August 2016:

Elizabeth speaks with Schmopera


Next week, the Glyndebourne Festival opens its 8-show run of Peter Hall's 1981 production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, revived for the first time in 10 years. We have plenty of love for Britten's operas, and we can't wait for our trip to Lewes to catch Dream, one of our favourites.

So, it was a pleasure to chat with two members of the cast: mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, singing the role of Hermia, and bass Matthew Rose, who will don the infamous donkey costume as Bottom. The two singers offer up insight on the "magic" of Hall's Dream, the trick to singing beautifully in English, and their definitions of off-stage fun in the countryside.

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December 2016:

DeShong joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Verdi's Requiem

December 2nd and 3rd, 2016 

Verdi Requiem
Drums thunder, trumpets blast, and a mighty chorus yells out in terror: Verdi’s Requiem isn’t exactly what you expect from religious music! But it’s exactly what you’d expect from the grand master of Italian opera – and it’s 125 years since it received its first Scottish performance. Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto directs an all-star cast, an expanded RSNO, and our superb RSNO Chorus, so hold on to your seats as we turn the volume up to 11.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM

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A Singer's Suitcase 

"As a professional opera singer, I spend the majority of each year away from home. With luggage, camera, and scores in hand, I take off to different parts of the world to make music. With this blog, I hope to create a daily reminder that with travel you always take away more than you arrived with, but the most important of these things can't be put in a suitcase." -Elizabeth

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