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Elisabeth Teige

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Elisabeth Teige has established herself as one of the most interesting young dramatic sopranos of her generation. She is known for her warm, beautiful timbre, intuitive musicality and compelling stage presence.


One of her signature roles is Senta in Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, which she debuted at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in Oslo, followed by productions at the Frankfurt Opera, the Bergen National Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the National Theater Prague, and most recently in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s acclaimed new production in her debut season at the 2022 Bayreuth Festival under the baton of Oksana Lyniv. Other roles in Bayreuth that season were Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) and Freia (Das Rheingold) and she returned to Bayreuth in 2023 as Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) and Senta.


In the current season, Elisabeth Teige will give her house debut at Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Leonore (Fidelio), her role debut as Die Kaiserin (Die Frau ohne Schatten) at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and she will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin to sing the roles of Elisabeth and Venus (Tannhäuser), Senta, Sieglinde and Brünnhilde (Siegfried). Additionally, she will the title role of Turandot at the Semperoper Dresden and give her house debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli as Chrysothemis (Elektra).


In the 2022/23 season, Elisabeth Teige made her long-awaited house debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio, a role she already sang in Oslo, at the National Theatre in Prague and at Semperoper Dresden. Furthermore, she had great success in her role debut as Chrysothemis at the Norwegian National Opera, followed by concert performances of Tosca with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Last season, she also gave her role debut as Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra followed by her acclaimed house debut in the new production of Puccini’s Turandot at the Opéra national du Rhin.


In the 2021/22 season she had given her role debut as Sieglinde in Stefan Herheim’s Ring production in Berlin, where she had also appeared as Elisabeth and Venus, and in the 2020/21 season as Senta and as Turandot.
Besides her Leonore in Prague, in the 2019/20 season she sang Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at the Norwegian National Opera, her first Siegfried-Brünnhilde in a concert version with the Belgrade Philharmonic and made her role debut as Turandot at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Elisabeth Teige gave several role debuts in the 2018/19 season, including Irene in Wagner’s Rienzi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Floria Tosca in Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, and in Loriot’s Der Ring an einem Abend, also in Mannheim, where she could make a first impression as Brünnhilde.


She has worked with conductors such as Ádám Fischer, Kent Nagano, Oksana Lyniv, Cornelius Meister, Sir Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Michael Balke, Oleg Caetani, John Fiore, Anton Grischanin, Julia Jones, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Otto Tausk, Pierre-André Valade, Alexander Soddy, Evan Rogister, Benjamin Reiners, Sebastian Weigle and others.


Elisabeth Teige was born and raised in Ålesund, Norway. After studying at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and the National Opera Academy in Oslo, she was a member of the Young Artists program of the Norwegian National Opera for two seasons before becoming a freelancer.

August 2023 – For the most recent biography, please contact Bartosz Jakobczak