Tom Erik Lie was born in Oslo and studied singing from 1986 to 1991 at the Conservatory and in the State Opera Academy in Oslo. In 1991 his first engagement led him to Düsseldorf. From 1993 to 1998 Tom Erik Lie was engaged in Gelsenkirchen. In the role of Wolfram in “Tannhäuser” he was nominated in 1996 by the magazine “Opernwelt” as “promising artist of the year”. In 1995 he received the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship for young Singers.
Guest engagements followed in Hannover, Essen, Nürnberg, Bonn, Leipzig and Dresden. From 1998 to 2001 Tom Erik Lie was a member of the ensemble at the opera in Leipzig. Here he sang Frère Léon in the German première of Messiaens “Saint François d’Assise”, Guglielmo, Papageno, Siegfried in Schumann´s “Genoveva” and Wolfram in “Tannhäuser”, a part which he also sang at the Royal Opera Copenhagen. As Don Giovanni and Robert Storch (in “Intermezzo” by R. Strauss) he celebrated great successes in Garsington Opera Festival. From 2001 to 2004 he was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he sang Papageno, Wolfram, Sharpless, Albert, Schaunard and Frère Léon. In the Komische Oper Berlin he had his debut in 2003 as Edwin in “Die Csárdásfürstin”. Since 2004 he is a member of the ensemble there, and sings Marcello in “La Bohème”, Count Almaviva in “The marriage of Figaro”, the title parts in “Eugene Onegin” and “Don Giovanni”, Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly”, Papageno in “The Magic Flute”, Gabriel von Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus”, Prince Jeletzky in “Pique Dame”, Horatio in Christian Jost’ “Hamlet” (world premiere) and Beckmesser in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”. He also had great success as Germont in “La Traviata”.
In May 2010 Tom Erik Lie sang the part of Phileas Fogg in Oslo in the premiere of “In 80 Days around the World” by Gisle Kverndokk.
Tom Erik Lie has sung numerous concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA with conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thieleman, Sir André Previn, Michael Jurowsky, Marcello Viotti, Paolo Carignani, Friedeman Layer, Jiri Kout, Peter Schneider and Mark Albrecht, and worked with directors including Peter Konwitschny, Hans Neuenfels, Calisto Bieto, Christof Loy, Kasper Holten and Andreas Homoki.