Lisa Larsson soprano

2016 | 2017 season. Last updated: September 2016.

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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 career, in particular as a Mozart interpreter. 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, the Theater Basel as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

With the vocal flexibility to embrace a most diverse repertoire, Lisa Larsson is nowadays a versatile performer on the concert platform. In recent years she has enjoyed constantly expanding her repertoire with works by Mahler, Richard Strauss, Brahms, Berlioz, Britten, Stravinsky and has also performed in a number of world premieres of contemporary music.

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, 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, 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.

Highlights of Lisa Larsson's 2016 | 2017 season include performing Beethoven's concert scene ›Ah! perfido‹ along with orchestrated Schubert songs in Vienna, Mendelssohn's concert scene ›Infelice‹ in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Mozart's concert aria ›Alma grande‹ in the Philharmonie in Cologne. She will also continue her focus on Gustav Mahler, with his fourth symphony programmed in three different projects, Alban Berg and Rolf Martinsson.

In recent years Lisa Larsson has established a successful collaboration with Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson in co-commissions by now including more than 100 international performances, radio and TV broadcastings as well as CD-recordings. This in collaboration with conductors such as John Storgårds, Gustavo Gimeno, Stefan Solyom, Antonello Manacorda, Marc Albrecht and orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki PO, Nederlands PO, Royal Stockholm PO, Gothenburg SO, La Verdi Orchestra, Melbourne SO, Scottish, Swedish, Stuttgart and Nederlands chamber orchestras, in venues like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall London and Hamer Hall Melbourne. In the 2016 | 2017 season Lisa will present Martinsson compositions dedicated to her in concert with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra followed by a new CD recording for BIS, both conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky, as well as with various other Scandinavian orchestras including the Lappland Chamber Orchestra under its chief conductor John Storgårds and also with the Nederlands Kamerorkest under Gordan Nicolic in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

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‹, dedicated to her by the composer, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze. Earlier 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. She has also recorded 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.