Since winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2000, American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Batton has performed in concert, on recording, and on the operatic stage to international acclaim.
This season, Elizabeth will return to the role of Sara in Roberto Devereux, while making her company debut with L’Opéra de Montréal. She first sang the role with Dallas Opera in 2009. She will end the season at the Bard Music Festival as the role of Leda in Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae. In the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Batton performed the role of Principessa from Mascagni’s Il Piccolo Marat, which made its American debut in those performances at Avery Fisher Hall. Elizabeth also thrilled audiences in the cameo role of Samira (created for Marilyn Horne) from The Ghost of Versailles with Opera Theater of St. Louis.
In previous seasons, Ms. Batton has performed as Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Los Angeles Opera, Suzuki from Madama Butterfly at Washington National Opera (conducted by Placido Domingo) and New York City Opera, and she has sung on both the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera rosters. Ms. Batton has also performed the roles of Olga from Eugene Onegin at the Boston Lyric Opera and Cleveland Opera, and Charlotte in Werther at Indianapolis Opera and Kentucky Opera.
Elizabeth has returned to the role of Carmen time and again in concert and on stage. Whether in China, Europe, or the United States, Ms. Batton garners highest praise. Opera News described her performance of Carmen as “seductive” and vocally “...a powerhouse of dark, burnished bronze, seamless throughout its range, a steady flow of gorgeous sound.”
In addition to the American Premiere of Il Piccolo Marat, Ms. Batton was in the American Premiere of Jane Erye by Berkeley, the American Premiere of Britten’s Gloriana as Lady Essex, and the American Premiere of Walton’s Troilus and Cressida as Evadne.
Photogenic in the HD Opera age, Ms. Batton performed with the National Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg as Die Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, which was telecast throughout Europe. Additionally, she has been featured on the cover of Opera News Magazine and in their “Features” section.
On CD, Ms. Batton sang the role of Zuska from Eva by Josef Foester released by the Marco-Polo Label with the Wexford Festival. Financial Times described her as, “an American Mezzo with a gorgeous voice and wonderfully natural stage personality . . “ On the Telarc Label, Ms. Batton can be heard as Zweite Dienerin in Die Agyptische Helena with American Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Leon Botstein.
Ms. Batton made her concert debut at Lincoln Center in 1998 with the American Symphony Orchestra as Ruth in the North American revival of The Eternal Road by Kurt Weill. At Carnegie Hall, Elizabeth has been the Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the New York Choral Society, and as Iras in Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra with the American Composers Orchestra. She has also appeared as the mezzo soloist in numerous concert works such as Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor with the American Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Symphony and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Wexford Festival).
As a grand winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2000, Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Alton E. Peters Award. She also won the Licia Albanese – Puccini Competition, the Career Builders Competition, and the Loren Zachary Competition.
Elizabeth Batton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and pursued her Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music.