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

Verdi Requiem at Covent Garden

Lise steps in at the Royal Opera House on 23 October to perform Verdi’s Requiem with Sir Antonio Pappano, the orchestra and chorus of the Royal Opera House and soloists Jamie Barton, Benjamin Bernheim and Gábor Bretz. Lise is currently at Covent Garden for the house’s Ring Cycle, which comes to a close on 2 November.

Lise returns to the concert stage on 8 November, singing Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. She sings the Four Last Songs again later this season with the Bergen Philharmonic, and also sings Act One of Die Walküre with the Toronto Symphony.

Verdi & Wagner in concert in Copenhagen

Lise returns to the concert stage on 5 April when she joins the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. Lise performs arias from operas including Verdi’s Otello and Un ballo in maschera as well as Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Wesendonck Lieder.

Later in the month, Lise joins the Copenhagen Philharmonic at the Royal Danish Conservatory’s concert hall on 26 April. She sings Richard Strauss’ posthumously published Four Last Songs, which she also performed in March with the Oslo Philharmonic.

Verdi Requiem with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Lise joins the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in Copenhagen on 11 February to sing Verdi Requiem. Lise is joined for the performance by fellow soloists Olesya Petrova, Insung Sim and Giorgio Berrugi and conductor Fabio Luisi.

Lise performed Verdi Requiem in November for her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall:

“Lise Davidsen, fearless and outgoing is also refined and intimate. […] How could even the most heartless dictator resist Lise Davidsen’s indomitable ‘Libera me’? She put everything into it – bright and intense – and always at the right moment she softened her tone and dynamic.”
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Following her performance with the Danish Radio Symphony, Lise returns to Norway to make her debut as Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic, and also reprises Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.