidsen’s astonishing technique. Whether bringing soft glow to an intimate moment in her middle voice, or finding focus in her bright, bell-like top, she was always in complete control of her instrument. Even her highest notes never felt the slightest push, sounding as comfortable as though she had approached them from above.
That complete confidence in her technique opened up a wide range of emotive possibilities in every part of her voice. Her final aria in Act III, “Akh, istomilas ya gorem” (I am worn out with suffering), showed focus and fullness in her upper register, with a warm clarity, that seemed to hang in the air and effortlessly fill the house.” New York Classical Review, December 2019
Ahead of her debut, The New York Times wrote a dedicated biographical piece titled ‘Not just a voice. The voice’ and hailing Lise “in a league of her own”.
It quoted, amongst others, Sir Antonio Pappano who recalled a rehearsal in London for Wagner’s Ring: “When she opened her mouth, we were all stunned. The voice has a light in it” while Esa-Pekka Salonen said: “When she sang the first phrase of the Tannhäuser, the Orchestra kind of collectively dropped their jaws: ‘Did that sound really come out of a person?’”
In a moving Instagram post, Lise posted a photo of herself 10 years ago, jokingly pretending to sing outside the Met:
“I was in New York for the first time in 2009 visiting my best friend. Of course we wanted to see the opera, but we didn’t have enough money to go inside. As a good tourist, my friend took this photo of me pretending to sing in front of the opera. I’m serious when I say that at that time, I had never in a million years thought I would sing inside.”
Last Sunday, Davidsen sung at Jessye Norman’s memorial service, held at the Met, alongside Latonia Moore and Renée Fleming. Speakers included Jack Lang (the former French Minister of Culture who chose Norman to sing La Marseillaise in Paris in 1989 on the 200th anniversary of Bastille Day); Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall; and Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Met.
Lise will perform in Queen of Spades at the Metropolitan Opera from 29 November running through to 21 December. Find out more here