Elizabeth Llewellyn

Elizabeth Llewellyn

Lirico Spinto Soprano

Debut as Madama Butterfly, Sept 2017, Royal Danish Opera
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«"Elizabeth Llewellyn characterizing ELVIRA with a formidable blend of double cream and gleaming metal"»
opera magazine (2016)
«"Elizabeth Llewellyn is a British soprano... whose rich, lyric instrument produced refined tone at every point in her wide range and whose sense of Puccinian style was consistently impressive; she brought to the role of Magda glamour, sophistication and a voice it would be hard to match anywhere in terms of beauty and color."»
opera news (2016)
«"In her debut as Elsa, Elizabeth Llewellyn reaped a huge personal triumph. With well-nigh-perfect diction, she modulated her ever-so-slighty smoky timbre from the dreamy forlorness of the first scenes to an unusually strong confrontational tone. Her voice carried to the furthest nook, even in the pianissimo passages, and - almost alone in the cast - she seemed to have power in reserve during even her most outgoing effusions."»
opera magazine (2016)
2018Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2018Gershwin: Porgy and BessBess
2017Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2017Puccini: La RondineMagda De Civry
2016Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2016Puccini: Il tabarroGiorgietta
2016The Iris MurderIris
2015Lehár: Die Lustige WitweTitle role
2015Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2015Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2015Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorSoprano
2015Puccini: Il tabarroGiorgietta
2014Wagner: LohengrinElsa of Brabant
2014Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66Soprano
2014Gershwin: Porgy and BessBess
2014Mahler: Symphony No. 8, E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)2nd Soprano
2013Verdi: Simon BoccanegraAmelia Grimaldi
2013Verdi: Simon BoccanegraAmelia Grimaldi
2013Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2013Beethoven: Symphony No. 9Soprano
2013Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66Soprano
2013Mozart: Die Zauberflöte1. Dame
2012Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2012Strauss R.: Vier letzte Lieder No. 1, TrV 296 (Frühling)Soprano
2012Bizet: CarmenMichaela
2012Britten: The Turn of the ScrewGoverness
2012Handel: RodelindaRodelinda
2011Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroLa Contessa
2011Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2010Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2010Handel: AlcinaAlcina
2010Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna


London-born Elizabeth's current and future engagements include Magda in La Rondine in London, her long-awaited debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly for the Royal Danish Opera, and her US debut with Seattle Opera. Elizabeth made her operatic debut as Mimì in Jonathan Miller's production of La Bohème at the English National Opera (which led to her being named as "Best newcomer in opera in 2010" by The Telegraph). Elizabeth’s performance of Amelia in Simon Boccangera with ETO won her a nomination for “Singer of the Year 2013” in OpernWelt magazine, and she stepped in to sing the role again later that year with Sir Mark Elder. Other roles include Tosca, Elsa/Lohengrin (Theater Magdeburg), Giorgetta/Il Tabarro and the title role in Suor Angelica (Royal Danish Opera), Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte (Opera Holland Park; Theater Magdeburg), Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park; English National Opera); Micaela/Carmen (ENO); Governess/The Turn of the Screw (Arcola Theatre, London), Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Iford Opera; Theater Magdeburg; Bergen National Opera), Bess/Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera), Hanna Glawari/The Merry Widow (Cape Town Opera). As well as a successful Rosenblatt Recital, Elizabeth's recent concert appearances have included Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Sir Mark Elder, Mahler's 8th Symphony with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Beethoven's 9th Symphony in St Paul's Cathedral, Britten's War Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and a live performance of Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder on BBC Radio 3 with Donald Runnicles and the BBCSSO. Elizabeth won the inaugural Voice of Black Opera Competition / Sir Willard White Award in 2009, and she was the opera nominee for the prestigious Breakthrough Award at the 2013 Times/Sky Arts Southbank Awards.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) Royal Danish Opera (det Kongelige Teater) 2018
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Bess Seattle Opera 2018
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca Immediately Theater Magdeburg 2017
Puccini: La Rondine Magda De Civry Immediately Opera Holland Park 2017
Verdi: Requiem Soprano Immediately Theater Magdeburg 2016