“...Sarian’s voice is warm, even, and clear, with a dark chocolatey timbre and excellent dramatic timing..."
(Schmopera; Page, Salome)
Elizabeth Sarian, lyric mezzo-soprano, with a voice “…warm, even, and clear, with a dark chocolatey timbre and excellent dramatic timing…” is proving herself comfortable on both the operatic and concert stages.
Ms. Sarian has completed two seasons as a member of the Atlanta Opera Studio where she has performed Tisbe in La Cenerentola, the Page of Herodias in Salome, Flora in La traviata, Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking, and covered Olga in Eugene Onegin. Ms. Sarian was also scheduled to perform Kate Pinkerton and cover Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, a production canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth has also completed two seasons as a member of the Apprentice Singer Program at the Santa Fe Opera, covering Pastuchnya in Jenůfa and featured as Meg Page, Falstaff, Mercédès, Carmen, and Zerlina, Don Giovanni in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes.
Other recent engagements include Sea Pictures, op. 37 by Edward Elgar with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra, and Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Capitol City Opera. Ms. Sarian has also been a Studio Artist in Central City’s Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program.
Elizabeth has been fortunate to learn from many of her favorite mezzo-sopranos in the master class setting, namely Stephanie Blythe, with whom Elizabeth also recently worked on a concert entitled “Stephanie Blythe and Friends” at the Atlanta Opera, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Susanne Mentzer, Frederica von Stade, and Jennifer Larmore. Ms. Larmore describes Elizabeth as “a vibrant, beautiful mezzo soprano…with her velvety quality of voice…Elizabeth is a unique and instinctual artist…!”
Elizabeth earned her Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Credits during her studies include the title role in Massenet’s Chérubin, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (also performed at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival), Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Mae Jones in Street Scene—highlighting her eleven years of formal dance training.
Elizabeth has been awarded two Encouragement Awards from the Capitol District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and is a two-time recipient of the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory. Concert success in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area included Handel's Messiah with the Frederick Chorale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Baltimore Choral Arts, and Mozart's Coronation Mass with Choralis.
Ms. Sarian is a trained and practiced vocal pedagogue, having held private teaching positions in Baltimore, as well as holding master classes at the collegiate level.