“...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, is proving herself comfortable on both the operatic and concert stages. Ms. Sarian is currently a member of the Atlanta Opera Studio where she has performed Tisbe in La Cenerentola, the Page of Herodias in Salome, and will perform Kate Pinkerton and cover Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She previously made her debuts with the company as Flora in La traviata, Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking, and covered Olga in Eugene Onegin. 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 completed two seasons as a member of the Apprentice Singer Program at the Santa Fe Opera, performing in the chorus and covering Pastuchnya in Jenůfa. Ms. Sarian has also been a Studio Artist in Central City’s Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program.
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—and covers of Hansel in Hansel und Gretel and Dorabella in Così fan tutte.
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. Additional success in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area included Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Bel Cantanti Opera, Handel's Messiah with the Frederick Chorale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Baltimore Choral Arts, and Mozart's Coronation Mass with Choralis.
Passionate about art song repertoire, Elizabeth studied at SongFest at the Colburn School, and recently worked with renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe on a concert entitled “Stephanie Blythe and Friends” at the Atlanta Opera. Additionally, 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.