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ELIZABETH SARIAN MEZZO-SOPRANO
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Praised for her “chocolately timbre” and “excellent dramatic timing,” (Schmopera) MEZZO-SOPRANO ELIZABETH SARIAN is gaining recognition as a vibrant, emerging artist. Regularly recognized for her unique quality of tone, artistry and versatility, her emerging career has already spanned the Baroque era to the twenty-first (21st) century. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Atlanta Opera Studio, the Santa Fe Apprentice Singer Program, and the Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program.
For the summer 2021 season, Elizabeth joins Opera North as a Resident Artist to perform in the season program “Extraordinary Women” as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Sesto in scenes from Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto.
Ms. Sarian’s 2019-2020 season saw her return to the The Atlanta Opera Studio with performances as Tisbe in La Cenerentola and the Page of Herodias in Salome, and a role debut as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Capitol City Opera. Sarian was scheduled to perform Kate Pinkerton (and cover Suzuki) in Madama Butterfly with the Atlanta Opera, as well as make a company debut with the Atlanta Ballet in "Art Songs pas de deux." Both appearances were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer 2019 season, Sarian returned to the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program to cover Pastuchnya in Jenufa, and enjoyed features in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes as Meg Page in Falstaff and Mercédès in Carmen.
The 2018-2019 was memorable for Ms. Sarian’s role and studio debuts at The Atlanta Opera as Flora in La traviata and Sister Lillianne in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, as well as her first Apprenticeship at the Santa Fe Opera. Credits prior to this season include the title role in Massenet’s Chérubin, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and covers of Mercédès in Carmen, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel and Dorabella in Così fan tutte.
Recent and past season concert appearances include Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.”
Elizabeth has been awarded two Encouragement Awards from the Capitol District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and she holds her Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Elizabeth is a trained and practicing vocal pedagogue, and enjoys teaching her students during her time off the stage.