Lise makes her latest role and house debut on 19 October, singing the title role in Cherubini’s rarely performed Medea at the Wexford Festival. This new production is directed by Fiona Shaw and conducted by Stephen Barlow. Based upon Euripides’ tragedy, the opera draws upon Pierre Corneille’s 1635 play Médée.
This season Lise makes two more house debuts in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos, at Wiener Staatsoper in November and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence later in the season. She also embarks upon an artistic residency with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Other concert engagements include Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Strauss Op. 27 songs with the Oslo Philharmonic.
Performances of Medea run until 3 November.
Lise has been announced as the winner of the Norwegian Critics’ Association Music Award for 2016/17. She was nominated for her performance in the title role of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Philharmonic in March 2017. Announcing the award, Norwegian music critic Hilde Halvorsrød said:
“Lise Davidsen carried the whole show on her shoulders. The interesting thing about Richard Strauss’ Ariadne character is that the text does its best to make fun of her existential longing for a man who will never return, ending in an equally intense longing for death. Strauss writes in a gay group from a parallel story that tries to cheer her up and lets the loose figure of Zerbinetta try to persuade Ariadne to do as herself: just find a new man or two. But the music is always on Ariadne’s side, and Strauss does not put anything in between when he paints her pain. She is standing alone in her own world, faithful to love, and does not bend for anything. That is why the Music Prize Prize for the 2016/17 season is so well deserved by Lise Davidsen.”
Following her nominations for the Spellemann and Norwegian Music Export Awards in May, Lise has also been announced as one of three nominees for the Norwegian Critics’ Association Music Award. Lise has been nominated for her performances as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Philharmonic in March 2017.
The Norwegian Critics’ Association also awards prizes for achievements in theatre and dance. The winners will be announced at Oslo’s Litteraturhuset at 11am on Thursday 28 September.
Lise joins Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic in Bergen’s City Square on 18 August 2017 for a free open air concert centred on the works of Grieg. The concert also marks the beginning of Lise’s season as the orchestra’s Artist in Residence, during which she gives performances of Wagner, Sibelius and Verdi alongside recitals with James Baillieu. She also joins Gardner and the orchestra for a recording session for Chandos in May 2018.
Lise then travels to Ireland for the Wexford Opera Festival, where she sings the title role of Cherubini Medea from 19 October. Elsewhere this season she also makes her debut at Wiener Staatsoper in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos and performs in concert with the Oslo Philharmonic.
Lise returns to London on 10 August to make her BBC Proms debut alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor John Storgårds. Lise joins the orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and excerpts from Grieg Peer Gynt.
The concert is Lise’s second major UK debut of the summer, following her critically acclaimed performances in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne:
“It’s one of the greatest voices I have heard”
Observer, June 2017
“…you may banish me to Naxos if she doesn’t become the most wanted Wagnerian soprano of her generation”
Times, June 2017
Lise returns to Norway after her appearance at the Proms to begin the new season as the Bergen Philharmonic‘s Artist in Residence. Lise starts her residency with an open air concert in Bergen’s City Square with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic. The residency, which continues throughout the season, features performances of Wagner and Sibelius as well as recitals with James Baillieu.
Other highlights in the forthcoming season include the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in company debuts with Wiener Staatsoper and Festival d’Aix en Provence, the title role of Medea in Wexford and numerous recital and concert appearances including Strauss’s Op. 27 Songs and Vier letzte Lieder with the Oslo Philharmonic and Wesendonk Lieder with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.
Lise makes her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 25 June, performing in the title role of Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos. Lise stars in a cast that also features Sir Thomas Allen, Erin Morley and Angela Brower. Katharina Thoma directs this revival of her 2013 production, which updates the opera to an English country house in the 1940s. Ariadne auf Naxos was the first opera to be performed at Glyndebourne in 1950 and remains the Strauss opera most performed at the house.
The production, which runs until 27 July, is Lise’s second Ariadne of the season, following a critically acclaimed performance with the Arctic Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra. Watch her “ecstatic” (Bachtrack) performance of Ariadne’s aria, ‘Es gibt ein Reich’, below.
Looking ahead, Lise follows Ariadne auf Naxos with her debut at the BBC Proms on 10 August. She joins the BBC Philharmonic and conductor John Storgårds to perform Sibelius’ Luonnotar and excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt. She also sings Ariadne again in November, this time at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Lise’s UK recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with James Baillieu on 9 May has received fantastic reviews from critics, who described it as “thrilling” with “stunning power and presence”:
“This Rosenblatt recital at Wigmore Hall was something special. A beautifully judged programme – a healthy balance of showcase and substance – punctuated sets of songs by Grieg, Strauss and Sibelius with arias from Andrea Chénier, Tannhäuser and Cherubino’s Medea, among others. Davidsen made it clear in her ingenuous spoken introduction that this was a musical portrait not just of her current voice and self, but also a glimpse into the future.”
The Arts Desk
“Ready to take on the world… It is already clear that Davidsen, 30, is set for a career in opera, and that the career will be a big one. The only question is how big. If it is to be commensurate with the size of her voice, it will be huge… There is no need to alert the Royal Opera to her vocal powers. They could probably hear this recital from there”
“If the stunning power, shining colour and absolute ease that she demonstrated in a well-chosen programme of song and opera are anything to judge by, Glyndebourne audiences are in for a tremendous treat this summer”
Lise next performs in the UK in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne this summer. For tickets, visit the Glyndebourne website.
Lise makes her London recital debut on 9 May 2017 at the Rosenblatt Recital Series at Wigmore Hall. Accompanied by James Baillieu, Lise performs songs and arias by Grieg, Sibelius, Giordano, Verdi, Cherubini, Mascagni, Wagner and Strauss.
So far this season, Lise has made a series of notable role and house debuts: as Agathe in a new production of Der Freischütz at Opernhaus Zürich, Isabella Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana at Norwegian National Opera. This summer she makes a highly anticipated debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos and appears at the BBC Proms with John Storgards and the BBC Philharmonic.
Engagements next season include her Wiener Staatsoper and Aix-en-Provence debuts as well as numerous concert and recital appearances, including a residency with the Bergen Philharmonic.
Following her nomination for the Nordic Council Music Prize, Lise has also been nominated for Spellemann and Music Norway’s Norwegian Music Export Awards. The award, first given in 2016, was founded to honour musicians from all genres bringing their Norwegian music to global attention. Decided by a jury of prominent music industry figures, the winner of the award will be announced at a special event in Oslo on 9 July.
Elsewhere this week, Lise makes her London recital debut on 9 May at the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital series at Wigmore Hall. Accompanied by James Baillieu, Lise performs songs and arias by Grieg, Sibelius, Giordano, Verdi, Cherubini, Mascagni, Wagner and Strauss. She returns to London on 10 August when she joins the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds at the Royal Albert Hall for her debut at the BBC Proms. Lise performs Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.
Lise has been named as one of the nominees for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2017. The prize is awarded in alternate years and recognises outstanding Scandanavian musicians, ensembles and living composers. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, on 1 November.
The first Music Prize was awarded in 1965 and it has been an annual event since 1990. The Nordic Council of Ministers appoints an adjudication committee to select the winner of the Prize, consisting of one member from each of the five Nordic countries. Last year’s winner was Hans Abrahamsen from Denmark for the song cycle “Let Me Tell You”.