Danish coloratura soprano Louise Fribo had her breakthrough in Denmark at the age of 21 as Cunegonde in Candide shortly after completing her training at the Bush Davies School in England as a “triple threat” - a performer equally at home in dance, singing and acting.
A career followed within musicals where Louise played a number of bigger roles before enrolling at The Royal Danish Opera Academy. Her natural identity as a coloratura soprano founded the base for her operatic work and after her debut as Zerbinetta at Theater Lübeck, she sang the part of La Costanza at the Salzburg Festival 2006 in Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione. The festival announced her to be one of their “Stars of Tomorrow” in their Generation con Brio series. - The opera has been recorded and released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophone.
Subsequently she has had engagements such as Queen of the Night at Volksoper Wien, Fiakermilli at Staatsoper Hamburg, Blondchen at Deutsche Oper am Rehin and Komische Oper, Waldvogel at Opera National de Lyon and Olympia at the Komische Oper as well as The Royal Opera in Denmark, for which she received a Reumert Award.
Furthermore she had her role debut as Ariel – the extremely high and difficult role in the opera The Tempest by Thomas Adés, at Theater Lübeck. Louise received outstanding reviews for her Ariel in all of the European opera magazines, for her ability to express “the other worldly” and “create a poetic turning point in the opera.”
During the years 2010-12 she toured Europe and USA with the stageplay “The Infernal Comedy” starring US actor John Malkovich. The play featured the Wiener Akademie Orchester conducted by Martin Haselböck.
Louise is a frequent soloist with all the orchestras in Denmark at their New Year and summer concerts as well as specials and appearances for Royalty and on television. During the last 20 years she regularly performed and toured with Danish composer and legend Bent Fabricius-Bjerre.
Oratorios include Exultate Jubilate, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B-Minor, Händel’s Messiah, Mozarts Requiem as well as Mahler’s 8th and Orff’s Carmina Burana - Notable concerts include Il re Pastore with The Danish Radio Sinfonietta under Adam Fischer and The Messiah under Peter Dijkstra as well as operatic and concert collaborations with conductors such as Simone Young, Eivind Aadland, Gerard Korsten, Marc Soustrot, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Ernst Märzendorfer, Robin Ticciati, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Michael Schønwandt and Giordano Bellincampi.
Parallel to her operatic career Louise has maintained a foot in the musical and commercial world of the arts thus appearing as an actress on different tv-shows as well as starring frequently as a soloist with the orchestras in Denmark. She is also the Danish voice of Disney characters Ariel, Belle and Mary Poppins and has recorded 7 albums in her own name.
Her latest musical roles include Christine in Love never dies, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, The Girl in Tell me on a Sunday and Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera – all perfofrmed at the leading musical theatre Det Ny Teater, in Copenhagen. For these roles she received great acclaim as well as receiving the award as Singer of The Year and The Ebbe Rode Award of Honour.
Louise is now in the middle of adding new roles to her operatic repertoire. From being a lyric coloratura soprano, she is now making a fachwechsel and will be offering roles such as Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte , title role in Bellini’s Norma and Elvira in I Puritani.