Soprano Elsa Dreisig has French and Danish roots. A graduate of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris, she won first prize at the prestigious Operalia Competition in 2016, the year in which she was also named Vocal Discovery at the Victoires de la Musique Classique and voted Young Artist of the Year in a poll of critics conducted by the magazine Opernwelt.
As early as 2015 she had already won the second prize in the Queen Sonja Competition in Oslo and the first prize and audience prize in the New Voices Competition in Gütersloh. That same year she joined the Opera Studio of the Berlin State Opera, graduating to the main ensemble in 2017. The roles she has sung here include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Violetta (La traviata). She has also taken part in a series of new productions, including Diane (Hippolyte et Aricie), Gretchen in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s ‘Faust’, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Natascha in the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee. She made her Paris Opéra debut as Pamina in January 2017 and has returned there as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), as Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni and as Elvira (I puritani). Her most recent guest engagements have also included Musetta (La bohème), her acclaimed role debut as Massenet’s Manon at the Zurich Opera and Micaëla in a new production of Carmen at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
As a concert artist Elsa Dreisig has toured Europe, performing Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Berlin Philharmonic, in which capacity she made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2017. She also toured Europe with the London Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge and has appeared with the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Simon Rattle, Franz Welser-Möst, Massimo Zanetti and David Zinman.
Elsa Dreisig records exclusively for Warner Classics / Erato. Her debut album, Miroir(s) (2018) has received numerous awards. Her second solo album, Morgen, with the pianist Jonathan Ware, appeared in 2020. She also features in a recording of Massenet’s opéra comique Don César de Bazan that Naxos released in 2020.
Elsa Dreisig is an ambassador for Opera for Peace. In 2019 she was awarded the Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Cultural Award.