„The statuesque and very watchable Harper-Brown is a fiery and commanding Musetta, bringing Act 2 to life with her dramatic and flamboyant entrance.“
Pacific Media Watch, John Henningham, 2005 - La Boheme, Puccini, Opera Queensland, Australia
„Her voice had the crispness of summer wine. More please!”
Sydney Morning Herald, 1999
Sydney Festival, Symphony Under the Stars, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Critically acclaimed as ‘radiant both vocally and visually‘, British born Lisa Harper-Brown is a unique and commanding performer. Equally at home on the recital platform or the operatic stage, Lisa has delighted audiences from Sydney to London in a range of repertoire from Bach to Bernstein.
She made her debut on the main-stage for Opera Australia singing Pamina in ‘The Magic Flute’. Since then her performances of Helena in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Fiordiligi in ‘Così fan Tutte’ and Elsa in ‘Lohengrin’, have delighted both critics and audiences alike and culminated in her being awarded a prestigious Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Countess Almaviva in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’.
Subsequent engagements included Ortlinde in The State Opera of South Australia’s ‘Die Walküre’, Dvořák’s ‘Stabat Mater’ with Prague Chamber Orchestra for the Perth International Arts Festival, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus’ for Opera Australia, and her debut in the role of Musetta for Opera Queensland’s exciting new production of La Bohème’.
In 2006 Lisa relocated to Europe to continue her career and was embraced by the artistic community within and beyond Berlin where she resided. She made her European debut with Hamburgische Staatsoper singing Erste Dame (1st Lady), in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (The Magic Flute). Subsequently, Lisa was a feature of Festivals throughout northern Germany and appeared regularly in Christmas Concerts within Berlin.
A past successful year saw her relocation back to Australia, where she once again entranced audiences for Perth's ‘Vienna Pops’ New Year's Eve Celebration. Lisa then returned to Opera Australia for their iconic production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’. She revisited the role of Helena for the Sydney Summer season and will also appear for the up-coming Melbourne Spring season towards the end of 2010.
This year Lisa joins the Seraphim Trio for a concert tour of the East Coast of Australia. The programme includes Beethoven's Scottish Songs and the exciting new mini-operetta, ‘The Ringtone Cycle’ commissioned from Australian composer, Graeme Koehne. The tour commences with the Monsalvat Series, in Eltham, in early October. Performances continue as part of the celebrated Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and culminate in Sydney, Melbourne and finally, Adelaide.
Lisa will also be featured in Port Fairy Festival's ‘Nocturne’, a candlelit tribute to Chopin, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth. She will be joined by associate artist, Stefan Cassomenos, presenting Chopin's rarely heard Polish Songs Op. 74.L
2011 will be an exciting year as Lisa travels around the country for tours with Sara Macliver (Soprano), Jonathan Paget (Classical Guitar) and also a South West Western Australian tour with her ensemble, VOYAGE. Together with associate artists Richard John (Piano), Paul Tanner (Percussion) and special guest, Greg Marston, their eclectic performances promise to capture the imagination of audiences, young and old.