Lee Bisset’s move into the spinto and dramatic soprano repertoire is bringing her increasing international attention, as she establishes a reputation for her vocal stamina and versatility, and for the passion, commitment and sincerity of her acting.
Born and brought up on the banks of Loch Lomond, in Scotland, Lee studied first at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, before moving to Rimini, Italy where she studied privately for several years. On returning to the UK she completed her post-graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio, where she was sponsored by English National Opera.
Puccini, Wagner and Janáček are at the core of Lee’s repertoire. For English National Opera she sang Mimì La bohème, but more recently Tosca has become a staple, taking her to the USA for her North American debut in the role for Opera Memphis, and returning to the role for Opera Omaha. Opera Omaha also saw her debut the role of Minnie in La Fanciulla del West. She has sung the title roles in Kat’a Kabanova, for Longborough Festival Opera, and Jenůfa for Scottish Opera. In Wagnerian repertoire she has sung Isolde, Tristan und Isolde, for Longborough Festival Opera, Sieglinde Die Walküre for both the Theatro Municipal, São Paulo and for Opera North, also for Opera North Freia Das Rheingold and Dritte Norn Götterdämmerung, and Senta Der fliegende Holländer for the Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. She will sing all the Brünnhildes in the new Longborough Ring which starts in 2019 and culminates in the full cycle in 2023.
Other operatic repertoire includes Leonore Fidelio, Lady Macbeth Macbeth, and Chimène in Massenet’s Le Cid for Dorset Festival Opera and contemporary works Five:15 for Scottish Opera.
Recent concert performances have seen a return to São Paulo to sing Wagner concerts of excerpts from Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser and Parsifal, New Years’ Eve Concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid and Seville, Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Leeds International Concert Season, Sibelius songs with the orchestra of Opera North and performances and recording of A Symphony of Trees by Piet Swerts, with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen.
This season Lee made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing the role of Liza in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and will sing Isolde at the Konzert Theater, Bern, Switzerland.