The Dutch-American soprano Lisa Houben began her international career with Tosca. Since then, her performances of Fidelio, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Lady Macbeth, Aïda,... brought her to the Opera of Rome, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo, La Fenice in Venice, Opera of Bordeaux, Opera of Lyon, Brussels’s La Monnaie, Nuremberg's Staatstheater, Vienna’s Volksoper, Strasburg's Opéra du Rhin, Luxemburg’s Grand Théâtre, Opera of Flanders,… Her wide range of repertoire also includes Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Abigaïlle (Nabucco) Feldmarshallin (Rosenkavalier), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Leonora (La forza del destino), Adriana Lecouvreur, Suor Angelica and Giorgietta (Il Trittico), Marguerite (Gounod’s Faust), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Contessa (Nozze di Figaro), Cherubini’s Médée, as well as some splendid rarities such as Schumann’s Genoveva, Kalman’s Gräfin Mariza, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (French Premiere), Leoncavallo’s Zaza (world premiere recording), … In the contemporary repertoire, she sang the world premiere of Giorgio Batistelli’s Richard III (Lady Ann) at the Opera of Flanders. The soprano also starred in Gerard Mortier’s production Sentimenti at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and at the Singel in Antwerp.
In the concert repertoire, Mrs Houben sang to great acclaim in prestigious international concert halls, such as Washington’s Constitution Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Rotterdam’s Doelen, Hong Kong Cultural Center, … She is also regularly invited at Carnegie Hall where she recently performed an Italian gala concert. Amongst others, she sang Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem… and some rare scores such as Peter Benoît’s De Schelde and Persiani’s Ines de Castro. Recently, Mrs Houben interpreted Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade conducted by Alain Lombard and Chausson’s Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer conducted by Michel Plasson. She also performed in Mahler’s 4th Symphony at the Teatro filarmonico of Verona. Recently, she sang the title role of the world premiere of Anton Coppola's Turandot in Florida.
Her discography to date includes the world-premiere recordings of Leoncavallo’s Zaza and Persiani’s Ines de Castro for Bon Giovanni and Domenico Monlenone’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Mistero for Myto Records. She recorded a CD of rare and inedited Italian Ave Maria’s and, more recently, a CD of special italian “romanze” with pianist Daniel Blumenthal.
Some highlitghts of upcoming engagements include Tosca in Astrakhan State Opera, recital at the St Petersburg Philharmonia with tenor Ramon Vargas, Cavalleria Rusticana concerts in The Netherlands, Verdi's Requiem in Catanzaro
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