Biography

Hailed as “a rising star”by Limelight Magazine (July 2016), Australian soprano Lee Abrahmsen is a multi-award winning soprano both on the operatic stage and concert platform.

Born in Geelong, Lee graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours degrees in Music and Education. Lee pursued a period of voice study in Europe with Antonio Moretti-Pananti (Florence), Daniel Ferro Vocal Program and Festival (Tuscany), Bel Canto Festival (Holland).  In Australia she was a scholar at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

Her many Australian Awards include the 86th Herald Sun Aria, 2013 MOST Opera Awards Royal Over-Seas League Prize, 2014 MOST Opera Awards 4MBS Performance Prize, 2013 Acclaim Awards Italian Fellowship Award, 2012 Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year Competition and the Austral Salon National Scholarship.  In 2012 Lee was nominated for a Green Room Award for her performance as Valencienne in Lehar’s Merry Widow for Melbourne Opera.  Lee has been heard regularly in performances recorded by ABC Classic FM and appeared on Qantas In-Flight Entertainment singing Richard Strauss Four Last Songs with Omega Ensemble.

Lee has appeared as principal artist with all major Opera Companies in Victoria and New South Wales. Roles include: Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Australia), Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, CioCioSan in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Bohème, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marguerite in Faust, Micaëla in Carmen, Elvira in I Puritani, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (all for Melbourne Opera), title role in Tosca (Australian Discovery Orchestra), Violetta in La Traviata (CoOpera), title role in Stella by Marshall-Hall (Lyric Opera of Melbourne), Clotilde in Norma (Victorian Opera), Lisa in La Sonnambula (Bel Canto Festival in Holland), Fifth Maid in Elektra (Sydney Symphony), Olympia in Erwin und Elmire (Iopera).

Recent Concert engagements in Australia include: Title role in Tosca with Australian Discovery Orchestra, Richard Strauss Four Last Songs (Chamber version by James Ledger) with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Richard Strauss Elektra singing Fifth Maid with Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House; Mahler Fourth Symphony (chamber version by Klaus Simon) with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Richard Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Bellini Norma singing Clotilde with Victorian Opera and Berlioz Les Nuits D’ètè¨with Melbourne Sinfonia.

Concert engagements overseas include: Recitals at St Martin in the Fields (London), recitals for the Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland), a recital tour spanning numerous cities in China and a recital in Tokyo, Japan for the International Double Reed Society Conference.

Lee’s previous concert and oratorio engagements include: Bach St John Passion and Wachet Auf, Berlioz Les Nuits D’ètè , Dvorák Requiem and Mass in D Minor, Brahms Deutsches Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah and Samson, Haydn Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse and The Creation, Mark Isaac Chamber Symphony, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Exultate Jubilate!, Coronation Mass, Sparrow Mass and Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Saint-Saëns Requiem, Schubert Salve Regina, Paul Stanhope Songs of the Shadowland, Verdi Requiem and Four Sacred Pieces, Vivaldi Gloria.

In 2018, Lee sings Isolde in Tristan und Isolde for Melbourne Opera with Anthony Negus Conducting; appears in recital with Omega Ensemble in the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House; and tours China as guest artist with Camberwell Chorale.