The Dutch-American soprano Lisa Houben began her international career with Tosca. Since then, her performances of Fidelio, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Lady Macbeth and Aïda brought her to Rome’s Teatro Manzoni, 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 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, she 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.
More recently, she interpreted Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade conducted by Alain Lombard and Chausson’s Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer conducted by Michel Plasson.
Upcoming engagements include: Verdi’s Giovanna d'Arco (title role) at the Concertzaal of Leiden, a CD production of rare Italian arias with various concerts…
Her discography to date includes the world-premiere recordings of Leoncavallo’sZaza and Persiani’s Ines de Castro for Bon Giovanni and Domenico Monlenone’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Mistero. She recorded a CD of rare and inedited Italian Ave Maria’s.