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ELIZABETH SARIAN MEZZO-SOPRANO
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Praised by Opera Today for her “pointed, wonderfully appealing lyric [mezzo] soprano”, Elizabeth Sarian has garnered attention on operatic stages across the United States including Annapolis Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera, among others.
Particularly at home in the trouser role repertoire, Elizabeth has been described by Opera Gene as “one of the highlights of the performance, singing and acting and cross dressing” while performing as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Annapolis Opera. For the 2023/2024 season, Elizabeth looks forward to her house debut with Opera Roanoke as Cherubino, and to joining Yavapai College for Handel’s Messiah.
Elizabeth’s 2022/2023 season saw her join Opera Baltimore as Siébel in Gounod’s Faust (cancelled), and The Atlanta Opera as Suzuki (cover) in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Elizabeth enjoyed several concert appearances as the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
During the 2021/2022 season, Elizabeth was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and won the Sandra Warfield Prize at the Eastern Region of the competition. Elizabeth was also a Semifinalist at the Houston Grand Opera Concert of Arias and joined Opera Theater of Saint Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program to make her debut as Mama in Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk Reimagined. Earlier that season, Elizabeth returned to The Atlanta Opera to perform as Nireno in Giulio Cesare and cover Sesto.
Sarian is a proud alumna of The Atlanta Opera Studio, where she performed many roles including Flora in La Traviata, The Page in Salome, Tisbe in La Cenerentola and Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking. She is also an alumna of the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, the Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program, and the Opera North Resident Artist Program, where she made her debut as Purcell’s Dido.
Sarian holds both a Graduate Performance Diploma and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from The Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University. Among her recognitions are two encouragement awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Sarian is a native of Long Island, New York.