Possessing a voice “with a deliciously full-bodied tone, rich in expression and control” and a “radiant, soaring sound”, Lee Abrahmsen is a multi-award winning soprano both on the operatic stage and concert platform.
Graduating from Melbourne University with an honours degree in Music and a Diploma of Education, Lee pursued a period of voice study and performance opportunities in Europe with Antonio Moretti-Pananti (Florence), Daniel Ferro Vocal Program and Festival (Tuscany) and the Bel Canto Festival (Holland).
Her many Australian Awards include the 86th Herald Sun Aria, the 2014 MOST Opera Awards 4MBS Performance Prize; the 2013 MOST Opera Awards Royal Over-Seas League Prize; the 2013 Acclaim Awards Italian Fellowship Award; the 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 she will appear on Qantas In-Flight Entertainment singing Richard Strauss Four Last Songs with Omega Ensemble from September, 2016.
Lee has appeared as principal artist with Melbourne Opera, Victorian Opera, Lyric Opera Melbourne, IOpera and CoOpera. Roles include: Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marguerite in Faust, CioCioSan in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Micaëla in Carmen, Elvira in I Puritani, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Title role in Stella by Marshall-Hall, Clotilde in Norma, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica, Lisa in La Sonnambula, Fifth Maid in Elektra, Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Olympia in Erwin und Elmire by Anna Amalia.
Recent Concert engagements in Australia include: Richard Strauss Four Last Songs (Chamber version by James Ledger) with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Angel Place; Richard Strauss’ Elektra singing Fifth Maid with Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (chamber version by Klaus Simon) with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Angel Place; Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Musicians; Bellini’s 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) and at 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.