Lise Davidsen, a Voice in a Million

November 4, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Lise Davidsen in cream colored cowl neck sweater.
Lise Davidsen (Photo: Ray Burmiston for Decca)

Described by conductor Antonio Pappano as having a “one-in-a-million voice,” Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen has taken the classical music world by storm since winning the much coveted Operalia competition in 2015. Her resounding debuts in all the most prestigious international venues have garnered overwhelming critical attention. She joins Oliver to share some of her favorite arias and songs and to preview her highly anticipated debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in Janacek’s Jenůfa.

Watch an excerpt of the recording session for her debut album on Decca Classics below.


All selections feature soprano Lise Davidsen.

Richard Wagner: “Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhäuser  
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: “Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?” from Fidelio
Dresden Philharmonic
Marek Janowski, conductor

Richard Strauss: “Es gibt ein Reich” from Ariadne auf Naxos
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Giuseppe Verdi: “Ave Maria” from Otello
Verdi: “Pace, pace mio Dio” from La forza de destino
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Edvard Grieg: Jeg elsker Dig!
Grieg: En Svane
Grieg: Ein Traum
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Strauss: Beim Schlafengehen from Vier letzte Lieder
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor