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, and in 2011 she made her North American debut in the role for Opera Memphis. 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 the Theatro Municipal, São Paulo, and for Opera North, Freia Das Rheingold and Dritte Norn Götterdämmerung for Opera North, and Senta Der fliegende Holländer for the Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City as well as covering the role for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Other repertoire includes Leonore Fidelio and Lady Macbeth Macbeth for Dorset Festival Opera and contemporary works Five:15 for Scottish Opera.
In the 2015/16 season, Lee returned to São Paulo to sing Wagner concerts of excerpts from Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser and Parsifal, she sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid and Seville, Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Leeds International Concert Season, and Sibelius songs with the orchestra of Opera North. Also for Opera North, she sang Sieglinde Die Walküre and Dritte Norn Götterdämmerung in their acclaimed Ring Cycle. She returned to North America to debut the role of Minnie in La Fanciulla del West for Opera Omaha.
Current engagements include Yaroslavna Prince Igor for the Chelsea Opera Group, further performances as Isolde Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera, a return to Opera Omaha to sing Tosca, and performances and recording of A Symphony of Trees, a major new work by the Belgian composer Piet Swerts, with the Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen in Ypres.