Soprano Lies Vandewege (1984) graduated in the class of Bernadette Degelin , with special distinction at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp , Belgium in june 2007.
After a most rigorous audition she was selected to pursue advanced studies at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel , Opera Studio section , tutored by José Van Dam .
As a soloist Lies had the opportunity to sing under the baton of many outstanding European conductors such as Dirk Brossé ( Beethoven Academie), Paolo Carignani ( La Monnaie/De Munt) , Enrico Delamboye ( Opera Montpellier) Richard Egarr (Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra), Robert Groslot ( Il Novecento), Theodor Guschlbauer ( National Orchestra of Belgium) , Leo Hussain ( Symphonic Orchestra La Monnaie), Hervé Niquet ( Le concert Spirituel) ,Yannis Pouspourikas ( Nuove Musiche) Yves Segers (Royal Band Belgium) ,Michel Tabachnik (Brussels Philharmonic – Christmas Concert Royal Palace) , Walter Weller ( National Orchestra of Belgium –Elias , Mendelssohn) and Lawrence Foster ( Gulbenkian Orchestra - Marguérite , Gounod).
On the opera stage, Lies made her debut in june 2008 at La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels with Haydn Amore and Little England , a coproduction with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel . She continued her musical journey at la Monnaie/De Munt where she sang a solo part in Mozart’s Idomeneo , she sang in the hommage concert to José Van Dam in 2010 and she gave a recital during the European Opera Days . She was cover for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni ( production of Warlikowski) and she was cover for Lady Macbeth in Macbeth , Verdi . She sang the part of ‘Dama di Lady Macbeth’ in the same production ( Fredj-Carignani).
On a wide variety of other opera stages she extended her repertoire in Orfeo , C.Monteverdi (La Speranza , Una Ninfa , Uno Spirito at the Opera de Montpellier ) La Corona , Gluck ( Climène), La Dafne ,M. Da Gagliano ( Pastore 1) , Dido and Aeneas , H.Purcell ( Dido) , Carmen , Bizet ( Frasquita and Mercedes) , Roméo et Juliette , Ch.Gounod (Stéphano) ,Les Contes d’Hofmann , J.Offenbach ( Giulietta ) , Das Land des Lächelns , F.Léhar ( Lisa) , Don Giovanni , W.A.Mozart ( Donna Elvira and Donna Anna) , Elektra , R.Strauss ( Magd) Opera Vlaanderen, Die Fledermaus , J.Strauss ( Rosalinde), Akhnaten , P.Glass ( Meketaten , 2nd Daughter ) Opera Vlaanderen .
She is often invited for solorecitals . She recently sang a recital in the Opera de Lille , FR ( Rückert Lieder Mahler ) and in the Opera Vlaanderen, BE (Wesendonck Lieder Wagner ) .
She participated in the production Haunted House of History ,a Wagnerian Theater Opera, created for the Opera Days Rotterdam with the company Wunderbaum and she sings the soprano solo in Tragedy of a Friendship , a production from Jan Fabre with Moritz Eggert and Stefan Hertmans for the festival XXI in Belgium in collaboration with Opera Vlaanderen , Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, Concertgebouw Brugge (december 2013) , Théâtre de la Ville Paris (june 2013), Opéra de Lille( November 2013), Wagner Genèva Festival( September 2013) & Holland Festival (june 2013).
She was re-invited by Jan Fabre to participate in the production ‘Mount Olympus-24h – To Glorify the cult of Tragedy’ . This production had it’s première in Berlin ( mai 2015) and continues it’s worldtour with Italy , the Netherlands , Greece , France etc in 2016-2017.
Mount Olympus-24h , Troubleyn – Jan Fabre ( Amsterdam , Paris , Madrid , Manchester ,…) 2017-2018
Nozze di Figaro ( Mozart) where she will sing her first Contessa ( june till september 2017)
Parsifal (Wagner) where she will sing Blümenmädchen and Knappe ( march 2018)