Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong’s recent and upcoming engagements include her debut at Opernhaus Zu¨rich 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 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; Verdi’s Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony. The September 2017 performances mark her first appearances with Music of the Baroque.
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, Ope´ra National de Bordeaux, the Glyndebourne Festival, and Aix-en-Provence. She has appeared in concert with a number of orchestras 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 of America. 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 Elijah on September 16 and 17.