Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts

Lyric Soprano

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«Elizabeth was a delight to work with on the Olympic opening ceremony. A luminous presence and the loveliest voice made her a great part of a huge team effort»
danny boyle (director) (2016)
«Her line was supple in 'Mi tradi' and her resigned, rather than hysterical, characterization of elvira was unusually believable.»
yeshuda shapiro 'opera' magazine (2016)
«Mimi is sung exquisitely by soprano Elizabeth Roberts, an accomplished singer with a history of performances with the BBC and the Royal Opera House, whose voice brings a glow to her character’s pallid appearance.»
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2017Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2017Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2016Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)Soprano
2016Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Soprano
2016Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2015Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2015Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorSoprano
2015Dvořák: Stabat Mater, B. 71, Op. 58Soprano
2015Bach J.S.: Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio)Soprano
2014Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorSoprano
2014Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2014Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2014Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorSoprano
2014Orff: Carmina BuranaSoprano
2013Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2012Massenet: HérodiadeSalome
2011Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorSoprano
2011Berkeley: A Dinner EngagementCountess of Dunmow
2010Orff: Carmina BuranaSoprano
2008Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)Soprano
2007Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2006Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2006Puccini: Gianni SchicchiLauretta
2004Puccini: La BohèmeMusetta
2003Mozart: Don GiovanniZerlina
2003Mozart: Don GiovanniZerlina
2001Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroSusanna
2001Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreAdina
2000Mahler: Symphony No. 4, G majorSoprano
2000Mozart: Mass K.317, C major (Coronation)soprano
2000Puccini: Gianni SchicchiLauretta
2000Poulenc: Gloria, FP 177Soprano
2000Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem)Soprano
2000Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for high voice and orchestra Op.24Soprano solo
2000Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2000Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
1998Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBridesmaid


Elizabeth made her debut at London&rsquos Royal Festival Hall and on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the London premiere of Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Terror and First Woman), conducted by Martyn Brabbins and directed by Kenneth Richardson. Elizabeth also appears on two recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra:  Chausson’s opera Le roi Arthus under Leon Botstein; and Josef Marx’s Herbstchor an Pan under Jirí Belohlávek.  She was honoured to be chosen as soprano soloist at the entry of the Olympic Flame and the lighting of the cauldron, performing with Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Elizabeth’s oratorio repertoire spans from Mozart's great choral works to Tippett’s A Child of Our Time via Verdi's Requiem and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.  Working with conductors such as Paul McCreesh, Jonathan Willcocks and Adrian Partington, she has performed in many of the great venues and festivals throughout the UK, including St John's Smith Square, Christ Church Spitalfields (Mozart K528 Bella mia fiamma and Beethoven Symphony No. 9), Durham Cathedral (Beethoven Missa Solemnis), Truro Cathedral (Haydn Stabat Mater), Dorchester Abbey (Beethoven Missa Solemnis) and Tewkesbury Abbey (Orff Carmina Burana).  Outside the UK, concert performances have taken her to Darmstadt for Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the Konzertchor Darmstadt and Philharmonie Südwestfalen under Wolfgang Seeliger; to All Saints English Church in Rome for Bach’s Johannes Passion, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; and to Spoleto (Vaughan Williams with the Berkshire (USA) Choral Festival).  In 2012 she performed Orff’s Carmina Burana in Beijing with the Peking Sinfonietta under Nicholas Smith OBE. Elizabeth is also an accomplished recitalist. In November 2012 she premiered Keith Burstein’s cycle Songs of Love & Solitude with Julian Gallant at Pushkin House, London.  In December 2012 she gave a recital of songs by Strauss, Debussy and Weill with Kelvin Lim in the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She made her Italian stage debut as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) under Nicoletta Conti at the Teatro di Monteleone di Spoleto and touring Umbria. In 2012 she debuted in Spain as Salome in Massenet's Hérodiade in Valladolid under Francisco Lara. Other operatic roles include:  Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) for Opera South East and for Regents Opera; Tosca (Tosca) for New London Opera Players; Mimì (La bohème) for Headfirst Productions and for Opus One Opera; Countess of Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement) for Minotaur Music Theatre; Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Musetta (La bohème), The Plaintiff (Trial by Jury) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) for Hand Made Opera; Adina (L’Elisir d’amore); Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro); Zerlina (Don Giovanni), conducted by Alistair Dawes; Queen of the Gypsies (The Bohemian Girl); and Clorinda (La Cenerentola).  Elizabeth has recently branched out into straight theatre and will be taking the combined roles of Lady Macduff/Queen Duncan/1st Clinician in Macbeth Redux for Relative Motion Theatre, directed by Christopher Lane. Elizabeth studied music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, winning the David Barlow Memorial Award, before going on to English National Opera’s young artist course ‘The Knack’ with Rufus Norris, Leah Hausman and Mary King.  She has worked privately and in masterclasses with Philip Langridge, Lillian Watson, Yvonne Howard, Mary Plazas, Donald Maxwell, and with Nicoletta Conti in Bologna.  In 2010 she was one of seven singers selected for a week of intensive study of song repertoire with Malcolm Martineau at Crear.  She now studies with Janis Kelly.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira Immediately HeadFirst Productions 2017
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) Immediately Les heures musicales d'Aujols 2017
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira Pleasance Theatre London 2017
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) Aujols Festival, France 2017
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony) Soprano Immediately Tewkesbury & District Choral Society 2016