Recorded with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder in summer 2020 during lockdown, the disc features Leonore’s aria from Fidelio, which she sung at the Royal Opera House in March last year and mesmerized critics and audience members alike. Wagner’s five Wesendonck Lieder also features, a work that has become a signature piece for Lise.
Lise’s media round up this week includes an interview on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and gracing the cover of Gramophone’s April edition, where she spoke to Neil Fisher about practising in lockdown, tackling ‘forbidden’ roles on record, and her desire to be back on stage.
This week Lise also performed twice on stage in front of a small live audience in Trondheim – a recital with Leif Ove Andsnes and in concert with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra that was also streamed. This was the first time in five months that Lise had sang for an audience: “I can’t express how much I missed it!”
Lise’s second studio album will be released on Decca Classics on 26th March 2021. The first single from Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi is Leonore’s tormented aria ‘Abscheulicher!’ from Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. Click here to listen now.
Recorded in London during the summer and autumn of 2020, Lise is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.
1. “Absheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?” from “Fidelio” (Act I No.9) 2. “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65 – Recitativo. Allegro con brio 3. “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65 – Aria. Adagio 4. “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65 – Allegro assai “Ah crudel! crudel!” 5. “Dei tuoi figli la madre”from “Medea” Act I 6. “Voi lo Sapete” from “Cavalleria Rusticana” (Act I; Romanza e Scena) 7. “Pace Pace” from “La Forza Del Destino” (Act IV Sc 2) 8. “Ave Maria, piena di grazia” from “Otello” (Act IV) 9. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV91 – Der Engel 10. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV91 – Stehe Still 11. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV91 – Im Treibaus 12. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV91 – Schmerzen 13. Wesendonck Lieder, WWV91 – Traume
Lise will give her final performance of 2020 on 19 December at Norwegian National Opera. She will appear in recital with Christian Ihle Hadland, and the concert will be livestreamed online at 7pm and available to listen back until 26 December. Lise will sing a varied programme including pieces by Wagner, Brahms, Puccini and Tchaikovsky.
Lise will make a last minute entry into the cast of Wagner’s Die Walküre at Opera de Paris on 24 November, making her house debut. Lise will sing the role of Sieglinde in this concert performance – a role she recently debuted on stage at Deutsche Oper Berlin, met with widespread acclaim. The performance will be recorded for deferred broadcast on radio.
Lise was most recently on stage in October at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía giving a recital of Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius, Grieg and Strauss lieder with James Ballieu.