Lise Lindstrom brings powerful fluidity to Turandot in acclaimed Opera Australia debut

Lise Lindstrom triumphs in her Opera Australia debut with her powerful portrayal of Turandot. A noted interpreter of Puccini’s eponymous heroine, Lise “brings a true dramatic soprano tone into play,” wrote the Daily Review, which praised her performance of Puccini’s ice princess, adding that she “delivered a powerful and sensitive reading of the role. It’s also an impressive dramatic performance in a rather strangely written role –­ she almost overcomes the absurdity of her character’s third act transformation from ice queen to loving wife.”

“As Turandot, Lise Lindstrom’s singing was steely and terrifying in the second act, the sound cutting through the air like the hard gleaming edge of the executioners’ blades wielded around her by muscle-bound guards,” wrote the Sydney Morning Herald, highlighting the American soprano’s dramatic range, “in the third act she took on more complex hues allowing warmth into the sound to create a performance of compelling impact.”

Lise “gave Turandot a suitably cold edge” wrote the Daily Telegraph, adding, “it was a magnetic performance for all that. The young American displayed a sharp and powerful voice, restrained when it needed to be and with a rare fluidity.”

Lise returns to Opera Australia for the role of Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle in Melbourne, a role she performed in Palermo to great acclaim. The Daily Review looks ahead to her performance in 2016, remarking “it’s clear from her performance in this role that she has a voice of Wagnerian proportions.”

Opera Australia’s production of Turandot continues at the Joan Sutherland Theater through July 31, with performances on June 27, and 30; and also on July 4, 10, 15, 18, 25, 28 and 31.