JOHN                    —                     LIDAL



John Lidal works regularly with established artists and collaborates intensely with the new generation of singers in Scandinavia, Germany, France and in the US, in recitals, recording and broadcasting.

(Eng.) Among Scandinavian pianists, John Lidal cuts a prominent profile. Through his versatility and deep experience as accompanist, chamber musician and vocal coach, he is a much sought-after collaborator, having worked throughout the United States and Europe with artists of international stature.

(No.) John Lidal har sin utdannelse fra Musik-konservatoriet i Trondheim, Norges Musikkhøgskole i Oslo, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London og Manhattan School of Music, New York. Som pianist og kammermusiker har Lidal samar-beidet med en rekke prominente internasjonale kunstnere. Han har coachet ledende roller for produksjoner ved operahus i Europa og USA. Mellom 2001-2011 var Lidal del av fakultet ved The Manhattan School of Music i New York. Han er for tiden engasjert ved Den Norske Opera & Ballett.

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The Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation’s Opera and Ballet prize is thus awarded, at the celebration of the Prize’s 10th anniversary, to the person who has been a close collaborator with all the Prize’s previous winners on the opera side – invisible to the audience, but always intensely present in the artistic performance on stage and podium! John Lidal makes a difference to the art form Opera in our country.

Tom Wilhelmsens Stiftelses opera- og ballettpris tildeles således, ved feiringen av prisens 10-årsjubileum, personen som har vært nær samarbeidspartner med alle prisens tidligere vinnere på opera-siden – usynlig for publikum, men alltid intenst tilstedeværende i den kunstneriske utførelsen på scene og podium! John Lidal utgjør en forskjell for kunstformen Opera i vårt land.

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John has a remarkable international background and he has been involved in several projects in Nor-way, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and the U.S.A.


"John is working with singers of the highest caliber, artists who sing at many of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. He is at the very top of his profession."

Patricia McCaffrey

Quotes about John:

Musically and vocally one feels in very safe hands with John Lidal. Moreover, his musical gifts, personality, vast knowledge and experience make him an ideal challenger and inspirer! In many ways he represents the ‘gold standard’ of coaching and mentoring today. 

John Lidal’s fierce commitment, uncompromising standards and wordly music sense makes him an ideal coach. He is a cut above the rest, the cream of the crop, a powerhouse coach. «Only kings, emperors and empresses shall stand above you – but no one else at all!» (ARABELLA, R. Strauss). 

Hugely kowledgable, inspiring and refined. His ability to guide singers in their work is exceptional. 
‘Next level’-coaching is John Lidal.

John Lidal represents the highest quality of coaching today.

John Lidal’s excellent contribution and impact in the field of classical vocal music cannot be overestimated. He is a singer’s champion, an asset beyond compare in the operatic arena – and a wonderful human being! 

John Lidal’s expertise covers the whole spectrum of what constitutes a great coach. His experience in the field, insights, supportive personality and sheer grasp of the craft make him a most welcome and trusted collaborator. Lidal is one of Scandinavia’s top vocal coaches for the classical repertoire. 

My highest recommendation! John Lidal is a fabulous coach for classical singers. His deep understanding of bel canto style, linguistic finesse and operatic drama is second to none.

John Lidal’s musicianship, supportiveness and well-informed honesty makes him a true find for any singer! His way of uniting musicality and text with healthy vocalism is extraordinary. A complete coach and a mentor of international standing – John Lidal is an artist in his own right.

John Lidal is one of the world’s greatest coaches and mentors to many wonderful talents all over the world. Meeting him in Oslo for the «Queen Sonja International Singing Competition» and watching him work with such painstaking care was eye opening and a true joy to behold. He brings that joy of making music to every artist in his care. I simply adore him and respect him for all that he gives to his craft.

John Lidal is a professional of the highest standard.

John Lidal is a truly delightful person to work with! I highly recommend him for any and all opera, recital, concert, and teaching situation requiring his vast experience. His musicianship and artistry are an inspiration to all who come in contact with him.

John Lidal is one of the best coaches of his generation for opera and concert singers.

John Lidal is a splendid pianist and coach, with a thorough knowledge of languages and musical styles. He possesses an extraordinarily fine-tuned ear, and seems to know exactly how to correct mistakes without causing the singer to become insecure. John Lidal is a world-class musician.

John Lidal is working with singers of the highest caliber, artists who sing at many of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. He is at the very top of his profession.


LidalNorth International

LidalNorth International Opera Workshop was created by John Lidal. The mission of the program is to provide a comprehensive program for singers at an advanced level, including: vocal technique, vocal coaching, and body and movement coaching, masterclasses, and performance opportunities. 

We believe that through hard work and careful planning, we can make LidalNorth a program that spotlights international talent and helps them on their way to operatic careers on the international stage. Lidal North International Opera Workshop will continue to be a program in which singers, teachers, and supporters will feel proud to participate. We know we can provide the highest quality-training and performance opportunities to the finest young singers in the world - truly the up and coming opera stars of the future.

See Lidal North International mentoring’s involvement:

«LidalNorth» teaching colleagues are drawn from institutions such as the «Lindemann Young Artist Development Program», Metropolitan Opera; «Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio»; «International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden», and others. 


All photographies by:Péter Madai