Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson started her career as a flautist (Master of Fine Arts) and studied singing in Basel. Her first engagement was at the Zurich Opera House, where she performed under a number of conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Franz Welser-Möst. Following her debut at La Scala in Milan in ›The Magic Flute‹ under Riccardo Muti, she swiftly developed her international opera career, in particular as a Mozart interpreter. She appeared at renowned European opera houses including the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Royal Danish Opera, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Leipzig Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Theater Basel as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
With the vocal flexibility to embrace a most diverse repertoire, Lisa Larsson is nowadays a versatile performer on the concert platform. In recent years she has enjoyed constantly expanding her repertoire with works by Mahler, Berg, Richard Strauss, Brahms, Berlioz, Britten, Stravinsky and has also performed in a number of world premieres of contemporary music.
Conductors she has worked with include Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, Daniel Harding, Adam Fischer, Louis Langrée, Antonello Manacorda, Vassily Sinaisky, Vasily Petrenko and Edo de Waart. Lisa Larsson has performed with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.
In the field of baroque music, she has often worked with leading conductors and their orchestras, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Frans Brüggen, Andrea Marcon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Ton Koopman, Nathalie Stutzmann, Nicholas McGegan, Paul Goodwin, Martin Haselböck, Gottfried von der Goltz, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Egarr, Fabio Bonizzoni, Jan Willem de Vriend and David Stern.
With a strong focus on works by Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg and Rolf Martinsson Lisa Larsson's 2017 | 2018 season includes her New Zealand debut with performances of Bergs ›Seven Early Songs‹ as well as the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony in collaboration with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She will repeat the Berg cycle with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway combined with songs from ›Des Knaben Wunderhorn‹ by Mahler. In these concerts Lisa Larsson will work with Giordano Bellincampi, Chief Conductor of both orchestras. The soprano solo of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 is also on the programme of her Stockholm reinvitation by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Gimeno. This program also includes one of Rolf Martinsson's song cycles dedicated to her, ›Ich denke Dein…‹, which in this season also is scheduled for its Australian premiere with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Stanislav Kochanovsky, as well as will see its first Spanish performance with the Balearic Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Pablo Mielgo. Andrea Marcon has invited her to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw to participate in his performance of Telemann’s oratorio ›Tag des Gerichts‹. She will also be Jan Willem de Vriend’s soloist in performances with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague of orchestrated Schubert songs and Mendelssohn's concert scene ›Infelice‹. The Austrian premiere of Rolf Martinsson’s ›Garden of Devotion‹ will take place in Vienna’s Konzerthaus with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by its chief conductor Stefan Vladar. Earlier in the season she will perform this work also with the Jönköping Sinfonietta, Sweden, under the baton of Anja Bihlmaier. Also in Sweden, in the historic church of Dalby, Lisa will be heard as Evangelist and in the soprano part of Rolf Martinsson’s ›Lukas Passion‹.
Lisa Larsson is very much looking forward to her new chamber music project: She will join clarinettist Carl-Johan Stjernström and pianist Alain Jacquon for a Swedish tour including a concert in the great hall of Malmö's new concerthouse Malmö Live performing songs by Louis Spohr, Franz Schubert’s ›The Shepherd on the Cliffs‹, the aria ›Non più di fiori‹ from Mozart’s opera ›La clemenza di Tito‹ as well as ›Early Dawn‹ by Rolf Martinsson.
In recent years Lisa Larsson has established a fruitful collaboration with Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson in co-commissions by now including more than 100 international performances, radio and TV broadcastings as well as CD-recordings together with conductors such as John Storgårds, Marc Albrecht, Gustavo Gimeno, Rumon Gamba and Stanislav Kochanovsky. The 2017 | 2018 season sees more performances of Martinsson compositions dedicated to and performed by Lisa Larsson in Sweden, Austria, Spain and Australia. Together with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Gordan Nikolic she will record ›Garden of Devotion‹ and ›To the Shadow of a Reality‹ for CHALLENGE CLASSICS and for BIS she will record ›Ich denke Dein ...‹ as well as ›Into Eternity‹ with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Mägi.
Following her Mahler and Berlioz albums with Antonello Manacorda and a Haydn CD with Jan Willem de Vriend for Challenge Classics, Lisa’s next release will be featuring Rolf Martinsson’s ›Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson‹, dedicated to her by the composer, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze. Other highlights of her impressive discography include Strauss‘ ›Four Last Songs‹ under Douglas Boyd, Mahler’s 8th symphony under David Zinman, the Mozart operas ›Don Giovanni‹ under Daniel Harding, ›Mitridate‹ under Adam Fischer, ›Il sogno di Scipione‹ under Gottfried von der Goltz, Händel‘s ›Jephta‹ under David Stern. She has also recorded numerous Bach Cantatas under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Ton Koopman. With the latter she also recorded Bach’s Christmas and Easter Oratorio as well as the Magnificat.