Lisa Gasteen

Lisa GasteenWinner of the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Brisbane-born Lisa Gasteen performs frequently in Europe and the United States with companies including Welsh National Opera, Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper/Berlin, Scottish Opera, Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Bastille/Paris, in Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Zurich, Hamburg, Dallas and Washington.

In these houses, she has performed roles including Leonora (Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Fidelio), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Madeleine (Andrea Chenier), Aida, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Chrysothemis and Elektra, Faerberin (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) and Brünnhilde (Ring Cycle). Conductors with whom she has worked include Zubin Mehta, Carlo Rizzi, Bernard Haitink, Asher Fisch, Simone Young, Antonio Pappano, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kiril Petrenko, Semion Bychkov, Bertrand de Billy, Sebastian Weigler, Christian Dochnányi, Valery Gergiev, Mark Elder and Richard Bonynge.

Australia’s first Brünnhilde for sixty years, she made her debut in her first complete Ring Cycle at the Meiningen Festival and has since performed the role for State Opera of South Australia, Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and in Hamburg and Stuttgart.

As a regular guest artist with Opera Australia, her roles have included Leonora (Il trovatore, La forza del destino, Fidelio), Elsa (Lohengrin), Donna Elvira/Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Aida, Amelia, Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Isolde, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) and Salome. In concert she has performed in Budapest, Göteborg, with the Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Tanglewood Festival, NZ Symphony and all the Australian symphony orchestras.

She has been honoured with an Australia Council Study Grant, the inaugural Covent Garden Scholarship, Metropolitan Education Fund Grant, Opera Foundation’s Bayreuth Scholarship, the Myer Foundation’s Individual Performer Award, the arts category winner/Bulletin Magazine’s Smart 100 series, Advance Australia Award and three Helpmann Awards. She is an Officer in the Order of Australia.

CD's include “Lisa Gasteen - Singer of the World” (Walsingham Records), Marta in Tiefland (OEHMS Classics), Brünnhilde in Stuttgart Opera's production of Siegfried (EuroArts/arte edition, DVD and CD), and Brünnhilde in SOSA’s Ring Cycle (Melba Recordings).