Lisa Houben, soprano






"... a magnificent Tosca, tall, gorgeous and blessed with an enormous voice she uses with total intelligence and musicality...
her Vissi d'Arte aria stopped the show. For her curtain call, the audience simply rose to its feet and began shouting..."
Hugh Fraser - The Spectator


Lisa Houben, soprano....

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Dutch-American Spinto Soprano Lisa Houben began her international career with Puccini’s Tosca. Her warm timbre and passion for drama brought her to prestigious stages worldwide, including the Opera of Rome, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo, La Fenice in Venice, Carnegie Hall, Seoul Art Center, Operas of Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg, Brussels’s La Monnaie, the Vienna Volksoper, ... where she sang Fidelio, Aida, Manon Lescaut, Lady Macbeth, and many other major roles. 


She studied at the McGill Conservatory in Montreal, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Cristina Deutekom, with Rodolfo Celletti in Milano and José Van Dam in Brussels.   


Throughout her career, Lisa Houben has incarnated over 45 roles, amongst which Elisabetta and Eboli (Don Carlo), Aida and Amneris (Aida), Leonora (La forza del destino), Verdi’s Abigaïlle (Nabucco), Giovanna d'Arco, Adriana Lecouvreur, Strauss’s Feldmarshallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Fidelio, Suor Angelica and Giorgietta (Il Trittico), Marguerite (Gounod’s Faust), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Fedora, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Miss Jessel (Britten’s Turn of the Screw), 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 Première recording), …  

In contemporary repertoire, she sang the World Première of Giorgio Batistelli’s Richard III (Lady Ann) at the Opera of Flanders, and Philippe Boesmans’s Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne at la Monnaie. 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 sings to great acclaim in prestigious international concert halls, such as St. Petersburg Philharmonia with Ramon Vargas, Washington’s Constitution Hall, The Vatican with Jose Carreras and Andrea Bocelli , the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Rotterdam’s Doelen, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Seoul Arts Center, Carnegie Hall. 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 CastroMrs Houben interpreted Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Chausson’s Poème de l’Amour et de la MerShe also performed in Mahler’s 4th Symphony at the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona, the Verdi Requiem in Calabria and in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the World Première of Anton Coppola's Turandot in Florida.   


Mrs Houben also enjoys performing crossover Pop-Classical music together with Placido Domingo Jr, Fabio Armiliato & Ramon Vargas.  

Her discography to date includes the World Premiere recordings of Leoncavallo’s Zaza, Persiani’s Ines de Castro for Bon Giovanni, Domenico Monlenone’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Mistero for Myto Records.   

She recorded a CD of rare and inedited Italian Ave Maria’s with Radio France, a CD of rare Italian “romanze” with pianist Daniel Blumenthal, and the world premiere recording of Catalani songs for Opera Discovery.