ELIZABETH SARIAN is proving herself a young artist to follow in the leading lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. Ms. Sarian spent the 2018-2019 season as a member of the Atlanta Opera Studio, making her debuts as Flora in La traviata, Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking, and Olga (cover) in Eugene Onegin. She will return as a member of the Studio for the 2019-2020 season performing as Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Page in Salome, Kate Pinkerton and Suzuki (cover) in Madama Butterfly.
Ms. Sarian completed her second summer as a member of the prestigious Apprentice Singer Program at the Santa Fe Opera, performing in the chorus and covering Pastuchnya in Jenůfa. In the summer of 2017, Ms. Sarian was a Studio Artist in Central City’s Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program, where she covered Mercédès in Carmen.
Elizabeth earned her Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She performed 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 covered 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. Ms. Sarian is also a trained and practiced vocal pedagogue, having held private teaching positions in Baltimore, MD, as well as holding master classes at the collegiate level.