1. Prize Winner of the Renate Holm Prize &
the Emmerich Kálmán Prize
Recipient of the Gottlob-Frick Award
The soprano Lisa Tjalve was born in Copenhagen in 1974. The Danish conductor Tage Mortensen discovered her singing talent at an early age. During the years 1985-91 she performed as a soloist under his conductorship in numerous concerts, television recordings and CD-productions with Radio Denmark. Lisa Tjalve studied at the „Hochschule für Musik Köln“ with the Professors Kms. Hans Sotin and Klesie Kelly-Moog and graduated with distinction as a diploma opera singer in 2000. In May 2003 she made her début from the „Soloist Class“ at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Professor Kirsten Buhl-Moeller. The next day The Danish newspaper Politiken described Lisa Tjalve as a singer with remarkable scenic presence, fine soprano nuances, brilliant coloraturas and a promising lyric-dramatic coloratura potential. Masterclasses have been attended with Ingrid Bjoner, Tom Krause, Diane Montaque & Edda Moser. Other persons who have been important to Lisa Tjalve’s continued technical and musical development are the Bel Canto experts Felix Rolke, Neil Semer and Brigitta Seidler-Winkler.
Lisa Tjalve’s professional début was at the Theatre of Pforzheim, Teatro Vipiteno and The Hebbel-Theatre with Die Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin. She started with baroque roles such as Calisto from La Calisto by Cavalli and Iphise from Dardanus by Rameau, which was performed at the first “Kölner Rameau-festival” under the baton of Konrad Junghänel, but she could also be heard as Maria in West Side Story. Later on she took part in the original performance of the Sphärenmusic by Marcus Stockhausen in collaboration with the Neue Rheinische Kammerorchester Köln. The performance was recorded live. With the same orchestra The Creation of Haydn was recorded.
From August 2001 until August 2003 she has been a member of the soloist ensemble of the Theatre Lübeck. Her operatic roles included Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Sophie in The Rosenkavalier. About her début as Sophie the Kieler Nachrichten wrote about Special star moments with soprano Lisa Tjalve. In operetta roles she appeared as Valancienne in The Merry Widow and Lisa in Countess Mariza. Her Lübeck repertoire also included exposed lyric/dramatic coloratura roles such as Agnes in Die Schule der Frauen by Rolf Liebermann and Zémire in Zémire & Azor by E.M. Grétry. The leading German reviewer Jürgen Kesting, Frankfurter Allgemeine, wrote: „with her coloraturas and fine dynamic nuances and appearance Lisa Tjalve made Zémire a real belle”. In the Autumn 2003 Lisa Tjalve chose to leave the ensemble with Theater Lübeck. However, she remained attached to the theatre as a guest, where she was heard again in her most praised role as Sophie in The Rosenkavalier.
Lisa Tjalve concerted with favourite works such as Carmina Burana by Orff, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi & Exultate Jubilate by Mozart, which she performed at the annual Xmas Concert of the Danish Parliament 2001 in Holmes church, Copenhagen. She sang in operetta- and opera- performances at the Philharmonic Concert Hall, Cologne, the Philharmonic Concert Hall, Berlin, Konzerthaus, Berlin, the Beethovenhalle, Bonn, the Crown Hall, Jerusalem, Musik & Kongresshalle, Lübeck, The Concert Hall of Radio Denmark and at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In this connection she worked under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Marcus Creed, Helmuth Froschauer and Uri Segal. Furthermore with instructors as Peter Stein, Michael Hampe and Anthony Pilavachy and with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmonic, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Modern Art Ensemble, The Radio Denmark Symphony Orchestra together with the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra.
In Spring 2005 Lisa Tjalve was seen at Den Fynske Opera, Denmark where she interpreted the principal role as Cecillie in the Opera Hosekræmmeren by the Danish composer Svend S. Schulz. The famous opera singer Ulrik Cold wrote in the Danish newspaper Boersen: „Lisa Tjalve possesses voice, appearances, technique and eagerness to play in grand style, a singer at a sky-high artistic level“.
Hereafter followed the role as Calisto in the revived opera Giove in Argo by Händel at the Markgräfliche opera in Bayreuth on the occasion of the Bayreuther Barock 2006 festival. Short after Giove in Argo was released in a firstrecording by Cantate Musicaphon Records with the orchestra Concert Royal.
During the season 2006/2007 she sang the title role in the opera Pinocchio by Pierangelo Valtinoni as a guest at the Komische Oper Berlin.
2007 her solo-album „Lisa Tjalve, Lyric & Coloratura Arias Live, with Piano“, was released by Bross-Art & Danacord Records reflecting her warm expressive timbre.
The soprano has been awarded first prize by the German “Renate Holm Operettenpreis” at the international Paul-Lincke Song Competition 2007 in connection with the Elblandfestspiele Wittenberge in Germany. Patrons for the Festival are HRH Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Prince of Preusia, The Prime Minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck and the famous Court Singer Renate Holm. She also received the Emmerich Kálmán prize at the Festival’s annual gala concert which was transmitted on german RBB TV. Finally Lisa Tjalve is a semi-finalist out of 205 singers in the Strasbourg Festival international opera competition “D´Art Lyrique” 2007 led by Barbara Hendricks as chairman.
In 2008 and 2011 Lisa Tjalve sang the role of Musette from Puccini's La Bohème on tour in Denmark with the Operaen i Midten. The critics described her as lovable, unrestrained and coquettish. During this time Renate Holm, invited Ms Tjalve to sing concerts with her accompanied by the Heilbronn Symphony Orchestra organized under the auspices of The Gottlob Frick Gesellschaft, Germany. On the occasion of the first concert she was pleasantly surprised to receive the prestigious Gottlob Frick Award as an acknowledgement of her talent. Other recipients at the concert included Dame Gwyneth Jones, Heinz Holezek, Heinz Hagenau, Peter Runge and Andrzej Saciuk.
From 2007-2010 Mrs. Tjalve was a regular guest at the Alte Oper Erfurt where she sang the lyric operetta soprano roles.
In 2009 Lisa Tjalve appeared again at the Komische Oper, Berlin in the main role of the opera Pinocchio followed by singing the role of Melissa in Calixto Bieito's spectacular production of Armida by Gluck, conducted by Konrad Junghänel.
Under the direction of Heinz-Walter Florin conducting the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra she sang the part of Mater Gloriosa in performances of the Mahler 8th Symphony at the Philharmonie, Cologne. 2010 she also sang as a soloist in the yearly „Proms of Cologne“ concerts at the Philharmonie, Cologne. Additionally, she received the highest critical praise for her solo Bel Canto performance in the Harmonie Heilbronn accompanied by the Heilbronn Symphony Orchestra.
2010 Lisa Tjalve sang the soprano role in Ligetis „Nouvelles Aventures“ with the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin in the Festival of Modern Musik „Ankunft neue Musik“. Since then she has worked in close collaboration with the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin in several of their productions.
2011 she sang Morton Feldman´s „I met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg“, which was recorded at the Comic Opera Berlin. The recording was used in the short film of „I met Heine on Rue Fürstenberg“ by the film compagny KADMOS Produktion, where Mrs. Tjalve also has a leading film role. The film was selected in January 2012 for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Aesthetica short Film Festival and the European Short Film Festival. Further Lisa Tjalve plays and sings the main role „the Bride“ in the music film „Half the Heart“ also produced by KADMOS Produktion. Music by Sidney Corbett. Half the Heart was selected for the „Festival International du Film d´Aubagne“ in 2013 and is now represented worldwide by the frensh film distribution compagny
Gonella Productions. 2013 she played the „Geisha“ in the production „Sphenoid“ of the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin where she performed songs by Tavener, Copeland and Kurder. In addition Lisa Tjalve sang the first performance of „Der Rhein“ of the filmcomposer Enjott Schneider in the Cologne Philharmonia with the Württembergische Philharmonie. She also sang the Titelrole „Leonore“ in Mendelssohn´s opera Loreley. Mr. Schneider invited her to sing a further composition of his „Orbe Rotundo“ with the „Darmstädter Residenz-festspiele“. Finally a very successful solo album with Lieder by Mahler, Berg and Schönberg was released by the Label Villa Artis Music represented by the Klassik Center Kassel. The album was considered for the Echo Classic Prize 2014 in the Catagorie: Best Lieder Album of the Year.
2014 Lisa Tjalve sang the mainrole in the first performance of the Oratoric Opera „13 Oder til Maria“ by Heinz Walter Florin & Sananda Solaris in Roskilde Dome, Denmark. The role was composed specifically for her. Read the review in „Opernglas“ here. The Soprano also sang one of the leading roles in Steingrimur Rohloff´s new Opera Babel at the Hoftheatre in Copenhagen with Athelas Sinfonietta. Finally a new Solo Album was relased by Duophon Records where Mrs. Tjalve sings Love Songs of Walter Jurmann.