Elizabeth DeShong, Mezzo-soprano
When Elizabeth DeShong sang 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..."
During the 2016/17 season, Ms. DeShong will return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for the role of Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma, and make her Royal Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper debuts as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. In concert, she will perform the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony, the Verdi Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony.
In the 2015/16 season, Ms. DeShong performed multiple roles in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Berg's Lulu, followed by Fenena in Nabucco at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arsace in Semiramide with the Opera National de Bordeaux, Calbo in Rossini's Maometto II at the Canadian Opera Company, and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Glyndebourne Festival. With orchestra, she sang Handel's Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis.
Ms. DeShong's operatic and orchestral engagements during the 2014/15 season took her 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, she sang Elgar's The Kingdom with the Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Netherlands, and the Royal Flemish Orchestra in Belgium, the Mozart Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Verdi Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Festival Aix-en-Provence.
In the 2013/14 season, Ms. DeShong sang two Hermias at the Metropolitan Opera: 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 also sang at the San Francisco Opera. In addition, she 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 the Mozart Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of David Robertson, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by Manfred Honeck.
Further performances of note include Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia with San Franciso Opera and English National Opera, Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Canadian Opera Company, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at 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. On DVD, she can be seen as Hermia in the Metropolitan Opera's pastiche opera, The Enchanted Island on Virgin, and as Maffio Orsini in the San Francisco Opera's production of Lucrezia Borgia, which was released on DVD on EuroArts Music, and Naxos of America.
UPDATED APRIL 2016