Shortlist For Royal Philharmonic Society Awards Announced

It has just been announced that Lise has been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer Award for 2022.

These are prestigious awards, which the Society say are “regarded by many as the BAFTAs for classical music”. They add that the Awards are “classical music’s annual good news story, shining much-needed light on inspirational individuals, groups and initiatives whose music has lifted hearts and minds across the nation.” 

The Awards are given annually for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom. They were first awarded in 1989. The Singer Award is supported by ISM, the Independent Society of Musicians @ISM_music [link to https://mobile.twitter.com/ISM_music]. Past winners have included an array of brilliant talent including Anne Sofie von Otter, Bryn Terfel, Gerald Finley and Nina Stemme.

The winners will be revealed at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London at 1900 on Wednesday the 1st of March 2023.

Tannhäuser At The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Lise is returning to the Royal Opera House for the first time since her final Fidelio performance was cancelled in March 2020. This time she will sing one of her signature roles: Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. 

Lise won the “Operalia” competition singing Elisabeth’s first aria “Dich teure Halle” at the Royal Opera House in 2015, and she says she’s very excited to finally perform the whole role at Covent Garden.  

Tannhäuser will play from 29th of January to 16th February. 

She is joined by Stefan Vinke as Tannhäuser, Gerald Finley as Wolfram and Ekaterina Gubanova as Venus, in a production directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Sebastian Weigle. 

For tickets please click here: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/tannhauser-by-tim-albery-dates

The production will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 7th February from 1800. 

Recording Of The Year

Lise and Leif Ove Andnes’s Grieg album has been chosen as one of Presto Music’s Recordings Of The Year. 

The Presto editorial team explained they chose the winners because they were: “The albums which really made us listen afresh to core repertoire, told absorbing stories through their imaginative programming, or made compelling cases for music that was new to us all.”

Katherine Cooper, Head of Editorial (Classical) at Presto, said of Lise’s Grieg recording: “This is one of those albums where the synergy between the two artists and their mutual affinity with the repertoire combine to truly spellbinding effect. Davidsen may be destined for Isolde and Brünnhilde, but she’s also capable of extraordinary delicacy when painting on a smaller canvas – and Andsnes backs her to the hilt throughout.”

Presto Music is the UK’s leading ecommerce site for classical and jazz recordings (CDs, DVDs, high quality downloads and vinyl), printed music, music books and musical instruments. Founded in 1986 as a small high street shop, the Presto Music website was started in 2001 and has grown into one of the most significant online sites for music products in the world.

You can buy the album on Presto here: https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/9265632–grieg

Il Trittico Live On Liceu+

In case you can’t get to Barcelona before December 15th, you can still catch Lise’s wonderful performance as Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, because it will be broadcast live on the Liceu’s own digital platform, Liceu+, on Saturday December 3rd at 7pm. 

It’s 35 years since the Liceu last staged Il Trittico, and they have assembled a fabulous cast to mark the occasion, and to celebrate 175 years since the house opened. 

Lise is joined by Ambrogio Maestri as Michele and Gianni Schicchi, Brandon Jovanovich as Luigi, Ermonela Jaho as Suor Angelica, and Daniela Barcellona as La Principessa and Zita. 

To sign up for the service and watch Il Trittico live, go to https://liceuplus.com

Bergen International Festival opens with Lise’s first Tosca

Lise is the Artist-In-Residence for the 2023 Bergen International Festival, and her programme there has just been announced, starting with her first ever Tosca. 

On Wednesday 24th of May and Friday 26th May, Lise will sing Tosca in a concert performance, joined by Freddie De Tommaso and Sir Bryn Terfel, accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ed Gardner. For more information and tickets please go to https://www.fib.no/en/programme/tosca/

On Sunday 28th of May Lise will give a Masterclass at the University. For tickets, and details of how to apply for the Masterclass, please go to https://www.fib.no/en/programme/masterclass/

On Tuesday 30th of May Lise and pianist James Baillieu will present a programme of lieder, including songs by Schubert, Grieg, Sibelius and Berg. https://www.fib.no/en/programme/lise-davidsen–james-baillieu/

And on Saturday June 3rd Lise will be joined by mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, tenor Freddie De Tommaso, and bass-baritone Shenyang, alongside the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Edvard Grieg Youth Choir and the Edvard Grieg Kor to perform Verdi’s Requiem. https://www.fib.no/en/programme/verdis-requiem/

Festival Director Lars Petter Hagen says: “In a short time Lise Davidsen has become one of the greatest stars in classical music, and one of its most unique voices. We are particularly proud that the Bergen International Festival can present so many facets of her artistry. She is in enormous demand worldwide, and with good reason.”

The 71st Bergen International Festival takes place from 24 May to 7 June 2023. For more information and to buy tickets please go to https://www.fib.no/en/programme/

Recipients of the 18th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards Announced!

It has just been announced that Lise will be honoured at next year’s Opera News Awards, alongside fellow soprano Erin Morley, and tenor and educator George Shirley. 

The Editor In Chief of Opera News, F Paul Driscoll said: “We are proud to honor a trio of distinguished artists—Lise Davidsen, Erin Morley and George Shirley—who represent the highest level of achievement in opera.” 

The Awards will take place on Sunday April 16th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Individual tickets and tables (the proceeds from which benefit the education programs of the Metropolitan Opera Guild) are available at: www.metguild.org

Opera News has been published since 1936, and this is their 18th set of Awards. The monthly magazine has the largest circulation of any classical-music magazine in the United States, and has won six ASCAP–Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism. (Here’s their article from March this year featuring Lise: https://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2022/3/Features/Glory_Days.html)

📸 Dario Acosta

Lise Debuts At Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu

November sees Lise make her debut at Barcelona’s Liceu, first in a concert, and then in Puccini’s Il Trittico. 

The concert on Sunday November 13th – described by the Liceu as “a constellation of legends” – will see Lise sing with Irene Theorin and Waltraud Meyer, to celebrate the Liceu’s 175th anniversary. The programme features scenes from Wagners Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde and Strauss‘ Elektra. The Liceu’s Music Director Josep Pons will conduct the concert. 

Tickets for the concert are available here: https://liceubarcelona.koobin.com/index.php?action=PU_evento&Ev_id=46336

On Sunday November 27th Lise will make her role debut as Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro – the first part of Il Trittico. Lise will be singing with Ambrogio Maestri as Michele and Brandon Jovanovich as Luigi, in a production directed by Lotte de Beer and conducted by Susanna Mälkki. 
There are 10 performances, from November 27th to December 15th. 
Tickets are available here: https://liceubarcelona.koobin.com/index.php?action=PU_evento&Ev_id=46250&_ga=2.100389082.595389273.1667831259-478377811.1667831259

Screenings of the movie “Lise” at Oslo Opera House

On Sunday November 13th, Oslo Opera House are showing the beautiful short film “Lise”, in which Lise sings arias from three of Richard Strauss’s leading ladies. 

The movie was filmed in June 2021 by Einar Film, and was staged by film director Eivind Holmboe. 

The Norwegian Opera – who commissioned the film – describe it as “an exciting hybrid between concert and film – where we both get close to Lise Davidsen, the characters and the opera house.”

In the 40 minute film, Lise sings as The Marschallin from Der Rosenkavalier (a role she will perform in full for the first time at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in March and April next year https://www.lisedavidsen.com/just-announced-lises-debut-as-the-marschallin-at-the-met/), as Arabella, and as Ariadne, one of Lise’s signature roles, and one she has performed to great acclaim around the world. 

The Norwegian opera says this on their website “The three women are in different phases of their lives, but all reflect on who they are, where they are going and what they have become: What became of the young girl I was? Asks the mature Marschallin, while the young Arabella wonders what or who she really longs for, and Ariadne longs to lose herself in order to find again what was lost”. 

The screenings at 1430 and at 1600 on Sunday 13th November have already sold out, but there are some tickets available for the screening at 1300. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance and collected from the box office. To reserve your seats for the 1300 screening, please click here https://billetter.operaen.no/events/filmvisning-%20lise/2022-11-13_13.00/hovedscenen?culture=nb-NO&hallmap