Lisa Willems is a young Belgian soprano. She holds a masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen.

Lisa is a Lauréate of the MM-Academy of La Monnaie De Munt in Brussels, where she will be performing the role of Klingsors Zaubermädchen in Wagners’s Parsifal in their 2021-2022 season, she was meant to sing La Marchande des Modes in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier in 2020 but that production was moved due to Covid-19. Other engagements at La Monnaie include: Zemlinsky’s Maiblumen Blüthen überall, recitals, and one of the Edelknaben in Wagner’s Lohengrin in 2018, which was her solo debut in the house. She covered the part of Mère Marie in La Monnaie’s production of Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc.

Concertino MM soloists and Lauréates at La Monnaie. Photo: H. Segers.

Lisa Plays the role of Véronique in Le Docteur Miracle by Opera Present, a young Belgian company that wants to make opera accessible to a wider audience. She has appeared as Donna Anna/Zerlina in Don Juan by DESCHONECOMPANIE.

Early 2020, Lisa performed the role of Leonore in Fidelio (Beethoven) by WALPURGIS in Paris. This production premiered as an animated video in October 2020 on Operavision and was selected for the 2021 theaterfestival.

Photo by J. Moons

Lisa is part of the trio in Ivo Van Hove’s Diary of one who disappeared (Janacek/Annelies van Parys), a coproduction of La Monnaie and Transparant that will continue its worldwide tour in 2021.

Lisa Plays the role of the Mother in (Victor) Frankenstein, a production by Les Karyatides which combines theatre of objects and classical music.

In May 2019 Lisa performed in the Louis Andriessen festival in het Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam and at Operadagen Rotterdam in Odysseus’ Women + Anaïs Nin, directed by Jorinde Keesmaat.

Tralier Odysseus’ Women + Anaïs Nin © Jorinde Keesmaat

Lisa made her solo debut as Sacerdotessa in Aida by Verdi at the Dorset Opera Festival in 2014. In 2013, she was part of the festival’s emerging artists recital, and has been part of the chorus for many years. In the 2017 festival Lisa sang the role of Alice in Dorset Opera’s production of Le Comte Ory by Rossini.

Lisa was a cover for the role of Nyssia in the production of Der König Kandaules in Opera Vlaanderen in February 2016. In December 2016 she performed the role of Kalypso in Louis Andriessens Opera Odysseus’ Women + Anaïs Nin in a production by Jorinde Keesmaat at het Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. In March 2017 Lisa performed the orchestral version of the Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner and the Soprano solo in Gounod’s Requiem with the orchestra Entente Cordiale in Antwerp.

Lisa in a masterclass with conductor Bassem Akiki and Composer Christina Athinodorou at La Monnaie february 2019. Photo: H. Segers.

Lisa has had the privilege to work with people like Anne-Sophie von Otter, Olaf Bär, Stephanie d’Oustrac, Diana Montague, Sue McCullogh, Rachel Nicholls, Julia Lynch, Malcolm Martineau, Lubov Stuchevskaya, Christina Athinodorou, Nico Hümpel, Bassem Akiki and Ed Lyon in Masterclasses and coachings. At RCS, she studied under the tutelage of Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. Since 2021, Lisa is and Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, where she is taught by José Van Dam and Sophie Koch.

Lisa is an avid performer of the song repertoire and forms a Duo with pianist Thomas Eeckhout. In October 2019 they were finalists of the Paola Salomon Lindberg wettbewerb – DAS LIED in Berlin.

photo by Lia Navarrete

Lisa Willems, soprano