ELIZABETH LLEWELLYN’s 2021/22 season started with her return the Metropolitan Opera to reprise her role as Bess in Porgy and Bess. She has just made her acclaimed role debut as Janáček’s Jenůfa at Welsh National Opera, and will round off the season with another role debut as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello.
Specialising in the Italian repertoire, Elizabeth’s roles have centred around the operas of Puccini and Verdi – Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Magda La Rondine, Giorgetta Il Tabarro, Tosca, Suor Angelica; Aida, Luisa Miller, and Amelia/Simon Boccanegra for which Elizabeth was nominated for “Singer of the Year 2013” in OpernWelt. In 2014, she also made her Wagner debut as Elsa Lohengrin in Germany, about which Opera magazine wrote:
“With well-nigh-perfect diction, she modulated her ever-so-slightly 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.”
In the 2022/23 season, Elizabeth sings her first Strauss role – Ariadne auf Naxos – conducted by Antony Hermus.
Elizabeth is a sought-after soprano on the concert stage. Recent appearances have included Verdi’s Requiem , Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Donald Runnicles (with whom she also gave a live performance of Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Elgar’s Caractacus and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Martyn Brabbins, both recorded for Hyperion. In May 2021, Elizabeth released her award-winning debut album of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with pianist Simon Lepper. elizabethllewellyn.com