When joining the international vocal competition "Operalia" founded by Plácido Domingo, Elsa Dreisig was awarded First Prize as best female singer in July 2016. Only few weeks later the renowned magazine "Opernwelt" granted her the sought-after mention as "Young Artist of the Year". In 2017 she was awarded the Danish prize "Young Opera Artist of the Year" within the Copenhagen Opera Festival.
In 2015 Elsa Dreisig had already been awarded both Second Prize of the Queen Sonja International Music Compertition in Oslo as well as First Prize and Audience's Prize of the "Neue Stimmen" Competition of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh. She was also granted the "Prix jeune soliste 2015 des radios francophones publiques" (Young Soloist' Award 2015 of the French speaking public radio-companies) and she is the "Vocal Discovery" of the prestigious Victoires de la Musique Classique 2016. These major honours make her shine as a new star of the vocal art firmament.
Elsa Dreisig is French and Danish. She was still a child and already very keen to sing. She entered the Maîtrises (choir’s schools) of the Opéra royal de Wallonie and of the Opéra national de Lyon. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (class of Valérie Guillorit) and at the Hochschule in Leipzig (Regina Werner). She also attended numerous Masterclasses. Her singing teacher is Lionel Sarrazin.
From 2015 through 2017 she was a member of the Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Berlin under the artistic direction of Daniel Barenboim. In this frame she was offered to perform main roles such as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice with Bejun Mehta as Orfeo). At the Staatsoper Berlin she also took part in the new production of Martinú's Juliette with Rolando Villazón and Magdalena Kozená. She furthermore performed Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Clermont-Ferrand Opera and went on debuting on three majors stages: Pamina at the Opéra de Paris, Musetta (La Bohème) at the Zurich Opera House and Micaëla (Carmen) at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
As from season 2017/18 she is a steady member of the Berlin State Opera ensemble, taking part in the re-opening production of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Szenen aus Goethes Faust by Schumann) and making her debuts as Gretel (new-production of Haensel and Gretel) as well as Violetta (La Traviata) with this company. She will, however, also get back to the Opéra national de Paris (Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi).
Elsa Dreisig has recently performed in concert with the Berlin State Opera (Rossini's Petite messe solennelle), at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte Saint André (within the re-discovery of Herminie by Berlioz) and also went on tour with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under David Zinman (Mahler's 4th symphony). In 2017 she took part in the prestigious gala-concert of the German AIDS-Foundation at the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Donald Runnicles. She took part in the Festival "Gemischter Satz" of the Vienna Konzerthaus and made a sensational short-term-debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle performing Haydn's The Creation for the opening of the Berlin concert-season and subsequent tour-concerts at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Paris Philharmony.