Lise Davidsen

Soprano

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, “opera’s newest star” (The Economist) has taken the classical music world by storm since winning the much coveted Operalia competition in 2015. Her resounding debuts in all the most prestigious international venues have garnered overwhelming critical attention: “It’s been a long time since a singer has generated as much buzz,” wrote Gramophone in 2019 in the review of her debut album for Decca, which debuted at number one in the UK Classical chart s, while in 2023 The Telegraph hailed her “the greatest soprano in the world”.

Starting with the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and a solo recital on the stage of Metropolitan Opera, Davidsen makes many anticipated appearances this season which include two role debuts as Salome at the Opéra national de Paris and as Leonora in a new production of La Forza del Destino at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as returns to the roles of Giorgetta Il Tabarro and Lisa Queen of Spades, both at the Bayerische Staatsoper and her first staged Jenufa in Chicago. Audiences around the world can see her in recital in Santa Monica at Broad Stage Theatre; the Wiener Staatsoper; Teatro de Zarzuela in Madrid; Wigmore Hall in London and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. She is also joined by Freddie De Tommaso for gala recitals at Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Salzburg Easter Festival. In concert she performs excerpts of La Forza del Destino at Norwegian National Opera; Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carn egie Hall; and a program of Verdi and Strauss at Teatro Real in Madrid.

The previous season saw Davidsen make three major role debuts: as Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Oper a, as Giorgetta Il Tabarro at Gran Teatre del Liceu and as Elisabetta Don Carlo at Royal Opera House, where she also appear ed as Elisabeth Tannhäuser. In her home country of Norway, she held an artistic residency at the Bergen International Festival singing her first Tosca in concert and Verdi Requiem, as well as masterclasses and a song recital. Other appearances included Tannhäuser at Staatsoper under den Linden in Berlin and numerous concert appearances in Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona and at the Verbier Festival.

Some of her most notable recent appearances include: the reopening of Teatro alla Scala in Milan with a solo concert under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Chailly; her Bayreuth Festival debut as Elisabeth Tannhäuser and then Sieglinde in the new Ring Cycle; a new production of Fidelio at Royal Opera House; her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Lisa Queen of Spades followed by Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos, and Chrysothemis in Elektra; a double appearance at the Wiener Staatsoper as Ellen Offord alongside Sir Bryn Terfel and Jonas Kaufmann in an all-star performance of Britten’s dramatic opera Peter Grimes, as well as Sieglinde Die Walküre; Ariadne auf Naxos at Aix-en-Provence Festival; Wiener Staatsoper and Glyndebourne Festiva l and her residency at the Barbican as Artist in Focus, where London audiences saw her in recital with Leif Ove Andsnes; an opera gala evening together with Freddie De Tommaso and pianist James Baillieu and a performance of Berg Seven Early Songs together with t he Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus Mäkelä.

Despite the Covid crisis, Davidsen’s astonishing ascent has been unstoppable: in August 2020 she was one of the first stars featured by the Metropolitan Opera as part of their celebrated series: Met Stars Live in Concert. Davidsen’s rendition of Grieg En Svane and Ved Rondane from the recital was then broadcast together with the New Year’s Speech of King Harald V of Norway and in April 2021 she was a guest on Norway’s most popular chat show, Lindmo. Shortly after this in May 2021, she join ed Bayerische Staatsoper with a concert performance of the 1 st Act of Die Walküre alongside Jonas Kaufmann, and in the same week was awarded Female Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards. Further highlights include Sieglinde Die Walküre in a new production at Deutsche Oper Berlin and in concert at Opera de Paris; the title role of Jenůfa at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam;

Elisabeth Tannhäuser at Bayerische Staatsoper; a return to Bayreuth in Tobias Kratzer’s production of Tannhäuser and concert performances of Die Walküre; as well as a Strauss film project with the Norwegian National Opera. On the recital platform, her appearances include recitals at home in Oslo, for the Norwegian National Opera, in Germany at the Kon zerthaus Dortmund, in Spain at the Palau de les Arts Valencia; and together with Leif Ove Ands nes in Trondheim and Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway.

Her discography includes two solo orchestral recitals on Decca, a recording of Grieg songs together with fellow Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes and the Grammy nominated Concert for Ukraine together with Metropolitan Opera. She has also recorded Der Freischütz and Fidelio, both released on Pentatone and Sibelius Luonnotar on Chandos.

Davidsen has graced the covers of numerous publications and her many prizes and awards include the 2022 Opera News Awards, 2021 Female Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards; 2020 Anders Jahres Art and Culture Prize, 2018 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award, Statoil Talent Bursary Award, Léonie Sonning Music Prize and the 2015 Kirstin Flagstad Award. In August 2020 she was one of the first stars featured by the Metropolitan Opera as part of their celebrated series: Met Stars Live in Concert. Davidsen’s rendition of Grieg En Svane and Ved Rondane from the recital was then broadcast together with the New Year’s Speech of King Harald V of Norway and in April 2021 she was a guest on Norway’s most popular chat show, Lindmo.

A 2014 graduate of the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, she has studied under Susanna Eken, previously gaining a degree from the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen. In 2015, Davidsen was crowned winner of both the Operalia and the Queen Sonja competitions. Her breakthrough performances won her the First Prize, the Birgit Nilsson Award and the Audience Prize at the Operalia competition in London as well as the prize for the best performance of Norwegian music and the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship at the Queen Sonja International Music Competition. She is also a triple winner at the 2015 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam.

 

Performances

JUNE 27 2024

Sieglinde, Die Walküre (act 1); Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona, Spain

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JULY 12 2024

Liza, Pique Dame; Bayerische Staatsoper

München, Germany

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JULY 15 2024

Liza, Pique Dame; Bayerische Staatsoper

München, Germany

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AUGUST 22 2024

Senta, Der Fliegende Holländer; Norwegian National Opera

OSLO, Norway

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AUGUST 24 2024

Senta, Der Fliegende Holländer; Norwegian National Opera

OSLO, Norway

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Performances

JUNE 27 2024Sieglinde, Die Walküre (act 1); Gran Teatre del LiceuBarcelona, SpainBuy Tickets
JULY 12 2024Liza, Pique Dame; Bayerische StaatsoperMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
JULY 15 2024Liza, Pique Dame; Bayerische StaatsoperMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
AUGUST 22 2024Senta, Der Fliegende Holländer; Norwegian National Opera OSLO, NorwayBuy Tickets
AUGUST 24 2024Senta, Der Fliegende Holländer; Norwegian National OperaOSLO, NorwayBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 6 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper Berlin Berlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 12 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 15 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 19 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 23 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 26 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 29 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 2 2024Title Role, Tosca; Staatsoper BerlinMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 1 2024Isolde, Tristan Und Isolde (act II); Bayerische RundfunkMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 3 2024Isolde, Tristan Und Isolde (act II); Bayerische RundfunkMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 12 2024Title Role, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 15 2024Title Role, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 19 2024Title Role, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 23 2024Title Role, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 7 2024Title Role, Tosca; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 10 2024Title Role, Tosca; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 11 2025Recital; The BroadstageSanta Monica, California, United StatesBuy Tickets
MARCH 4 2025Leonore / Fidelio / Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
MARCH 7 2025Leonore / Fidelio / Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
MARCH 10 2025Leonore / Fidelio / Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
MARCH 12 2025Leonore / Fidelio / Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
MARCH 15 2025Leonore / Fidelio / Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
MAY 1 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
MAY 4 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
MAY 7 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
MAY 11 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
MAY 14 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
MAY 17 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
JUNE 2 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Wiener Staatsoper Vienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 9 2025Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 12 2025Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 14 2025Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 17 2025Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 22 2025Sieglinde, Die Walkure; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JULY 2 2025Concert with Matthias Goerne; Gran Teatre del LiceuBarcelona, SpainBuy Tickets

Press

Listening to Lise Davidsen is like watching a Roger Federer serve: there’s elegance, grace, apparently effortless fluidity. There’s also more power than everyone else.

Bachtrack

The radiating, shimmering, ever so slightly metallic overtones that halo her voice make her sound arrestingly powerful and visceral. You feel it as almost physical presence — pressing against your chest, raising the hairs on the back of your neck.

The New York Times

Lise Davidsen was an overwhelmingly thrilling Leonore from start to finish. The moment she opened up her huge, radiant voice which filled the theatre with resounding sound that bounced back with a vengeance, she reminded one, as I heard someone in a neighbouring seat whisper, that ‘this is what opera is all about!

Opera Now

It’s one of the greatest voices I have heard.

The Observer

At full throttle it’s an instrument that could launch ships, command armies

INews

Not just a voice. The Voice

The New York Times

Releases

Christmas From Norway
Edvard Grieg
Beethoven, Wagner & Verdi
Beethoven: Fidelio
Sibelius: Luonnotar
John Frandsen: Songs
Beethoven: Fidelio
Wagner: Tannhäuser
Wagner: Die Walküre

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