Lisa Saffer  
New England First Place Winner 1984  
National Council Winner, 1984


A member of the Voice Faculty at the New England Conservatory since 2010, Lisa Saffer appeared in Handel’s “L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato” with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Kennedy Center and with Music of the Baroque in Chicago. The soprano also sang in Haydn's “Creation” at Colby College and with the Portland (Maine) Symphony, appeared in a Boston concert with Music For Food, performed music of William Bolcom at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, and took part in the 2102 SongFest, an intensive summer training program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, where she has been a faculty member for three seasons.


Lisa was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She received a bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and a master's degree (1984) and an artist diploma (1986) from the New England Conservatory of Music. Lisa received the Anna Case Mackay Award while serving as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera in the mid-'80s, and in 1988 was named a recipient of a National Music Theater Institute grant. Her early career was distinguished by her work in several Stephen Wadsworth productions of Monteverdi operas and by her performances in works of Handel. Beginning in the early '90s, she made a series of Handel recordings for Harmonia Mundi including Agrippina (1992), Ottone (1993), Judas Maccabeus, (1995), and Ariodante (2002). Lisa has also been sought after for Mozart: her roles have included Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, Despina in Così fan tutte, Servillia in La clemenza di Tito, Aminta in Il re pastore, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, in venues including Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass, New York City Opera, San Diego, the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu.

Simultaneously, Lisa has become an acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music. For her stunning performance in the title role of Alban Berg’s Lulu, she received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best vocal performance, and was nominated for an Olivier for outstanding achievement in Opera, London’s prestigious equivalent of Broadway’s Tony; a Chandos recording followed in 2006. Lisa also earned kudos for her performances in Harrison Birtwhistle’s Punch and Judy and Morton Feldman’s Neither for Netherlands Opera, Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Tanglewood Festival, Leos Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen for Houston Grand Opera, Philip Glass’s Orpheé for Portland Opera, and as Marie in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at ENO, Opera Bastille, and New York City Opera. Lisa is also identified with the works of Oliver Knussen, including Higglety Pigglety Pop! and Where The Wild Things Are. On the concert stage Lisa’s repertoire has ranged from the Baroque to the music of today, with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles here and abroad



For current engagements you can visit her agent's site. Miss Saffer is represented by Schwalbe and Partners

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