Lisa Larsson soprano

2015 | 2016 season. Last updated: August 2015.

Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson started her career as a flautist and studied singing in Basel. Her first engagement was at the Zurich Opera House, where she performed under a number of conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Franz Welser-Möst. Following her debut at La Scala in Milan in ›The Magic Flute‹ under Riccardo Muti, she swiftly developed her international opera career, in particular as a Mozart singer performing parts such as Susanna, Pamina, Zaide, Zerlina, Servilia, Ilia, Fortuna and Ismene; other roles included Marzelline, Anne Trulove, Ännchen, Eurydice, Adele, Adina, Oscar, Xenia, Tytania, Polissena and Morgana. She appeared at renowned European opera houses including the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Royal Danish Opera, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Leipzig Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Theater Basel as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

Lisa Larsson is also a remarkably versatile concert singer of international renown. In recent years she has constantly expanded her broad repertoire with works by Mahler, Richard Strauss, Brahms, Berlioz, Britten and Stravinsky, and has performed in a number of world premieres of contemporary works. Conductors she has worked with include Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Harding, Adam Fischer, Mikhail Pletnev, David Zinman, Antonello Manacorda, Lawrence Renes, Massimo Zanetti, Louis Langrée, Douglas Boyd, Juanjo Mena, Christian Arming, Andrew Manze, Stefan Solyom, Vassily Sinaisky, Edo de Waart, Vasily Petrenko and John Storgårds. Lisa Larsson has performed with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic.

In the field of baroque music, she has often worked with leading conductors and their orchestras, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Frans Brüggen, Andrea Marcon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ton Koopman, Nathalie Stutzmann, Nicholas McGegan, Paul Goodwin, Martin Haselböck, Gottfried von der Goltz, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Egarr, Fabio Bonizzoni, Jan Willem de Vriend and David Stern.

Lisa Larsson’s 2015/2016 season starts with the inauguration ceremonies of Malmö’s new concert hall „Malmö Live“ marking a highlight of Scandinavia’s music life. Her world premiere performance of Rolf Martinsson’s new work “Into Eternity”, especially written for this occasion, will also be seen on Swedish television and features the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrout. Following her other world premieres of Rolf Martinsson’s symphonic lied cycle „Ich denke Dein…“ in January 2015, „Garden of Devotion“ for soprano and string orchestra in September 2014 and the recording of his „Orchestral Songs” for BIS in May 2015 she continues to perform Martinsson’s works dedicated to her throughout the season and beyond in various European cities with great joy.

Lisa’s appearances in the 2015/2016 season offer a broad range of repertoire to her audience: She embarks on a new series of concerts with her long-term musical partner Antonello Manacorda with interpretations of Alban Berg’s "Seven Early Songs", Berlioz' "La mort de Cléopâtre" as well as Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Other performances conducted by Antonello Manacorda as well as Gustavo Gimeno and Michael Francis include Rolf Martinssons "Ich denke Dein.."; Martinsson’s "Garden of Devotion" under Stefan Solyom and Paul Mägi; as well as "Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson” under Josep Pons. Partnered by Jan Willem de Vriend, Andrew Manze and Martin Haselböck she focusses on her love for classical concert scenes performing Mendelssohn’s "Infelice", Haydn’s "Scena di Berenice" und Beethoven’s "Ah! perfido".

Debut appearances are scheduled with the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Grafenegg Festival, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Radio Svizzera, Lugano, the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, Palma de Mallorca as well as the Reykjavik Symphony Orchestra. She is delighted to be reinvited by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in connection with the Expo, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about chamber music Lisa looks forward to her collaboration with the Swedish concert pianist Roland Pöntinen presenting a recital program on tour in Sweden and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She will make her debut with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, with which she has a longstanding cooperation.

Before entering the jury of the International Bach Competition in Leipzig at the season’s end she will be heard at the Zurich Festival with the Camerata Zurich performing Britten’s “Les Illuminations”.

Following her Mahler and Berlioz albums with Antonello Manacorda and a Haydn CD with Jan Willem de Vriend for Challenge Classics Lisa’s next release will be featuring Rolf Martinsson’s "Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson", works dedicated to her by the composer, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze. Her other recordings include Strauss‘ ›Four Last Songs‹ under Douglas Boyd, Mahler’s 8th symphony under David Zinman, the Mozart operas ›Don Giovanni‹ under Daniel Harding, ›Mitridate‹ under Adam Fischer, ›Il sogno di Scipione‹ under Gottfried von der Goltz, Händel‘s ›Jephta‹ under David Stern as well as numerous Bach Cantatas under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Ton Koopman. With the latter she also recorded Bach’s Christmas and Easter Oratorio as well as the Magnificat.