Lise returns to Hamburg for Ring Cycle

“Lindstrom is glorious as Brünnhilde, headstrong and mercurial but also pensive and supple. There is a ringing, exalted aspect to her performance…winningly warm and penetrating.” Time Out

“Lise Lindstrom’s Brünnhilde, her first full Cycle in the role, should install her as one of the greats.” The Guardian

“…hers was a consummate performance as she ended the Ring in a blaze of glory literally and metaphorically.” Sydney Morning Herald

Lise returns to the Hamburg State Opera to sing her “glorious” Brünnhilde in Claus Guth’s production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle in performances conducted by Kent Nagano. Die Walkure opens on Sunday 11 November, followed by Siegfried and then Götterdämmerung.

Fresh from her success as Elektra at the Wiener Staatsoper last month (in performances conducted by Michael Boder), and having impressed the world over as Turandot, Lise is making a name for herself on the international Wagner circuit. Last season she impressed in Die Walkure in Hamburg (with Kent Nagano) having sung her first full Ring Cycle for Opera Australia with Pietari Inkinen in 2016, for which she was awarded the Green Room Award and Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in an Opera. Last summer she recorded a solo Wagner disc with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaisterslautern, before singing Strauss’s Four Last Songs in Saarbrucken and Prague. This season she also sings Frau ohne Schatten in Hamburg, Die Walküre  in Naples, Götterdämmerung in Leipzig, and returns to Opera Australia as Salome.

Lise with StefanVincke in Opera Australia’s production of Götterdämmerung in 2016

Lise stars in Elekra at Wiener Staatsoper

Lise will star in Strauss’ one act opera, Elektra, at the Wiener Staatsoper this month. Directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg and conducted by Michael Boder, the production opens on 16 October and runs until the 25 October.

Based on classical Greek mythology, the opera centres around Elektra and her family, exploring her emotions and psychology as she interacts with the other characters and culminates in her dancing to her death. The role is physically and vocally demanding and it’s one that Lise is has performed before to great acclaim with Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Verbier Festival; with Yannick Nezet-Seguin for Opera de Montreal and at the Hamburg Staatsoper.

Lise Lindstrom… in addition to piercing highs and powerful projection, possesses a rare quality among dramatic sopranos: a youthful tone that is ideally suited to the character.” Avant-Scène Opéra

“Lise Lindstrom is a perfect Elektra, with her powerful voice, tragic or soft when needed, as well as her physical qualities and acting abilities, which also require her to dance and to move the statue, allowing the audience to see it from all sides. It is a true performance, and one that Lise Lindstrom fulfills completely.” Huffington Post

For those who cannot make it to Vienna, the performance will be live-streamed on 19 October.

To find out more about accessing the live-stream, click here.

To find out more about the production, click here.


Lise as Elektra in the Wiener Staatsoper production, 2018 (photos: Michael Pöhn)





Lise Performs Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Lise returns to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s monumental 2nd symphony, conducted by Kirill Karabits at the Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset on 3 October. The Symphony, known as the ‘Resurrection Symphony’, was Mahler’s first major work and established his lifelong view of the beauty of afterlife and resurrection. Scored for a large orchestra with soprano solo, the vocal line joins in the fifth movement with text written by Mahler himself.

Lise has performed at the Lighthouse with Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra back in 2015, when she had critical success as Salome in a concert performance of Strauss’s opera, a role she has performed to critical acclaim all over the world, including at the Wiener Staatsoper with Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Lise Performs Strauss Four Last Songs in Germany and Czech Republic

Lise starts the 2018/19 season by singing Strauss’ final work, Four Last Songs. Along with conductor Pietari Inkinen, she will perform in Germany on the 7th and 9th September with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie at the Fruchthalle in Kaiserslautern and at the Congresshalle in Saarbrücken. Lise and Pietari will then give the opening concert at the Municipal House in Prague with the Prague Symphony Orchestra on 12th and 13th September. Four Last Songs is known for its soaring soprano melodies and is a setting of the poem ‘Im Abendrot’ by Joseph von Eichendorff. It focuses on the calm acceptance of death and, poignantly, Strauss composed it just few years before his own death in 1948.

Lise is in demand internationally as a Strauss interpreter having recently sung the title roles in Strauss’ operas, Elektra and Salome, to great acclaim.  Lise and Pietari Inkinen have collaborated on many occasions, including for Lise’s notable role debut as Brunnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle with  Opera Australia in 2016, where she won the Green Room Award and Helpmann Award for her interpretation of the famous Valkyrie.

Listen to the broadcast of the concert on SR2 Kulture Radio alongside an interview with Lise.