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Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 7:30PM

This program will be 120 minutes with an intermission. 

Tickets start at $90

With a unique and powerful voice that has been described as "one-in-a-million," soprano Lise Davidsen makes her much-anticipated BroadStage debut as part of the Celebrity Opera Recital Series. Norwegian-born Davidsen has a stage presence and charisma that brings audiences to their feet. She burst onto the international stage in 2015 by winning multiple prizes at the Operalia in London and the Queen Sonja Competition in Oslo, and she has quickly risen to superstardom. She has since graced the stages of some of the top opera houses around the world, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Alla Scala Milan, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth and Glyndebourne Festivals. Davidsen was awarded Female Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards in 2021, and has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best in the business – she is “in a league of her own” (Peter Gelb, Metropolitan Opera). Davidsen’s Celebrity Opera Recital marks her BroadStage debut, as well as her West Coast debut.

“One of the greatest vocal talents to have emerged in recent years, if not decades.”

– Gramophone Magazine


Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

5 Poems, Opus 69: 

I. Der gynger en Båd på Bølge

II. Til min Dreng

V. Drømme


Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Manon Lescaut

“Sola, perduta, abbandonata” 


Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Un Ballo in Maschera: Act III scene 1

“Morrò, ma prima in grazia”


Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


“Ave Maria”


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

5 Songs, Op.37 

I. Den första kyssen  (The First Kiss)

IV. Var det en dröm? (Was it a dream?)

V. Flickan kom i från sin älsklings möte  (The girl returned from meeting her lover)


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Op. 36, Svarta Rosor (Black Roses)


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)


“Dich teure Halle”




Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

La Forza del Destino

“Pace, Pace mio Dio”


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

“An die Musik” (to Music)

“Gretchen am spinnrade” (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel)

“Erlkönig (D.328)”

“Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen (D. 343)”


Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)


“Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?... Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern”


Emmerich Kalman (1882–1953)


“Heia, heia in dem Bergen”


Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)

“I Could Have Danced All Night”


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Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen burst onto the international stage in 2015 by winning multiple prizes at the Operalia, Queen Sonja and Hans Gabor Belvedere competitions. These were swiftly followed by triumphant debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Alla Scala Milan, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth and Glyndebourne Festivals.

These houses, and many others, extended invitations to Davidsen to return for multiple seasons – often multiple times per season: in summer 2021 she appeared in two productions at the Bayreuth Festival (Elisabeth Tannhäuser and Sieglinde Die Walküre) and will appear in the 2021/22 season in three productions at the Metropolitan Opera (Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, title role Ariadne auf Naxos and Chrysothemis Elektra). Her widely acclaimed Met debut, as Lisa Queen of Spades, was described by the New York Times as, “A radiant debut…singing with confidence, power and purpose, with both freshness and maturity…from her first rich, silky high note, mellow yet full-bodied, sailing out of the quintet in the first scene, Ms. Davidsen sang with poise and acted with subtle moodiness”

Despite the Covid crisis, Davidsen’s ascent has been unstoppable: in May 2021 she re-opened La Scala, Milan, with a solo concert under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, and Bayerische Staatsoper with a concert performance of the 1st Act of Die Walküre. In the same week she was awarded Female Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards. Further highlights include Sieglinde Die Walküre in a new production at Deutsche Oper Berlin and in concert at Opera de Paris; the title role of Jenufa at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Elisabeth Tannhäuser at Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zurich and a return to Bayreuth; and the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Aix-en-Provence Festival, Wiener Staatsoper and Glyndebourne Festival.

Davidsen’s performance as Leonore Fidelio in a new production at the Royal Opera House prompted their Music Director, Antonio Pappano to exclaim that she has: “A one-in-a-million voice…when she opened her mouth, we were all stunned. The voice has a light in it” 

A frequent recitalist and concert performer, Davidsen has toured with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors as well as performing signature works such as Verdi’s Requiem at the BBC Proms, at the Royal Opera House with Antonio Pappano, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, and Philharmonia Orchestra and Edward Gardner; Vier letzte Lieder with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Wesendonck Lieder and Rückert-Lieder with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; and Sibelius’ Luonnotar with the BBC Philharmonic at the BBC Proms. 

Born and raised in Stokke, Norway, Davidsen has been profiled in a full-length documentary for NRK, a Strauss film for the National Opera as well as appearing on major radio and television programmes such as Lindmo and Skavland. As well as frequent performances across the country, Oslo was the setting for her performance as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live in Concert which was live-streamed internationally. Davidsen’s rendition of Grieg’s En Svane and Ved Rondane from the recital was then broadcast as part of the Norwegian King’s televised New Year Speech.

An exclusive Decca Artist, Davidsen’s discography includes two solo orchestral recitals for the label; complete recordings of Der Freischütz and Fidelio for Pentatone and Sibelius’ Luonnotar on Chandos. Filmed performances include Ortlinde Die Walküre and Fidelio from the Royal Opera House, and Elisabeth Tannhäuser filmed at the Bayreuth Festival. 

Future performances include her house debut at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, Florence, as Leonora Fidelio under the baton of legendary Zubin Mehta; her stage debut as Ellen Orford Peter Grimes in Vienna, a tour with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons singing Vier letzte Lieder and three concerts at London’s Barbican Centre as part of their Artist Spotlight series. Future album releases include a recital with Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for Decca which they will also perform across Europe.

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’ James Baillieu is one of the leading song and chamber music pianists of his generation.  He has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the world and collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists including Benjamin Appl, Jamie Barton, Ian Bostridge, Allan Clayton, Annette Dasch, Lise Davidsen, the Elias and Heath Quartets, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Timothy Ridout, Adam Walker, and Pretty Yende.  As a soloist, he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Wiener Kammersymphonie.

European highlights of the 2022-23 season include recitals with Lise Davidsen at the Bergen International Festival, a European tour of an all-Hahn program with Veronique Gens, performances in the United Kingdom and Spain with violist Timothy Ridout, and a fully-produced staged presentation of Winterreise with Benjamin Appl at the Gran Teatre del Liceu designed by Spanish painter and sculptor Antonio López.

North American appearances of the current season include a recital with violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen in a program of C.P.E. Bach presented by San Francisco Performances, tour dates with baritone Benjamin Appl in Detroit, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver, and a pair of recitals with tenor Allan Clayton at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. 

James Baillieu is a frequent guest at many of the world’s most distinguished music centers including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vancouver Playhouse, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein,  Barbican Centre, Wiener Konzerthaus, Bozar Brussels, Pierre Boulez Saal, Cologne Philharmonie, and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg.  Festivals include Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Festpillene i Bergen, Edinburgh, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London and Brighton Festivals.

An innovative programmer, he has curated many song and chamber music festivals including series for the Brighton Festival, Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3, Verbier Festival, Bath International Festival, and Perth Concert Hall.

At the invitation of John Gilhooly, James Baillieu has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall with Adam Walker, Jonathan McGovern, Ailish Tynan, Tara Erraught, Henk Neven, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, and Mark Padmore amongst others.  This series was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Chamber Music and Song Award for an outstanding contribution to the performance of chamber music and song in the UK.

James Baillieu was prize winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, the Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions, and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010 and in 2012 received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award.  In 2016 he was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.

Recording projects include ‘Heimat’ with Benjamin Appl (Sony Classical), the complete works of CPE Bach for violin and piano with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Signum Records), and albums on the Chandos, Opus Arte, Champs Hill, Rubicon, and Delphian Record labels as part his critically acclaimed discography.

James Baillieu is a Professor and Fellow (FRAM) at the Royal Academy of Music, a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House, a course leader for the Samling Foundation, and is head of the Song Program at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. He is International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and a trustee of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Highly sought after for masterclasses worldwide, recent sessions of learning have brought him to the Aldeburgh Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Friends of Chamber Music, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada, and to the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The highly anticipated Celebrity Opera Recital Series makes its return to BroadStage for the 2023/24 season, showcasing three of the most coveted performers in opera: soprano Lise Davidsen, tenor Joseph Calleja, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. 

With a voice that transcends boundaries and knows no limits, opera powerhouse Lise Davidsen takes the stage in September for her highly-anticipated West Coast debut. A force of nature who has quickly risen to superstardom, Davidsen captivates audiences with her charisma and her “one-in-a-million voice” (Antonio Pappano).

In November, the highly sought-after and renowned tenor Joseph Calleja exemplifies the epitome of excellence in opera. Calleja enthralls audiences with his captivating voice and dynamic stage presence, both of which traverse the realms of emotion, passion, and sheer artistic brilliance

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča closes out the series in May, and will leave audiences spellbound with her unparalleled talent. Garanča’s special performance will be an operatic experience like no other, and will include a full orchestra conducted by the highly esteemed Karel Mark Chichon. 

Celebrity Opera Recitals at BroadStage are generously supported by the Lloyd E. Rigler — Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.

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Celebrity Opera Recitals at BroadStage are generously supported by the Lloyd E. Rigler — Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.