Meet Lise Davidsen, the Norwegian soprano described as having “a voice in a million”
12 August 2019, 14:15
She has been described as having “a voice in a million”, has already released her debut recording, and has been selected to perform at the Bavarian State and Bayreuth Operas – what’s next for the spectacular soprano?
Once in a while, a voice comes along that changes things.
It changes you as a person because you fall in love with the sound and hope to always hear it matched by other artists. It changes your perceptions of what is possible, and what is permissible, for voice. And it changes the music industry in that it raises bars, raises expectations and raises excitement levels in a room.
It’s fair to say that Norwegian soprano, Lise Davidsen, has such a voice.
The Telegraph has called hers “a voice in a million”, and a quick google of “Lise Davidsen review” throws up more rave reviews than we can count.
Who is Lise Davidsen?
Lise Davidsen is a Norwegian lyric soprano who was born in 1987 and grew up in the rural town of Stokke, Norway.
She started singing when she was 15 and, although she at first favoured the guitar, and singing popular, jazz and soul genres, she soon realised the operatic potential of her voice.
She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, and has also graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Opera Academy in Copenhagen.
How many recordings has Lise Davidsen released?
Davidsen released her debut album on Decca in May this year (2019), and said: “I can only hope this recording brings as much pleasure to listeners as it was for us musicians to make.”
She recorded Wagner and Strauss with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and added: “I would like to thank Esa-Pekka, the musicians of the Philharmonia and everyone at Decca for being such great partners who have supported me at every moment. I look forward to this being the start of a wonderful long-term relationship with them.”
For opera recording buffs out there looking for a bit of trivia, Lise Davidsen is the first Scandi artist to sign with Decca Classics since Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005) and the first Norwegian singer to join the label since opera royalty Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962).
What is a lyric dramatic soprano?
While “soprano” refers to her range (and the resulting roles she plays in opera), “lyric” and “dramatic” is a way of referring to the bright and rich timbre, and strength, of her voice, respectively.
What performances does Lise Davidsen have coming up?
The second half of 2019 sees Davidsen playing Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, under the great maestro Valery Gergiev at Bayreuth, and taking on the role of Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades at The Met, among other festivals and concert appearances.
Visit lisedavidsen.com to find out more.