Out now! Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi

Lise’s eagerly awaited second album on Decca Classics is out now.

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!”

Featured on Gramophone’s The Best Classical Albums of 2021

Lise to star in Fidelio at Covent Garden in 2019/20 season

Lise will sing her first leading role at the Royal Opera House next season when she stars opposite Jonas Kaufmann in a new production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. In Tobias Kratzer’s new production, Lise plays the role of Leonore, who disguises herself as a prison guard, ‘Fidelio’, to rescue her husband Florestan from political imprisonment. Fidelio premiered in 1805 and blends domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime, all characteristic of Beethoven’s “middle period”. The opera went through three versions during Beethoven’s career, and some of the music was first written as part of an earlier, never-completed opera.

Fidelio opens at the Royal Opera House on 1 March 2020 and runs until 17 March 2020. Click here for more details about the production.