Artist of the Week: Lise Davidsen

Norwegian Superstar Makes her High Anticipated Role Debut as Salome

By Francisco Salazar

Soprano Lise Davidsen is no stranger to Strauss as she has performed the Marschallin “Der Rosenkavalier,” Chrysothemis in “Elektra” and and the title role of “Ariadne auf Naxos.” She has also performed the Four Last Songs. For all these roles she had garnered universal acclaim with OperaWire stating, “She can be comic, tragic, and romantic. She can be physical and subtle.” Regarding her “Rosenkavalier OperaWire noted, “Davidsen’s voice shifted between potent and authoritative to more delicate and empathetic.”

And this week, the Norwegian diva will add perhaps her most dramatic Strauss role up to this point when she takes on the title role of “Salome” at the Paris Opera. With Salome, Davidsen continues her journey into the dramatic repertoire and a continuation of her exploration into Strauss’ complex characters.

And for those not in Paris for the debut, the soprano returns to Munich for “The Queen of Spades.” She will also perform “Tosca” in New York, Vienna, and Munich and the second act of “Tristan und Isolde” in Munich.


Davidsen has several recordings including “The Four Last Songs” with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Her interpretations of “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Ariadne auf Naxos” have been recorded in HD.

Here she is a recent Strauss film.


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