The lyrical performances of American soprano Lise Lindstrom leave an indelible impression on audiences and critics worldwide. She “reigns supreme with her soaring performance,” raves The Austin Chronicle. “It's difficult to tear one's attention away from Lindstrom.” Opera News has praised, “Lindstrom gave a truly world-class performance. It is not often that one hears dramatic power combined with such a fresh, youthful-sounding soprano.” In leading roles that range from Turandot to Senta to Brünnhilde, Ms. Lindstrom has commanded the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, San Diego Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Les Chorégies d'Orange, and Arena di Verona, among many others.
The 2013-2014 season finds Ms. Lindstrom making three significant house debuts: as Turandot with Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with San Francisco Opera. The season also comes with two career milestones: it is Ms. Lindstrom’s 10th season singing the title role in Turandot, and she makes her 100th performance as the Princess on September 17th with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, which will be broadcast live to theatres throughout the U.K. and Europe. Additional performances during the season include a return to the Teatro Regio di Torino, her debut with Michigan Opera Theatre, as well as engagements throughout Asia, Italy and the United States. Future seasons include leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra de Montréal, San Diego Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Staatsoper Hamburg.
Ms. Lindstrom’s performances during the 2012-2013 season were met with great acclaim. Following her company debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy, Avvenire wrote, “Among the voices, the women stand out: Lise Lindstrom debuts very effectively in the difficult role of Brünnhilde.” “With the American Lise Lindstrom a sleek powerhouse entered the stage,” lauded Der Opernfreund, “A magnificent ‘Hojotoho.’” Additional performances during the season included a concert of Wagner with the Glimmerglass Festival, her return to the Polish National Opera as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, and her company debut with the Dallas Opera as the title role in Turandot.
A career milestone during the 2011-2012 season was Ms. Lindstrom’s debut with the Wiener Staatsoper in the title role of Salome. “Lise Lindstom is a Salome to be reckoned with,” hailed The Opera Critic. “Here's a soprano with a model figure and the ideal deportment to depict Strauss' teenage princess. Not only has she the capacity to soar over the composer's most intense orchestration with ease and beauty, but she manages to maintain seemingly endless stamina throughout - and includes a compellingly seductive dance for good measure. It was gratifying to see the well-earned reception at her solo curtain." Ms. Lindstrom also graced the stage of the Polish National Opera in Warsaw as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, returned to the San Diego Opera as Salome, and sang Turandot for her French debut with Les Chorégies d'Orange and again at Arena di Verona in Italy.
Highlights of recent seasons include her debuts with Teatro alla Scala and the Metropolitan Opera as the title role in Turandot, for which the New York Post proclaimed, “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.” Following Ms. Lindstrom’s performance in Tosca with the Glimmerglass Opera in 2010, the New York Times asserted: “Lise Lindstrom brought a cool allure to the title role, her focused and steely voice flaring into palpable fire when it was called for.” Other exceptional performances include Ricke in Franchetti’s Germania with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser with the Greek National Opera, and Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with both New Orleans Opera and Utah Opera. Ms. Lindstrom has also sung Magda in The Consul with Arizona Opera, the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Des Moines Metro Opera, and the title role in Salome for her debut with the Teatro Regio di Torino. Additional engagements have included leading roles with Florida Grand Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Festival de Ópera de A Coruña, Opera Hong Kong, and Palm Beach Opera.
Memorable performances on the concert stage include the final scene in Salome with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; the premiere performance of John Beeman’s Dos Retablos at New York’s Bard College; Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder at a gala concert in San Francisco; and Verdi’s Requiem with the Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral. Other impressive engagements include concerts with the Sonora Bach Festival in California and with mezzo-soprano Federica von Stade, alongside pianist Martin Katz.
Born and raised in California, Ms. 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.