Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe is a "jugendich-dramatische" soprano. She was born in Copenhagen and was educated at the Royal Opera School in Stockholm, Sweden. Returning to Denmark she continued studies privately with Birgit Nilsson and the Danish professor Vagn Thordal.
Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe made her stage debut in Augsburg, Germany and during her two years with this house she sang, among others, Leonore in Verdi's Il Trovatore
and the title role in Strauss's Arabella
. From 1990-1993 Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe was engaged at the Opera in Nuremberg. Since 1993 she has been engaged as a guest at the Royal Opera, Copenhagen, where she has sung Ariadne in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos
, Die Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier
and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser
In 1993 she sang the title role in Weber's Euryanthe with Jeffrey Tate at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and she was invited to join him in the 1994 "ring" at the Châtelet Opera in Paris where she sang Dritte Norne in Götterdämmerung
and Freia in Das Rheingold
. In the summer of 1995 she sang Senta in Der fliegende Holländer
at the Summer Festival in Savonlinna, Finland, and was invited back to appear at the festival again. The press announced her to be the best Senta ever. She sang the same part at the Royal Opera, Copenhagen in 1996.
In 1996 she was soloist in Zemlinsky's Lyrische Sinfonie with the Orchestre de Paris, and she made her debut as Chrysotemis in Elektra
at the Rome Opera, a performance which was a great success with the press and the audience.
In 1997 she was soloist in Brahms Requiem
with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Aldo Ceccato. During the same year she sang Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos
at Teatro Maggio Musicale, Florence conducted by Zubin Mehta. At Savolinna she sang Elisabeth in Tannhäuser
with Leif Segerstam.
Engagements in the 1997/1998 season included Senta in Stockholm with Sixten Ehrling, Leonore in Fidelio
at the Théâtre des Champs d'Elysées, Paris, Strauss's Daphne
in Strasbourg. Ariadne in Toulouse and Lausanne (Conductor, Jesus Lopez-Cobos) and Vier Letzte Lieder with the Bemberger Symfoniker with Horst Stein.
In June 1998 Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe had a great personal success as Marschallin at Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, and the same year she returned to Augsburg to sing Sieglinde.
She was a sensational Senta at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin conducted by C. Thielemann who invited her back in both April 1999 and May 2002 and she sang Chrysothemis in the Salle Pleyel in Paris with conductor Semyon Bychkov. She also sang at the Royal opera, Copenhagen (Senta in 1998 and Marschallin in 1999). She sang Marschallin in Trieste, Senta in Madrid, Ariadne in Nancy (Conductor: Bertrand de Billy), Elsa in Lohengrin in Turin with Pinchas Steinberg and she was Ingeborg in Drot og Marsk at the Danish National Opera in Aarhus. In addition a number of concerts - both Lieder-recitals and concerts with orchestra all over Europe.
In 2001 she has sung Marschallin in Seville with Ralf Weikert conducting and she made her debut in Verona as Senta. She was immediately re-invited to sing Chrysotemis in Elektra
. Other appearances have been in Vier letzte Lieder by Strauss in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra with Vladimir Spivakov conducting and Ellen Orford Peter Grimes in Trieste.
In 2002 she sang Elisabeth in Tannhäuser
, in Nancy. She once again sang in the Vier letzte Lieder by Strauss in Saint Petersburg, Madama Butterfly
with the Danish National Opera, Aarhus, Chrysotemis in Elektra
in Verona and Marschallin in Rosenkavalier
Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe recorded Strauss's Vier Letzte Lieder
in 1994 and the recording was selected as "Editor's Choice" in Gramophone and was awarded in Télérama. She has also released a CD of Danish Hymns. In 1997 her CD recording of arias by Strauss and Wagner was released.
Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe has received numerous awards and prizes, and she was the first non-Swedish singer ever to receive the Birgit Nilsson Music Prize. In 1998 she was one of the soloists in Birgit Nilsson's 80 years' celebration concert at the Royal Opera, Stockholm.