Scottish soprano Lisa Milne studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
In opera, her appearances have included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Pamina, Marzelline (Fidelio), Micäela (Carmen) and the title roles in Rodelinda and Theodora at the Glyndebourne Festival. Her many roles at the English National Opera have included Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), the title role in Alcina and Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress). At the Welsh National Opera she has sung Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) and she created the role of Sian in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s opera The Sacrifice. For Scottish Opera she has sung the title role in Semele, Adèle (Die Fledermaus), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna, Ilia (Idomeno) and Despina (Così fan tutte). She has also appeared with the Dallas Opera, Stuttgart Opera,Royal Danish Opera, at the Göttingen Handel Festival and on tour with the Salzburg Festival.
A frequent guest at the major festivals, her many concert engagements have included appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Levine, the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Gergiev, the Dresden Staatskapelle with Ticciati, the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Fischer and the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras with Harding.
A renowned recitalist, she has appeared at the Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and City of London Festivals; the Oxford Lieder Festival; the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and at the Schumannfeste in Dusseldorf. She is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Her many recordings include Ilia and Servilia with Mackerras, Atalanta (Serse) with McGegan, The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) with Hickox and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Fischer – winner of a Gramophone Award.
She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005.