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, Other engagements at La Monnaie include: Zemlinsky’s Maiblumen Blüthen überall, concertini, 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.

Lisa at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel photo ©MF

Lisa has appeared as Donna Anna/Zerlina in Don Juan by DESCHONECOMPANIE. Early 2020, Lisa performed the role of Leonore in Fidelio (Beethoven) by WALPURGIS. This production premiered as an animated video on Operavision and was selected for the 2021 theaterfestival.

Lisa is part of the trio in Ivo Van Hove’s Diary of one who disappeared (Janacek/Annelies van Parys), with muziektheater Transparant. 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 was cover of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by Mozart at the 2021 Dorset Opera Festival, which is the place where made her solo debut as Sacerdotessa in Aida by Verdi in 2014. 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 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 has had the privilege to work with people like Anne-Sophie von Otter, Stéphane Degout, Malcolm Martineau, Nico Hümpel, Bassem Akiki, Ed Lyon in Masterclasses and coachings. At RCS, she studied under the tutelage of Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. At La Monnaie she is coached by Ouri Bronchti and Angélique Noldus.

Since 2021, Lisa is an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, where she is taught by Sophie Koch and José Van Dam.

photo by Lia Navarrete

Lisa Willems, soprano