Biography

Swedish born Gisela Stille began her studies at Lund University, Sweden and continued at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, where she graduated in 1999.

Recently she among others performed Fidelio with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Donna Anna/Don Giovanni at Savonlinna Opera Festival and Agathe/Freischütz at Semperoper Dresden, the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen and Michaela/Carmen at the Royal Opera Copenhagen, Pamina/Zauberflöte at Bregenzer Festspiele and Matilde/Wilhelm Tell with Carlo Rizzi and David Poutney at Welsh National Opera as well as Donizetti Lead role (TBD) at Welsh National Opera and Hélène/Vêpres Siciliennes with Stefan Herheim in Copenhagen. Future engagements include Mathilde/Guillaume Tell at Victorian Opera in Melbourne.

Both while studying and after graduation Mrs. Stille has had several engagements at the Royal Opera, Copenhagen, where she has sung a.o. Corinna/Il viaggio a Reims, Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, Gepopo /Venus/Le Grand Macabre, Anne Truelove/The Rakes Progress, Lucia/Lucia di Lammermoor, Lulu/Lulu, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Nanetta/Falstaff and Moira/The handmaid’s tale.

From 1999-2001 Gisela Stille was a principle at the Oper Bonn with the roles of Ännchen/Freischütz, Marzelline/Fidelio, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Tebaldo/Don Carlos and Waldvogel/Siegfried.

From 2001 Mrs. Stille is a company principle at the Royal Opera Copenhagen and her repertoire includes Corinna/Il viaggio a Reims, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Despina/Cosi fan tutte, Sophie/Werther, Pamina/Zauberflöte, Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro and Adele/Die Fledermaus. In addition she has sung Miss Wordsworth/Albert Herring at the Aarhus Summer Opera, Denmark.

Former highlights include Alban Berg’s Lulu in a very successful production by Stefan Herheim in Oslo and Copenhagen, conducted in Copenhagen by Michael Boder. She also sang all the soprano parts in The Tales of Hoffmann, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella - in a new production in Malmö.

Besides performing on opera stages Gisela Stille has sung with several orchestras in various countries: The Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel), with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder, Grieg songs with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Mayland, Symphony no. 9 by Beethoven in Palermo, Italy, Schubert’s Mass in A major in Brussels with Walter Weller conducting and a tour in Great Britain with Elvis Costello, performing his Secret Songs written specially for Gisela.

She was finalist in Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Norway and the Belvedere Competition in Vienna and has received numerous legacies and prizes. Moreover she was the recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Award in 2006.

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Reviews

Lulu, A. Berg, Semperoper Dresden, February 2012
"Gisela Stille ist eine eher lyrische Lulu, die ihre stärksten Momenten in höchsten Sopranhöhen entfaltet."

Lulu, A. Berg, Semperoper Dresden, February 2012
"Für die Wahnsinnspartie der Lulu hat Gisela Stille stimmliche Reserven von verblüffender Kraft und besonderer Höhensicherheit."

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