Elisabeth DeShong

The American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong performs on the major opera and concert stages in the USA and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the English National Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the festivals in Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence.

Her opera repertoire includes roles such as Angelina (“La Cenerentola”), Calbo (in Gioacchino Rossini’s “Maometto II”), Arsace (in Rossini’s “Semiramide”), Rosina (in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”), Hermia (in Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Hansel (in Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”), Maffio Orsini (Gateano Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia”), Fenena (in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”) and Suzuki (Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”), but also parts from operas by Richard Wagner (“Götterdämmerung”), Alban Berg (“Lulu”), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Georg Friedrich Handel.

In addition, she is a sought-after concert singer who appears with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Orchestra.

During the 2019/20 season, Elizabeth DeShong returns to the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to appear as Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Sir Antonio Pappano. She made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as Hansel in a concert performance of “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck and sings Pauline in Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis. In spring, DeShong made his debut at the Frankfurt Opera as Falliero in a new production of Gioacchino Rossini’s rarely performed “Bianca e Falliero”.


As of May 2020