Lise Lindstrom


Acclaimed for her rock solid “voice and technique” (Opera News) as well as for her “luxuriant and clear” voice, (San Francisco Chronicle) soprano Lise Lindstrom is making a name for herself with her dramatic portrayals at opera houses around the globe.  A highlight of her current season is her debut with Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Turandot, a role that is quickly becoming one of her signatures. She portrays the character again for yet another return engagement with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and for her debuts with San Diego Opera and Florida Grand Opera.  In addition, she’ll sing Ricke in Franchetti’sGermania with Deutsche Oper Berlin.

The 2009 – 2010 season proved to be a significant one in Ms. Lindstrom’s career, as it included two major debuts.  The first was a house debut with The Metropolitan Opera where she performed as Turandot.  The New York Post wrote “the tall, slender Lindstrom wielded the icy glamour of a ’30s film star, working the trains and veils of her elaborate costumes with the panache of a runway model,” and The New York Observer remarked of her “assured, vocally gleaming performance.”  Her second major debut of the season was a house and role debut as Tosca with Glimmerglass Opera prompting The New York Times to rave, “The soprano Lise Lindstrom brought a cool allure to the title role, her focused and steely voice flaring into palpable fire when it was called for.”  Further engagements during the season included Turandot with De Nederlandse Opera, Festival de Ópera de A Coruña, and for a return engagement with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  In addition, she joined the New Orleans Opera as Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and the Cathedral Choral Society for Verdi’s Requiem at the Washington National Cathedral.

In the 2008 – 2009 season, the soprano returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for a new production of Turandot and later sang the role at the Savonlinna Festival.  She sang her first performances of Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser with the Greek National Opera as well as the title role of Suor Angelica with Opera Tampa.

Many of Ms. Lindstrom’s performances in recent seasons have been dominated by her breathtaking portrayal of Turandot which audiences have enjoyed at Opera Hong Kong, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Orlando Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Mobile Opera.  Her performances of the title character have been praised for “Her voice [which] showed at once its commanding timbre, aimed with laser sharpness, scanning the score’s craggy peaks without appearing muscle-bound or pushed.” (Opera News)

Additional recent engagements have included Senta in Der fliegende Holländerwith Utah Opera and Opera Grand Rapids, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Lady Rich in Britten’s Gloriana all with Des Moines Metro Opera, Magda in The Consul with Arizona Opera, and the title role in Salome with Cleveland Opera and for her debut with the Teatro Regio di Torino.  Ms. Lindstrom made her European debut in Franchetti’s Germania at the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Renato Palumbo.

Highlights of her concert career include the final scene in Salome with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, Verdi’s Requiem with the Brattleboro Festival in Vermont, Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder at a gala concert in San Francisco, and the premiere performance of John Beeman’s Dos Retablos at New York’s Bard College. She was a featured soloist at the Sonora Bach Festival in California and has appeared in concert with mezzo-soprano Federica von Stade alongside pianist Martin Katz.

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