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PROM 73: September 7

Lee Bisset’s move into the spinto and dramatic soprano repertoire is bringing her increasing international attention, as she establishes a reputation for her vocal stamina and versatility, and for the passion, commitment and sincerity of her acting.

Last Season Lee made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing the role of Liza in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and sang Isolde at the Konzert Theater, Bern, Switzerland.

Born and brought up on the banks of Loch Lomond, in Scotland, Lee studied first at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, before moving to Rimini, Italy where she studied privately for several years. On returning to the UK she completed her post-graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio, where she was sponsored by English National Opera.

Operatic performances include Mimì La bohème for English National Opera, the title role in Tosca for Opera Memphis and Opera Omaha, and also for Opera Omaha, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West. She has sung the title roles in Kat’a Kabanova for Longborough Festival Opera, and Jenůfa for Scottish Opera. She sang Isolde, Tristan und Isolde, for Longborough Festival Opera, Sieglinde Die Walküre for both the Theatro Municipal, São Paulo and for Opera North. Also for Opera North she sang Freia Das Rheingold and Dritte Norn Götterdämmerung. For the Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City she performed Senta Der fliegende Holländer. For Dorset Opera Festival she sang Leonore Fidelio, Lady Macbeth Macbeth, and Chimène in Massenet’s Le Cid and and for Scottish Opera, in the contemporary works Five:15. She will sing all the Brünnhildes in the new Longborough Ring which starts in 2019 and culminates in the full cycle in 2023.
© ROH 2019. Photographed by Catherine Ashmore
© ROH 2019. Photographed by Catherine Ashmore

Recent concert performances have seen a return to São Paulo to sing Wagner concerts of excerpts from Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser and Parsifal, New Years’ Eve Concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid and Seville, Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Leeds International Concert Season, Sibelius songs with the orchestra of Opera North and performances and recording of A Symphony of Trees by Piet Swerts, with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen. She is also a committed recitalist.

Lee is passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of singers. She teaches privately from her home in East Sussex, gives masterclasses whenever possible when travelling for performing engagements, and has taught regularly at the Blackheath Conservatoire for Music and the Arts, as well as Dartington International Summer School and Festival, and L’accademia italiana dell’opera.