Elisabeth Teige

"It is guest soloist Elisabeth Teige who is the star of this show. With depth in her soprano timbre she separates herself from the prevailing soprano heroine as her role, Leonore, also does. It requires an adult and resonant voice to gestalt Leonore without letting the role tip over into the farcical. But Teige does so with assurance. With great strength in depth and a characteristic airy midrange she is magnetic as Fidelio. When she is eventually revealed as Leonore and Beethoven sends her into the lighter soprano tenant, she is no less impressive."

Elisabeth Teige was born and raised in Ålesund in Norway. After completing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and the National Opera Academy in Oslo, she spent two seasons as a member of The Norwegian National Opera young artist program. She has established herself as one of the most sought-after young dramatic sopranos in Scandinavia and is known for her warm, beautiful timbre, intuitive musicality and compelling stage presence. Her repertoire includes roles such as 1. Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Elena (Mefistofele), Bea (Khairos), Micaela, Cio-Cio-San and Senta. In last-mentioned role she made her debut at Den Norske Opera in November 2015. Further engagements as Senta led her to Opera på Skäret in Kopparberg, to Estonian National Opera Tallinn and Oper Frankfurt. In 2016/17, she was guesting as Elsa at Theater St. Gallen, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at International Spring Orchestra Festival in Malta and she made her highly acclaimed debut Leonore (Fidelio) at Den Norske Opera. 

In August 2017, she returned to Opera på Skäret as Cio-Cio-San. In November 2017, she jumped in as Senta at Deutsche Oper Berlin very successfully. As a result, they invited her to make her debuts as Irene (Rienzi) and Turandot in Berlin in 2019. In season 2017/18, she further is singing Senta at Theater Lübeck and at Bergen National Opera as well as Fidelio-Leonore at Semperoper Dresden and at Nationaltheater Mannheim. We are also looking forward to her debuts as Lisa in Pique Dame and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.

She worked together with conductors like Michael Balke, Oleg Caetani, John Helmer Fiore, Anton Grishanin, Philip Hannevik, Julia Jones, Lars Erik ter Jung, Pier Giorgio, Morandi, Dag Nilsen, Vello Pähn, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Otto Tausk, Tomaz Tokarczyk, Pierre-André Valade and Sebastian Weigle.

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