Wiener Staatsoper’s Salome broadcast online

Lise’s lauded performance in the title role of Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper can be enjoyed again as the opera house are broadcasting her performance from 24 January 2020 on Staatsoper Live: 27 May from 6pm CET. Watch here

With Boleslaw Barlog’s sparkling production, Lise is joined on stage by Herwig Pecoraro, Waltraud Meier and Michael Volle.

Lise has won numerous awards for this role, most recently ‘Best Actress in an Opera’ from Broadway World for Salome at Opera Australia in 2019. Her interpretation of Salome has been praised unanimously by the critics. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote “Her performance is a long crescendo. After pausing for the voiceless dance her demands for Jokanaan’s head open out in ferocity over a range of more than two octaves leading to searing intensity in the final scene. With a strong stage presence of defiant young beauty and seething resentment it is a towering performance.”

Operawire interview: Lise discusses Opera in the Time of COVID

Lise was interviewed by Operawire as part of their new series talking to notable figures from around the opera world to get their perspective on how they feel these challenging times may change opera’s present and future. In the interview, Lise underlines the challenges opera singers face during these tough times and her views on streaming opera worldwide.

One of the major developments of this time are the emergence of streaming and connecting with fans and followers more directly via social media. How has this impacted your time in quarantine?

“I have enjoyed, and encouraged, a more open dialogue on my social media platforms. I love the sense of community and the sense of how close we all are in the midst of the pandemic. However, I do not record myself singing and post online. I don’t have a recording studio in my home and let’s face it: dramatic sopranos just do not sound good on iPhone recordings! 😉”

Read the full interview on Operawire here.

Photo © Frances Marshall

Performance of Die Färberin with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra met with high critical acclaim

Lise’s stand-out performance of Die Färberin in a tour of Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten with conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in February to Paris, Dortmund and Rotterdam, was met with high critical acclaim.

The Online Merker praised Lise’s portrayal of Die Färberin’s character and her ability to convey this through her expressive voice:

“The part of the woman that is imperative for the plot, that is, the wife of the dyer Barak, that is, Die Färberin, was created by the dramatic soprano, Lise Lindstrom. In doing so, she gave vocal expression to the frustrated wife in what she believed to be the narrow living space in the dyer house, the hysterical reaction to the supposed voices of the unborn children, and the fantasy that she had betrayed Barak, whom she still loves, depicted with triumphant high notes. She only realizes this when he wants to punish her as a reaction and so she also expressed this change of heart with long, high notes. One wonders where she got the strength for such a dramatic singing, as after all she matches the nurse’s saying about the slenderness of a young palm tree.” – Online Merker, February 2020

Opernmagazine and Place de l’Opera both hailed Lise’s unique approach to the role:

“Lise Lindstrom drew an energetic Färberin with a striking, firm and, for this role, pleasantly radiant, shimmering, dramatic voice.” – Opernmagazine, February 2020

“Lise Lindstrom was a phenomenal Färberin. With her petite body, she sang the role with much expression. She has such an enormous charisma that you can’t help but look at her. The role does not offer many moments to elate the audience, but at more moments than usual she succeeded to do so wonderfully.” – Place de l’Opera, February 2020

Bachtrack looked back on Lise’s experience in the role of Die Färberin, which she has previously sung at the Staatsoper in Hamburg, also to high critical acclaim:

“Like Schuster, soprano Lise Lindstrom and baritone Michael Volle brought the benefit of having lived with their characters on the opera stage to their fully fledged portrayals of the Dyer Barak and his Wife. […] Lindstrom competed for our loyalty by summoning pathos and sympathy for her frustrated Wife. Her slender voice is enticingly warm in the middle and focused on top. You could easily believe, seeing her suffer so beautifully, why Barak remains besotted with his wife no matter how much she scolds him.” – Bachtrack, February 2020

Tour of Die Frau ohne Schatten with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

From the 17-23 February, Lise will begin a tour of Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under their honourary conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who Lise has previously worked with in Strauss’ Elektra in 2015.

Lise will star as Die Färberin, a role she has previously sung at the Staatsoper in Hamburg. The Opera Magazine wrote of her performance:

“Lindstrom…impresses musically: her voice impresses with great radiance and in alternating colors it perfectly fathoms all the ups and downs of the figure. Apparently effortlessly, she succeeds in asserting herself against the enormous Straussian orchestra and implementing the German pronunciation demanded of her role with great intelligibility as well as in the broad, to revel in flowing melodies.”

The first performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten will take place on 17 February at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and will be filmed and recorded for broadcast on a later date. On Thursday 20 February, the production will take place in Konzerthaus Dortmund, before going on to give the final performance at Rotterdam’s De Doelen.

As is common with Strauss’s operas, Die Frau ohne Schatten explores feminine and maternal themes. In this opera the absence of shade in the character of Die Färberin, is a symbol of her being unable to have children and she must choose between being able to have children or lose her immortality.

This year Lise continues to focus on Wagner and Strauss, having sung Salomé for the Wiener Staatsoper last month, a role she will sing for Houston Grand Opera in April 2020 as well, before making her role debut as Isolde in concert performances of Tristan und Isolde with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra next season.