“... beautifully sung ...
A lovely, pure, lyric voice”
“... sang Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with sonorous operatic tone.”
Elizabeth Roberts - Soprano
Elizabeth Roberts studied at Newcastle University, winning the David Barlow Memorial Award for music. Extensive oratorio performances keep her busy throughout the UK and have recently taken her to Rome (works by Bach, Mozart and Brahms), Spoleto (Vaughan Williams with the Berkshire (USA) Festival Choir), and Darmstadt (Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen under Wolfgang Seeliger). In 2012 she performed Carmina Burana in Beijing with the Peking Sinfonietta for the International Festival Chorus’s 10th Anniversary Concert.
She made her debut on BBC Radio 3 and at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Terror/First Woman) under Martyn Brabbins, directed by Kenneth Richardson.
Elizabeth also appears on two recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Chausson’s Le roi Arthus under Leon Botstein; and Josef Marx’s Herbstchor an Pan under Jiří Bĕlohlávek.
She made her Italian stage debut in 2006 as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) (Vernon Mound director, Nicoletta Conti conductor) in Monteleone di Spoleto and touring Umbria. Other roles include: Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly); Salome (Hérodiade) in Valladolid, Spain; Tosca (Tosca); Mimì, Musetta (La bohème); Contessa, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte); Adina (L’Elisir d’amore); Countess of Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement); The Plaintiff (Trial by Jury) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance).
Elizabeth is also an accomplished recitalist and was one of seven singers selected for a week of intensive study with Malcolm Martineau at Crear, Scotland. In November 2012 she premiered Keith Burstein’s cycle Songs of Love & Solitude with Julian Gallant at Pushkin House, London. In December 2012 she gave a recital of songs by Strauss, Debussy and Weill with Kelvin Lim in the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
She was honoured to be chosen as soprano soloist at the entry of the Olympic Flame and lighting of the cauldron in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.