Lise Lindstrom in conversation with Anthony Legge: ‘The learning of major Wagner roles and the stamina needed’

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  • Lise Lindstrom in conversation with Anthony Legge: 'The learning of major Wagner roles and the stamina needed'
    8 December 2020
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lise Lindstrom

In Conversation with Anth0ny Legge

‘The learning of major Wagner roles and the stamina needed’



Lise Lindstrom

American dramatic soprano Lise Lindstrom has dazzled the world with compelling performances that are “truly world-class”. Her unique vocal power combined with her expansive range, extensive palette of vocal colours, and unrivalled stagecraft, makes her one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. In roles that range from Turandot to Senta, Elektra and Brünnhilde, Lindstrom’s distinguished career has taken her to the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Teatro alla Scala.

In 2016 Lindstrom performed Brünnhilde in her first-ever full Ring Cycle for Opera Australia for which she was awarded the Green Room Award and Helpmann Award. The critics went wild as “Lindstrom, a tremendous Brunnhilde throughout…ended the Ring in a blaze of glory literally and metaphorically”. A leading interpreter of Wagner’s heroines, Lindstrom has also portrayed Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with San Francisco Opera, Polish National Opera and New Orleans Opera, both Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser with Greek National Opera, and Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

Lindstrom’s engagements in the 2019/20 season include title role in Turandot for Gran Teatre del Liceu and for Opera Australia, title role in Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper and Houston Grand Opera, Barber Andromache’s Farewell with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Die Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten in a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent opera engagements include title role in Elektra and Salomé for the Wiener Staatsoper, Brünnhilde in the full Ring Cycle and Die Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten both for the Staatsoper Hamburg with Kent Nagano; title role in Salome for Opera Australia, Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung for Oper Leipzig and in Die Walküre for Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Marie in Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien.

Other recent successes include concert performances of Elektra with Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Verbier Festival; Elektra for Opera de Montreal with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and with Hamburg Staatsoper; Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper; and Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Seoul Arts Center, San Diego Opera and Palau de les Arts Valencia. In addition, she was heard alongside the Vienna Philharmonic as Turandot in ‘Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation’ in cinemas worldwide.

In concert, she recently sang Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, joined the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Pietari Inkinen as Brünnhilde in excerpts from Siegfried and GötterdämmerungTurandot with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung, Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, the final scene of Salome with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas; Strauss Vier letzte Lieder in San Francisco; a concert of Wagner at the Glimmerglass Festival; Verdi Requiem at the Washington National Cathedral; Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Detroit Symphony, and Turandot with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel.

Born and raised in California, Lise Lindstrom was introduced to music by her mother, a singer and music teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University and Master of Music degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Anthony Legge

Anthony Legge has worked regularly with the principal British opera companies, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Australia, many European opera companies and at Bayreuth, where he assisted on the Kupfer-Barenboim Ring cycle for five years and a new production of Die Meistersinger. He was Head of Music at English National Opera for 14 years where he conducted performances of Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Lulu, and Alcina.

He was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, where he conducted The Magic Flute and Figaro, following on from Sir Colin Davis and also The Rape of Lucretia and Rinaldo. He has been Music Advisor to Grange Park Opera. He was a judge on the Channel 4 Operatunity series.
He has spent the last eight years as Associate Music Director of Opera Australia in Sydney where he conducted much of the operatic repertoire and coached many international singers. He is now freelance and working with Bayreuth, Covent Garden and the London orchestras.


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