Signe Lykke


New trombone concerto

Mar - 2024

currently working on a trombone concerto for the incredible trombone player from the Berlin Philharmonic Jesper Busk Sørensen. The piece is commissioned by the Royal Danish Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony orchestra and will have its world premiere in May 2025 in Copenhagen Opera House with the Royal Danish Orchestra and conductor Marie Jacquot.

“Kun stemmen bliver tilbage” world premiere at BLOOM festival 24

Mar - 2024

The opera “Kun stemmen bliver tilbage” by artist collective Motherboard has its world premiere on the 24th of Maj at Bloom Festival in Copenhagen. It then travels the country to be featured on four other festivals during June – September 2024. Extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and risk taking from both festivals, curators and collaborators.

Artist in Residency announcement at BLOOM Festival

Mar - 2024

Excited to share that I will be artist in residence for the next three years at BLOOM Festival in Copenhagen. I will be working with award winning string quartet NOVO quartet and in May we will present 4 solo pieces exploring the symbiotic relationship between microbes and humans.

Bloom presents some of the brightest researchers, scientists, philosophers, thinkers, and artists of our time. Everything takes place in a participative, recreational, and sensory setting, where concerts, food, art installations, an open laboratory, and other breathing spaces seduce and captivate.

New commission from Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier

Feb - 2024

Writing a new vocal piece for grammy winning Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier to be premiered in June 24 with an additional recording later this year.

Nordkraft nominated for a Reumert Award

May - 2022

The opera “Nordkraft” is nominated for a Reumert 2022 award in the category “best opera”. The award ceremony takes place at Odeon in Odense June 12th.

Nordkraft nominated for a Carl Award

May - 2022

The opera “Nordkraft” is nominated for a Carl Award 2022 in the category “Large ensemble” together with Bent Sørensens´ piano concerto and Martin Staunings´ harp concerto. The award ceremony takes place in Tivoli Copenhagen on June the 13th.

“I shall feed my eyes” world premiere in VEGA Cph.

May - 2022

New piece for award winning choir Ars Nova premiers in VEGA in Copenhagen on the 17th of October.

I shall feed my eyes is about overexposure – a circular narrative exploring two fundamental flaws of human behaviour: greed and self- staging. Subsequently the singers are not referred to as soprano, alto, tenor or bass, but merely Voyeurs.
The piece consists of six different movements referred to as Mirages, each movement exploring different ways of mirroring oneself whether on social media, in the privacy of your bathroom or in popular culture.

The text in “I shall feed my eyes” is a short extract from the Roman poet Ovid’s metamorphoses, book 3: the myth of Narcissus and Echo (8 AD). This piece is about the pool of water in which Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection and subsequently dies. This pool represents the age of digital narcissism – changing of mirrors from pool to screen. As relevant today as in the day of Ovid.

“Motherboard” – new artist collective by Signe Lykke and Katinka Fogh Vindelev

Apr - 2022

Newly founded artist collective, “Motherboard” is a community and a laboratory that radically rethinks opera – a group of artists each representing a creative field within opera´s core disciplines.

Motherboard is founded by composer Signe Lykke and performer and soprano Katinka Fogh Vindelev.

First performance of the opera trilogy by Motherboard to premier on CPH:DOX

Mar - 2022

The first chapter of the opera triologi entitled “Hele min Eksistens var som et Glas Mælk mellem mine Hænder” by artist collective “Motherboard” will premier at CPH:DOX festival on the 3rd of April 2022 at Statens Museum for Kunst. The opera will be presented in three different performative settings: a long durational opera performance by soprano Katinka Fogh Vindelev and percussionist Sara Nigaard Rosendal, a short film and four different film tableaus directed by film makers Cille Hannibal and Frigge Fri and the digital release of the score for “Hele min eksistens var som et glas mælk mellem mine hænder”.

Nordkraft in Politiken as “event of the year 2021”

Dec - 2021

Nordkraft is mentioned in Politiken as one of the most memorable events of 2021. “Abstinenser og mørke: med operaen “Nordkraft” skabte komponist Signe Lykke og tekstforfatter Nila Parly en forestilling, der indfangede det hårde narkomiljø omkring en flok unge i Aalborg. Ved at omforme forestillingen i Ejersbo roman til tre scener uden for tid og sted lykkedes det at bruge opera genren til det den virkelig kan: skabe store stemninger og følelser. Værket blev en begivenhed i 2021″

Review of Nordkraft in Financial Times

Aug - 2021

★★★★ Financial Times – “Lykke delivers moments of brilliance in her first full-length opera, and she has striking scenography, lighting and acting with her every step of the way.


Review of Nordkraft in Nordjyske Stiftstidense

Aug - 2021

★★★★★ Nordjyske
“(…) The duet “Du er mit Hjem” is an example of melodical purity and impact which has pure operaformat and reaches your heart”

Review of Nordkraft in Sceneblog

Aug - 2021

“With Signe Lykkes newly composed notes director Jacob Hultberg takes a beautifully composed collection of musicians – from Copenhagen Phil, Halvcirkel and Copenhagen Opera Festival, and let them fill the theatre with tension and absolution as the vocalensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen and the cast of singers fomidably delivers to the audience.

Signe Lykke on Nordkraft short documentary

Aug - 2021