Tom Erik Lie

Soloist - Baritone
I just wandered through all the voice types: from
soprano to alto, then into tenor, and ultimately
baritone. And that’s where I stayed

Oslo / Norway

Konservatorium und Staatliche Opernhochschule Oslo

»Ingrid-Bjoner-Stipendium für junge Sänger« 1995. Von der Zeitschrift Opernwelt 1996 nominiert als »Nachwuchskünstler des Jahres«.

Christian Thielemann, Kirill Petrenko, Marcello Viotti, André Previn, Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski

Barrie Kosky, Peter Konwitschny, Hans Neuenfels, Andreas Homoki, Christof Loy, Achim Freyer, Stefan Herheim, Calixto Bieito

Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Oper Leipzig, Deutsche Oper Berlin

Titelpartien des Jewgeni Onegin, Don Giovanni, Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Edwin (Die Csárdásfürstin), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Hoffmann 2 (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Marcel (La Bohème), Graf Almaviva (Die Hochzeit des Figaro), Georges Germont (La Traviata), Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Amme (Die Krönung der Poppea), Gevatter (Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi), Martin (Candide), Herr von Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Popolani (Blaubart), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Oberst Pickering (My Fair Lady), Gevatter (Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi), Der Blechmann (Der Zauberer von Oz)

Frère Léon (St. François d’Assise), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Siegfried (Genoveva), Wolfram v. Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Albert (Werther), Schaunard (La Bohème), Staatsoper Hannover, Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Theater Bonn, Semperoper Dresden, Königliche Oper Kopenhagen, Norwegische Oper Oslo, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Since he was 9 years old, Tom Erik Lie knew that he wanted to be an opera singer. The catalyst for this realisation was also his debut on an opera stage: in the children’s choir in Tosca at the Oslo Opera House. »I was so fascinated that it never let me go«, he recalls. At 9 years of age, he went of his own accord to join the Norwegian Broadcasting Boys’ Choir, where his special gift didn’t go unnoticed for long. He was quickly entrusted with minor solo parts. And he didn’t even have to interrupt the solid start to his singing career while his voice was breaking: »I just wandered through all the voice types: from soprano to alto, then into tenor, and ultimately baritone. And that’s where I stayed«, he says with a laugh.

At 17, he took his first private singing lessons, and nobody was surprised when he was accepted to study singing at the conservatorium in Oslo after graduating from high school. Upon completing his studies, he received a place in the Opera Studio of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. And from that point, one thing led to another: after his first engagement in Gelsenkirchen came Oper Leipzig, with the Artistic Director Udo Zimmermann then taking him along to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. A guest role – as Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin – then brought him to the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin.

»Nowadays, Berlin has become my home«, concedes Tom Erik Lie. »I feel really at home here. Of course I miss the breathtaking nature of my homeland: the mountains running straight down to the ocean.« A hut in Norway on the coast, where the mountains meet the sea – that would be one of Tom Erik Lie’s dreams that he hasn’t yet ticked off. »A few summers’ ago I spent part of my holiday near the city of Bergen in a hut on a small island. We went fishing in a boat: mackerel, cod, pollock. Straight from the rod into our mouths, so to speak. A dream!«