Elizabeth DeShong

Elizabeth DeShong

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong’s recent and upcoming engagements include her debut at Zürich Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Ruggiero in Alcina at Washington National Opera; Arsace in Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera; Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma with Lyric Opera of Chicago; her Royal Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper debuts and return to Glyndebourne as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly; her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Schubert’s Mass No. 6 and a world premiere of a commission by Maxwell Raimi, both conducted by Riccardo Muti; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; her debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”); Verdi’s Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony. She last performed with Music of the Baroque in September 2017.

She has performed extensively throughout the world with such companies as San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, English National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Glyndebourne, and Aix-en-Provence. She has appeared in concert with ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Orchestra.

On DVD, Elizabeth DeShong can be seen as Hermia in the Metropolitan Opera’s pastiche opera The Enchanted Island (Virgin), and as Maffio Orsini in San Francisco Opera’s production of Lucrezia Borgia on EuroArts Music and Naxos. Her recording of Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis was recently released on Chandos.


Elizabeth DeShong performs in The Christmas Oratorio on November 25
and 26.