Lisa Houben

Lisa Houben

Spinto Soprano

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«"... a magnificent Tosca, tall, gorgeous and blessed with an enormous voice she uses with total intelligence and musicality... her Vissi d'Arte aria stopped the show. For her curtain call, the audience simply rose to its feet and began shouting..."»
«"... a touching portrayal of Maddalena..."»
The Bulletin (2017)
«"...vocal honours went to Lisa Houben, dashing in knickerbockers and riding boots and in glorious voice as Leonore/Fidelio..."»
Oxford Times (2017)
2017Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2017Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2015Puccini: Il tabarroGiorgietta
2015Puccini: Suor AngelicaSuor Angelica
2015Puccini: Gianni SchicchiLauretta
2014Verdi: La Forza del DestinoLeonora
2014Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2013Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2013Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2013Zemlinsky: Der ZwergGhita
2011Cherubini: MédéeMédée
2009Cilea: Adriana LecouvreurAdriana Lecouvreur
2008Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierDie Feldmarschallin
2005Verdi: AidaAida
2004Beethoven: FidelioLeonore
2003Giordano: Andrea ChénierMaddalena De Coigny
2002Verdi: AidaAida
2001Puccini: Manon LescautManon Lescaut
2000Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
1999Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca


The Dutch-American soprano Lisa Houben began her international career with Tosca. Since then, her performances of Fidelio, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Lady Macbeth, Aïda,... brought her to the Opera of Rome, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo, La Fenice in Venice, Opera of Bordeaux, Opera of Lyon, Brussels’s La Monnaie, Nuremberg's Staatstheater, Vienna’s Volksoper, Strasburg's Opéra du Rhin, Luxemburg’s Grand Théâtre, Opera of Flanders,… Her wide range of repertoire also includes Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Abigaïlle (Nabucco) Feldmarshallin (Rosenkavalier), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Leonora (La forza del destino), Adriana Lecouvreur, Suor Angelica and Giorgietta (Il Trittico), Marguerite (Gounod’s Faust), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Contessa (Nozze di Figaro), Cherubini’s Médée, as well as some splendid rarities such as Schumann’s Genoveva, Kalman’s Gräfin Mariza, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (French Premiere), Leoncavallo’s Zaza (world premiere recording), … In the contemporary repertoire, she sang the world premiere of Giorgio Batistelli’s Richard III (Lady Ann) at the Opera of Flanders. The soprano also starred in Gerard Mortier’s production Sentimenti at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and at the Singel in Antwerp.
In the concert repertoire, Mrs Houben sang to great acclaim in prestigious international concert halls, such as Washington’s Constitution Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Rotterdam’s Doelen, Hong Kong Cultural Center, … She is also regularly invited at Carnegie Hall where she recently performed an Italian gala concert. Amongst others, she sang Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem… and some rare scores such as Peter Benoît’s De Schelde and Persiani’s Ines de Castro. Recently, Mrs Houben interpreted Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade conducted by Alain Lombard and Chausson’s Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer conducted by Michel Plasson. She also sang Mahler’s 4
Symphony at the Teatro filarmonico of Verona.
Her discography to date includes the world-premiere recordings of Leoncavallo’s Zaza and Persiani’s Ines de Castro for Bon Giovanni and Domenico Monlenone’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Mistero for Myto Records. She recorded a CD of rare and inedited Italian Ave Maria’s and, more recently, a CD of special italian “romanze” with pianist Daniel Blumenthal.
Some highlitghts of upcoming engagements include Cavalleria Rusticana concerts in The Netherlands, Tosca in Opera Tampa, world premiere of Anton Coppola's Turandot in Florida, Verdi's Requiem in Catanzaro, Cavalleria Rusticana at the Festival delle Due Lune in Peccioli, Maria Callas Gala concert in Taormina, ...

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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca 1 week Tampa Opera 2017
Puccini: La Bohème Mimì 1 week Opéra Royal de Wallonie 2017
Puccini: Il tabarro Giorgietta 1 week Seoul Arts Centre 2015
Puccini: Suor Angelica Suor Angelica 1 week Seoul Arts Centre 2015
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi Lauretta 1 week Seoul Arts Centre 2015