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Export Award: Incredible musical instincts

By Julie Vold Posted: 30. May, 2017

Sopran Lise Davidsen’s huge talent has captured both the audience and industry’s hearts.

Lise Davidsen has attracted attention ever since she began her musical education. After a bachelor’s degree from the Grieg Academy in Bergen she was admitted to the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Then she got her debut at The Royal Danish Opera in 2012/13 season as the dog and the owl in The Cunning Little Vixen. Further, she sang Emilia in Otello and Rosalinde in Die Fledemaus; which led to her quickly becomming known as Norway’s largest opera talent.

Davidsen’s manager at the artist management Intermusica, Maria Mot, is full of praise for the young talent.

“Rarely has a young singer made such an enormous impact on the classical music industry like Lise Davidsen has. A superb talent she is set out not only to become one of the most important Norwegian exports but also to write her own page of music history.”

Maria Mot believes that Davidsen’s talent extends beyond the purely vocal.

“She also possesses incredible musical instincts, is a wonderful colleague and one of the most inspiring and down to earth artists I have ever had the honour to work with,” she continues.

Competition winner
Lise Davidsen has won several of the world’s most prestigious opera competitions, including the world’s biggest singing contest, Placido Domingos Operalia in London. She also won the audience prize, the media prize and the 2nd prize in the Belvedere competition in Amsterdam, and won the Queen Sonja International Music Competition. In addition, she received Statoil’s talent grant of one million NOK, where the acknowledged pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was the head juror.

“Rarely has anyone made a bigger entry into the Norwegian and international music life, and conquered the hearts of the audience. I’m struck by the power of Lise Davidsen’s voice, of the musicality and the strong presence” commented Andsnes in connection with the award ceremony.

The Financial Times also noted Davidsen’s big voice:
“Every competition hopes to discover a great new talent. Operalia, Plácido Domingo International Song Contest, did it just for the weekend. Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, 28 years old, is the real deal … she sealed her victory with strong and technical flawlessness, and put her name on top of the list of young singers of her generation.»

Today’s focus
Today she is done with competitions, and focuses on roles in large productions. In 2016, Davidsen debuted at Opernhaus Zürich, as Agathe in a new production named Der Freischütz. She had the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, and Isabella in Das Liebesverbot at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

She has sung in Verdis Requiem with Edward Gardner and Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Vier Letzte Lieder with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Edo de Waart at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as made a recital debut in London by the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital Series in Wigmore Hall. In other words, Davidsen has made a special international impact in her genre in 2016.

Lise Davidsen singing Dich, Teure Halle (Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser)

About the nomination, Davidsen says:
“It was a huge surprise and I feel very honoured to be nominated for the Spellemann and Export Award.  I have already worked at lot outside of the country and I know I will in the future as well, so I will keep up the work of putting Norway and my hometown on the world-map.”

The others nominated for Music Norway and Spellemann’s export award are Alan Walker, William Wiik Larsen, Cashmere Cat, Mette Henriette and Seeb.


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