Elizabeth Blancke-biggs

Elizabeth Blancke-biggs

Dramatic/Heroic Soprano

Dramatic Soprano singing all the crazy roles of Strauss, Puccini and Verdi.
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«"Elizabeth Blanke-Biggs is an Elektra who is well suited in every way to take on the difficulties of the part: the voice has the proper volume, the color shows a beautiful old style darkness appropriate for the role, the high notes are solid and brilliant, and the character is vividly and intricately drawn in its lucid madness cloaked by a fury that is more interior than exterior"»
w.teatro.it (2016)
«"Elektra could be defined as a "one woman show", and Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs truly succeeds in drawing the spectator to her with a charisma that makes one want her monologues and scenes to never end. Her interpretation is breath-takingly fascinating, based on a declamation and use of text that would make a Shakespearian actor jealous. Her lirico-spinto voice, warm and convincing, fits the role perfectly, and the great professional knows how to keep her sound bright and smooth in the center of her voice, and in the beautiful high register, and then to obtain the maximum dramatic effect to darken the low, and medium low parts without taking away the musicality in this difficult role rich in quasi spoken, whispered, and loud passages, heading almost to screams."»
http://www.liricamente.it/ (2016)
«As Salome-Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs filled the demanding role spectacularly (...) I don’t think I’ve ever heard a soprano with such powerful low notes, something Blancke-Biggs showed off to great effect when begging Herodes for the head of Jochanaan. The final monologue was nothing less than ravishing. I would really love to see her back in Oslo, especially in Strauss’ heavier roles.»
Bachtrack (2016)
2017Strauss R.: ElektraElektra
2016Puccini: TurandotTurandot
2016Wagner: GötterdämmerungGutrune
2015Strauss R.: SalomeSalome
2015Strauss R.: ElektraElektra
2014Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2014Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2014Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2014Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2014Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestMinnie
2014Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2014Verdi: RequiemSoprano soloist
2013Strauss R.: SalomeSalome
2013Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2012Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2011Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2010Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2010Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestMinnie
2009Bellini: NormaNorma
2008Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2008Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2008Verdi: AidaAida
2007Verdi: ErnaniElvira
2005Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestMinnie
2005Verdi: Il TrovatoreLeonora
2004Bellini: NormaNorma
2003Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2003Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2000Donizetti: Maria StuardaMaria Stuarda

Bio


Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs is becoming recognized as one of the most exciting lirico-spinto sopranos on the international scene today. Critics have praised her virtuosic bel canto technique, the beauty of her voice, her pyrotechnic coloratura, and her unerring theatricality.

A brilliant interpreter of the most demanding roles in the Spinto-drammatico soprano repertory, she has recently appeared as Turandot for her role debut at Den Norske Opera in an Andreas Homoki production, and Strauss' Elektra in a critically acclaimed role debut for the Teatro Communale Bologna where one reviewer said.""Elektra could be defined as a "one woman show", and Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs truly succeeds in drawing the spectator to her with a charisma that makes one want her monologues and scenes to never end. Her interpretation is breath-takingly fascinating, based on a declamation and use of text that would make a Shakespearian actor jealous." She sang Strauss' Salome  in an acclaimed production with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional at Mexico City's Bellas Artes, and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung for the Teatro Massimo Palermo. She was featured as Violetta in La Traviata for Teatro La Plata Argentina's new production, for which she won the Argentinian Critics Award as "Discovery of the Year." She was Verdi's Lady Macbeth in Montevideo, and Abigaille in a critically acclaimed Nabucco at the Grand Théâtre de Gèneve, Nancy, France, and at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica. She was the featured artist opening the Verdi Bicentennial in Concerts at Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcoyotl and at Palacio de Bellas Artes followed by the Verdi Messa da Requiem conducted by Mo. Carlo Miguel Prieto. Her critically acclaimed role and house debut in Strauss' Salome was at den Norske Opera in Stefan Herheim's reprise of his Salzburg production. She then appeared under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Puccini's La Fanciulla del West at his Castleton International Festival. She was heard internationally at the Metropolitan Opera as Tosca on a live Sirius Satellite broadcast with the tenor Marcello Giordani.

Hailed as one of the best young Verdi singers by Placido Domingo, she appeared with him at the Washington National Opera as Giordani’s Fedora in a gala performance. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta in the Zeffirelli production of Verdi’s La Traviata under the baton of Marcello Viotti with Lado Ataneli as Germont, and her Italian debut was the title role in Jonathan Miller’s production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at Torino’s Teatro Regio, conducted by Evelino Pidó. In South America she was Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco for Chile’s Teatro Municipal, with Maurizio Benini. In London she appeared as Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West for Opera Holland Park. She was seen as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, for Florida Grand Opera with Anthony Michaels-Moore as Rance, and where one reviewer said “... [her] rapturous sound literally enveloped the stage. A flamboyant, charismatic stage presence.” She returned to FGO to sing a critically acclaimed Tosca. For the New York City Opera she was seen as both Tosca and Mimì in La Bohème. She reprised Abigaille in Nabucco for the Aspendos Festival at the 15,000-seat Roman amphitheater in Antalya, Turkey, and was featured in a new production of Aida at Opera Omaha and Norma for Palm Beach Opera with Ruth Ann Swenson as Adalgisa. She toured Japan with the Metropolitan Opera as Ortlinde in Die Walküre with Placido Domingo, and James Morris, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Concert appearances included a return to the Tirado Festival in Alamos Mexico for an all Verismo Aria Concert and the Rossini Stabat Mater and Dvorak Te Deum at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Upcoming appearances include 2 orchestral concerts as  Tosca for the OSEM in Mexico, and the OFUNAM at Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City, and Elektra with Opera Edmonton.



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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Elektra Elektra Jump In ready Edmonton Opera (Edmonton) 2017
Puccini: Turandot Turandot Jump In ready Den Norske Opera 2016
Wagner: Götterdämmerung Gutrune Jump In ready Teatro Massimo di Palermo 2016
Strauss R.: Salome Salome Jump In ready Palacio de Bellas Artes 2015
Strauss R.: Elektra Elektra Jump In ready Teatro Comunale di Bologna 2015

Awards

Premio abbiati
2016
premio revelación critics assoc of argentina
2016