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Lise Davidsen

Soprano

Biography

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen made her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season singing Freia (Das Rheingold), Ortlinde (Die Walküre) and Third Norn (Götterdämmerung). She also sang the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem under Pappano. In the 2019/20 Season she sings Leonore (Fidelio).

Davidsen studied singing at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, and as a student sang in the Norwegian Soloists Choir as a mezzo-soprano. She switched to soprano repertory while studying for her Masters degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and graduated from Copenhagen’s Opera Academy in 2014. Key operatic appearances since have included Liza (The Queen of Spades) for Stuttgart Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Prima Donna/Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Vienna State Opera and Glyndebourne Festival, Agathe (Der Freischütz) for Zürich Opera, the title role in Cherubini’s Medea for Wexford Festival, Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) and the title role in Sancta Susanna for Norwegian National Opera, Isabella (Das Liebesverbot) for Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Leonore (Fidelio) for Opéra de Montréal and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) in her 2019 Bayreuth Festival debut.

In concert, Davidsen has sung in an artistic residency with the Bergen Philharmonic, and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (at the BBC Proms), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, Oslo Phiharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, in repertory including works by Beethoven, Grieg, Mahler, Richard Strauss and Sibelius. She has given recitals in London, Oslo, Copenhagen and Bergen. Her international awards include First Prize in the Queen Sonja International Competition and First Prize in Operalia (both 2015). In 2019 she released her debut album, of Wagner and Strauss, for Decca.

News and features

Winners of Operalia 2015 announced

20 July 2015
Winners of Operalia 2015 announced

Winners include Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea, Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen and Jette Parker Young Artist Kiandra Howarth.

Photos

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline and Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Freia in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen, Plácido Domingo and Ioan Hotea at Operalia 2015

Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline and Lise Davidsen as Leonore (Fidelio) in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco and Lise Davidsen as Leonore (Fidelio) in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Leonore (Fidelio) in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen and Amanda Forsythe in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Freia, Markus Eiche as Donner, Günther Groissböck as Fasolt in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Leonore (Fidelio) and Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline and Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Amanda Forsythe and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline, Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco and Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen and Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera