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 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!”