Elizabeth DeShong

Of Elizabeth DeShong’s performance of the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, The Guardian wrote: “…this is, quite simply, one of the great operatic performances. It is dominated by DeShong, whose voice combines a contralto opulence with blazing top notes and some of the most staggering coloratura you will ever hear…”

In the current season, Ms. DeShong debuts with the Royal Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Adalgisa in Norma. In concert, she performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with the Oregon Symphony.

Last season, Ms. DeShong’s operatic performances included the Wardrobe Mistress/Schoolboy/ Page in Berg’s Lulu with the Metropolitan Opera (broadcast worldwide in HD), Fenena in Nabucco with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arsace in Semiramide with Opera National de Bordeaux, Calbo in Maometto II with the Canadian Opera Company, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Glyndebourne Festival. On the concert stage, she performed Handel’s Messiah with both the Toronto Symphony and the University Musical Society, and joined the Cincinnati Symphony as soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

Operatic and orchestral engagements during the 2014-2015 season took Ms. DeShong to the Canadian Opera Company for performances as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, the Orchestra of St. Luke's for Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht in Carnegie Hall, the Wiener Staatsoper for Angelina in La Cenerentola, and the Los Angeles Opera where she performed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, Ms. DeShong sang Elgar's The Kingdom with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, and the role of Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Festival Aix en Provence.

Last season at the Metropolitan Opera, she sang two Hermias: in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the pastiche opera, The Enchanted Island, as well as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly; a role she will also sing at the San Francisco Opera. In addition, Ms. DeShong performed Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with the Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, under the direction of Marin Alsop, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of David Robertson, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by Manfred Honeck.

In addition to her portrayal of Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival during the 2012/13 season, Ms. DeShong sang Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel at Lyric Opera of Chicago, made her debut at Michigan Opera Theatre as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and was the First Norn in Götterdämmerung at the Metropolitan Opera. She also made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Bach’s Cantata No. 60, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as Marta in the Dutch premiere of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and sang Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Ms. DeShong’s 2011/12 season, featured her as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia with the San Francisco Opera, and as Hermia in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of The Enchanted Island, as well as performances as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the Veroza Company in Japan. Additional performances of note include Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia with English National Opera, Angelina in La Cenerentola with the Canadian Opera Company, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. DeShong received the Washington National Opera’s “Artist of the Year Award” in 2010, for her debut performance as the Composer in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Her portrayal of Maffio Orsini in the San Francisco Opera’s production of Lucrezia Borgia was recently released on DVD on EuroArts Music and Naxos of America.


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