“It is guest soloist Elisabeth Teige who is the star of this show. With depth in her soprano timbre she separates herself from the prevailing soprano heroine as her role, Leonore, also does. It requires an adult and resonant voice to gestalt Leonore without letting the role tip over into the farcical. But Teige does so with assurance. With great strength in depth and a characteristic airy midrange she is magnetic as Fidelio. When she is eventually revealed as Leonore and Beethoven sends her into the lighter soprano tenant, she is no less impressive.”
Elisabeth Teige has established herself as one of the most sought-after young dramatic sopranos in Scandinavia and is known for her warm, beautiful timbre, intuitive musicality and compelling stage presence. She was born and raised in Ålesund in Norway. After completing her studies at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim and the National Opera Academy in Oslo, she spent two seasons as a member of The Norwegian National Opera young artist program before going freelance. Her repertoire includes roles such as Elsa (Lohengrin), Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), Leonore (Fidelio) and Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer) –which she has portrayed in not less than eight different productions including Deutsche Oper Berlin and Oper Frankfurt.
Elisabeth had several role debuts in the season 2018/19, such as Irene in Wagner’s Rienzi at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Puccini’s jealous heroine Floria Tosca at Nationaltheater Mannheim among others. Also she got her first taste of Brünnhilde, in Loriot’s Der Ring an einem Abend, also Nationaltheater Mannheim.
In the 2019/20 season Elisabeth made her debut in another major role – Turandot at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Other engagements this season include Fidelio, Prague National Theater. Fidelio at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatsoper Hamburg unfortunately fell victim to the Corona virus. Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly (Norwegian State Opera & Ballet) took place in February with great success. She sang her very first Siegfried-Brünnhilde in concert (Belgrade Philharmonic). Her debut as Gutrune in Die Götterdämmerung in the new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Bayreuth is also postponed to 2022 because of Corona.
In autumn 2021 she will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Sieglinde and the 3. Norn in the new production of ‘Walküre’. In 2022 she can be seen again at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Sieglinde and 3. Norn. Then she is Senta in the new production of ‘The Flying Dutchman’ at the National Opera in Prague. In May 2022 she will make her debut alongside Stephen Gould at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Venus und Elisabeth im Tannhäuser. In summer 2022 we are looking forward to her debut on the “Green Hill” in Bayreuth.
She has worked together with conductors like Ádám Fischer, Michael Balke, Oleg Caetani, Gabriel Feltz, John Helmer Fiore, Anton Grischanin, Julia Jones, Eun Sun Kim, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Benjamin Reiners, Evan Rogister, Alexander Soddy, Dalia Stasevska, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Otto Tausk, Pierre-André Valade and Sebastian Weigle.