Atherton, Elizabeth


“Startling, inventive and compelling” (The Independent), Elizabeth Atherton is equally at home on the opera stage or the concert platform. Her versatility as a musician and as an actress means that she has sung roles ranging from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart through to Verdi, Bizet and Britten, and she had the roles of Eurydice in Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s opera The Corridor and Medea The Cure created for her to considerable critical acclaim.

Having won several prestigious prizes including the Maggie Teyte Prize, Elizabeth’s debut was as Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream for English Touring Opera. She subsequently became an Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera for three years, performing roles including Mozart’s Countess and Pamina, and has since gone on to become a regular performer at Opera North enjoying much success with roles including Mozart’s Fiordiligi and Britten’s Governess.

In concert, Elizabeth has worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Richard Hickox, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Antonio Pappano, Sir Neville Mariner, Pierre Boulez, Carlo Rizzi, Harry Christophers and Thierry Fischer. She appears frequently with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and other highlights include performances with the BBC Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Orchestre de Paris, Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Sixteen and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Recent and upcoming engagements include Thomas Adès’ new opera The Exterminating Angel at the ROH, concerts with BBC NOW under Pascal Rophé, LPO under Vladimir Jurowski, RSNO under Laurence Cummings, St Paul Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Handel’s Saul with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, song recitals with Roger Vignoles, a recording of Stravinsky Cantata with the SCO, a reprise of the roles of Eurydice and Medea for the Holland Festival, and her debut as Leonore Fidelio for Longborough Festival Opera.

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