Franco-Danish mezzo-soprano Elsa Dreisig got noticed after winning the prestigious contest « Neue Stimmen » in February 2015. Despite her young age, she has already performed on the most prestigious stages in Europe, from Berlin's Staatsoper Opera Studio to Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris.
Born in a family of singers (her parents met during their respective performance in the roles of Pelléas and Mélisande), Elsa Dreisig started studying lyrical singing as a child, entering the Maîtrises (choir’s schools) of the Opéra royal de Wallonie and the Opéra national de Lyon. She then went on to study singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, as part of Valérie Guillorit's class, and later at the Hochschule für Musik de Leipzig with Regina Werner. Her passion for singing pushes her to explore the universe of melody and of the German operetta, as well as the Italian repertoire.
In 2011 she was awarded first prize at the “Des Mots et des Notes” competition in Paris. During a year at the Schubert-Academy in Aix-en-Provence (2014), and under the supervision of Matthias Goerne and Markus Hinterhäuser, Elsa Dreisig was awarded first prize at the “Ton und Erklärung” competition. After performing on stage with Natalie Dessay in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Théâtre du Châtelet in February 2015, Dreisig got more and more attention from France and abroad upon winning the First Prize and Audience Prize of the “Neue Stimmen” competition at only 23.
Her soft vocals and refreshing tone was praised by a jury of world-class singers such as Anja Silja, Francisco Araiza, Dietrich Henschel, Siegfried Jerusalem and Dominique Meyer. After this great accolade, she was quickly recognised as an exceptional young talent both in France and in Europe, as confirmed by her subsequent commitments and prizes: the role of Rosina in The Barber of Seville, co-produced by Opéra Nomade, in 2016 and 2017, the Bernard-Plantey Audience Award, the Clermont Young Audience Award, and the Jeune Espoir Award of the French Centre for lyrical promotion.
Five landmark dates in the life Elsa Dreisig
2011: awarded first prize at the “Des Mots et des Notes” competition
2012: entered the CNSMDP
2014: awarded first prize at the “Ton und Erklärung” competition
2014: performed with Natalie Dessay in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
2015: awarded First Prize and Audience Prize of the “Neue Stimmen” competition
Biography from Radio France’s document database, November 2015