Elisabeth Teige

Madama Butterfly, Den Norske Opera & Ballett Oslo

“In the repertoire of The Norwegian Opera & Ballet is “Madama Butterfly” one of the most played operas – but this year's set has something that makes expectations extra great: soprano Elisabeth Teige in the title role. […]

This was Elisabeth Teige's performance. There are few title roles that place so much emphasis on one and the same character. In act two and three, usually played after the break, Madama Butterfly – or Cio-Cio-San, which is her real name in the performance – is constantly on the stage. It alternates between monologues around her thoughts and dialogues with other characters. […] And not even in the longest and heaviest tutti, she needs to step up in her technique. […] She retained intensity and vocal power throughout the three hours of the show.

Of course, what qualities one values in a voice can depend a lot on taste. But Teige's vocal power and ability to master the soundscape of a full orchestra places her among the few international singers who are able to do so.

In the second and third act – in which Butterfly is quickly thrown between different emotions, such as Pinkerton's love and her overestimation of his character – she gives the music such a clear character that everything carries to the back row of the Opera.” Klassekampen

Rienzi, Deutsche Oper Berlin

“Elisabeth Teige, as Irene, had a bright and penetrating voice that stood out in the ensemble scenes. She had a winning stage presence and acted well the part of a woman torn between her role as a supporting sister and a lover to Adriano, the son of a nobleman.” Bachtrack

Fidelio, Semperoper Dresden

“Within a tight and well planned cast, the powerful and penetrating voice of the Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige stood out. One can only praise its dramatic capacity, without fissures, standing out in the heavy ‘Abscheulicher!’ with an amazing ease and sufficiency. It is an important voice that seems to offer a more than promising future.” Platea Magazine

Festlicher Openabend Fidelio, Nationaltheater Mannheim

"Elisabeth Teige proved to be a stroke of luck, who shone up to the highest notes with her committed presence and vocal verve." Mannheimer Morgen

Der Fliegende Holländer, Bergen National Opera

“That we believe in this ending is first of all because of Elisabeth Teige in the role of Senta. She is a breathtaking, dramatic soprano. A real Wagnerian singer. In addition to this, she has a formidable stage presence, and brings us - through out the evening - a Senta of real flesh and blood.” Bergens Tidende

“Her sensational voice and stage presence dominate the opera.” Opera Now 

“It's the intensity of the voice, she has this special presence that makes you move forward and really listen already from the first note. It's really a great achievement.” NRK

Fidelio, Nationaltheater Mannheim

"[Elisabeth] Teige’s soprano is emphatically dramatic, magnificently blooming and enthrallingly animated." Mannheimer Morgen

Der Fliegende Holländer, Oper Frankfurt

"As Senta, the Norwegian Elisabeth Teige made her house debut. This was a delightful encounter with a singer who one would like to see again in Frankfurt. An ideal dramatic voice was to be heard, which combines youthful freshness with penetrating power." Der Opernfreund

Madama Butterfly, Opera  Skäret

"The shining star of this production is definitely Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige in the title role. She was a marvellous Senta in last year’s Der fliegende Holländer and her Butterfly was even more sensational. The fifteen-year-old geisha is of course something far removed from Wagner’s heroine, but Butterfly also needs a grand voice and Ms Teige delivered with beautiful steady tone, powerfully and with expressivity. She was truly glorious in the long duet that ends Act I; 'Un bel di vedremo' in Act II was heartrending and together with Siv Oda Hagerupsen we were treated to a magical cherry blossom duet, magical and playful. She crowned her performance with a touching final act. A great achievement indeed!" Seen and Heard International

Fidelio, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

"It is guest soloist Elisabeth Teige who is the star of this show. With depth in her soprano timbre she separates herself from the prevailing soprano heroine as her role, Leonore, also does. It requires an adult and resonant voice to gestalt Leonore without letting the role tip over into the farcical. But Teige does so with assurance. With great strength in depth and a characteristic airy midrange she is magnetic as Fidelio. When she is eventually revealed as Leonore and Beethoven sends her into the lighter soprano tenant, she is no less impressive." Aftenposten

"In this Elisabeth Teige stands as a beacon. You hear her clear soprano in spite of that the other soloists contribute simultaneously and choir singing in earnest. Just that in itself is a strong achievement. The performance is primarily hers. She dominates from the first moment. In the duet between Leonore and Florestan - (Henrik Engelsviken) - at the end, it raises itself towards almost heavenly heights." Kulturspeilet

Lohengrin, Theater St. Gallen

“Magnificent was the young Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige; Boldness and enthusiasm where equally effective in her body language, and with this her powerful voice was anchored in a solid core.” Opernwelt

“The wonderfully confident soprano voice of Elisabeth Teige (the career of this young Norwegian soprano must be kept in mind and ear) resonates radiantly and brightly in her arias Einsam in trüben Tagen and Euch Lüften, the duet with Ortrud: Es gibt ein Glück das one Reu, and the bridal scene with Lohengrin with touching intensity, an intensity she also displays in her acting.” Oper Aktuell

“The Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige´s Elsa is of strong character, and still manages to pull off the more dreaming passages excellently.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“Elisabeth Teige sings Elsa beautifully with a focused timbre specially in the high register.” Saiten

“Elisabeth Teige as the dreamy, loving, anxious and ultimately deeply disappointed Elsa, who can express everything from mild affection to violent anger with her warm voice.” St.Galler Tagblatt

Der Fliegende Holländer, Opera på Skäret

"The young Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige is a real stroke of luck. Already the introductory pianissimo tones in the spinning scene tells us about a beautiful timbre and a straight-controlled soprano. The vocally difficult ballad and the big confrontation in the second act she mastered superbly and with glossfull height." Tidskriften Opera

"She has all the gleaming top notes but also the softness that is also part of Senta’s character. Hers is a sensational reading of the role." Seen and Heard International 

"The Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige is fantastic as Senta , she manages to portray both the girlish naivete, the blind certainness and the hopeless confirmation thirst in the demanding role - and she sings absolutely incredible." Dagens Nyheter

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