Elsa Dreisig

Elsa has recently dazzled as Fiordiligi in the highly acclaimed Così fan tutte for the 100th Anniversary of the Salzburg Festival and as the title-role in Manon for her debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper.

(c) Simon Fowler


French-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Paris. She was named Operalia’s Best Female Singer of 2016 and in 2019 Elsa was awarded the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Cultural Award.

Elsa’s many roles for the Berlin Staatsoper ensemble included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Diane (Hippolyte et Aricie under Sir Simon Rattle), Gretchen in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel), Violetta (La Traviata) and Natascha in the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee.

Elsa made her debut at the Opéra de Paris as Pamina and has since returned as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Elvira (I Puritani) and Zerlina in Ivo van Hove’s new 2019 production of Don Giovanni. Other recent highlights include Micaëla (Carmen) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Musetta (La bohème) and her role debut as Massenet’s Manon at the Opernhaus Zürich.

In concert, Elsa has collaborated with orchestras including Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Luisi, Franz Welser-Möst, Massimo Zanetti and David Zinman.

Elsa is an exclusive recording artist with Warner Classics (Erato). Her award-winning first solo-album Miroirs was released in 2018, and 2020 saw the release of her second album, Morgen, with the pianist Jonathan Ware. She also features on the recent recordings of Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle and Massenet’s Don César de Bazan (Naxos).


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    BEETHOVEN 'Christus am Ölberge'

    Label: LSO Live

    Release Date: 13 Nov 20

    Soprano: Elsa Dreisig
    Tenor: Pavol Breslik
    Bass: David Soar

    London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/ Sir Simon Rattle

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    MASSENET 'Don César de Bazan'

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 01 Jun 20

    Don César de Bazan: Laurent Naouri
    Maritana: Elsa Dreisig
    Lazarille: Marion Lebègue
    King Charles II: Thomas Bettinger
    Don José de Santarém: Christian Helmer
    Captain of the Guard: Christian Moungoungou

    Ensemble Aedes & Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes/Mathieu Romano

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    Label: Warner (Erato)

    Release Date: 17 Jan 20

    Soprano: Elsa Dreisig

    Pianist: Jonathan Ware

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    Label: Warner (Erato)

    Release Date: 04 Oct 18

    Elsa’s debut album, a showcase of opera arias

    Soprano: Elsa Dreisig

    Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée/ Michael Schønwandt


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    02 Aug 20 MOZART Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
    Salzburg Festival

    “It’s difficult to believe Salzburg could have cast this Così any better. Elsa Dresig and Marianne Crebassa make a delectable pair of sisters. Franco-Danish soprano Dreisig displayed pearly top notes and vocal agility in the notoriously difficult “Come scoglio”, her playful stoicism at the start turning serious later on, pushing Don Alfonso to the floor.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 02 Aug 2020

    “Crucial to the success of [Loy’s] concept were the involved performances he coaxed from a fine cast of exciting young Mozart singers. Elsa Dreisig and Marianne Crebassa were radiant as the two sisters whose steadfastness is put to the test by their boastful fiancés”
    A.J. Goldmann, The New York Times, 05 Aug 2020

    “This was the production that was created from scratch in a few months when it became clear that most of the shows would not go on. Perhaps the lesson of this precious Così fan tutte is that real festival spirit is shown when the rule book is torn up… the centre of this achingly poignant performance is a quartet of ideal lovers. Dreisig is a fearless, bright-toned Fiordiligi, physically twitchy, vocally serene”
    ★★★★★ Neil Fisher, The Times, 03 Aug 2020

    “…the talent here is world class, as good as any classic historical performance of these works… Elsa Dreisig brings that dreamy sincere youthful idealism to Fiordiligi”
    Keris Nine, Opera Journal, 19 Aug 2020

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    20 Jan 20 BEETHOVEN Christ on the Mount of Olives
    London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

    “It is hard to imagine this performance being bettered… Elsa Dreisig sang with brightness and purity as the seraph, hitting gleaming top notes as if she was auditioning for Mozart’s Queen of the Night.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 20 Jan 2020

    “Backed by London Symphony Chorus, the soloists in this performance are well up to the challenge… the sound of soprano Elsa Dreisig, as the Seraph, rings angelically through the hall.”
    Michael Church, The Independent, 20 Jan 2020

    “Dreisig, too, has an agile and attractive voice. Her tone is pure, but also has a focussed intensity. Beethoven writes soprano lines that often end in high, elaborately ornamented cadences, and Dreisig was always secure, even at the highest altitude.”
    Gavin Dixon, The Arts Desk, 20 Jan 2020

    “The soprano part sounds angelic but includes some very difficult coloratura. Elsa Dreisig delivered with perfection, making light of the difficulties in the best sense of the word.”
    Agnes Kory, Seen and Heard International, 23 Jan 2020


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    10 Jan 20 FURRER Violetter Schnee (Natascha)
    Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin

    “…led by spellbinding performances from sopranos Anna Prohaska and Elsa Dreisig, pure, seductive, and dangerous as the falling and driven snow.”
    Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International, 15 Jan 2020

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    01 Nov 19 MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden

    “Pamina, French-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig, making her Royal Opera debut (she is a member of the Berlin State Opera, where she has previously sung Pamina). Her voice is radiant, glowing and pure, her musicality impeccable – she was eminently believable in all respects… it was wonderful to see her shine, particularly in a most affecting ‘Ach, ich fühl’s’.”
    Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 10 Nov 2019


Elsa discusses Così, COVID19 and her rising star status with Opera Wire – read the full interview here.