Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano
“Impressive coloratura soprano” (The New York Times) Elizabeth Sutphen has garnered praise for her sparkling voice and her ability to “soar deftly through stratospheric trills and arpeggios” (Financial Times). As an “astonishing mature member” (Frankfurter Neue Presse) of the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt, Ms. Sutphen’s 2016-2017 season included her debut as Tiny in Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan (directed by Brigitte Fassbaender), Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes, Die Heilige Jungfrau in Honegger’s Jeanne D’Arc Au Bucher, all new productions, and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She began the 2017-18 season with her debut at Kentucky Opera singing the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Her season at Oper Frankfurt included representing the theater in the prestigious Stella Maris Competition, concerts around Frankfurt, and performances as Lisa in La Sonnambula. In the summer of 2018, she made her role and company debut as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for the Glyndebourne Festival. On the concert stage, she joined the Orchestre National de Lille for performances celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s contributions to Broadway, made her Viennese debut in performances with the famed Vienna Boys’ Choir, and sang the works of Pergolesi with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Minasi. Upcoming performances in the 2018-19 season include returning to Oper Frankfurt as a guest artist for Zerbinetta and as Atalanta in Xerxes, and her Houston Grand Opera debut in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Phoenix.
A recent graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Sutphen has already made professional debuts on concert and opera stages in the United States and Europe. In the summer of 2015, she joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist where she made her debut as Bianca in Puccini’s La rondine under the baton of Music Director Stephen Lord. The following summer, she returned to the company as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist where she was heard as Najade and covered Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. Further performances in the 2015-2016 season included Handel’s Messiah in her debut with Milwaukee Symphony and her first performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Allentown Symphony.
During her time at Juilliard, Ms. Sutphen earned critical acclaim for her performances as La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the leadership of Emmanuel Villaume and as Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto led by Julian Wachner with Juilliard415, the school’s principal period-instrument ensemble. In the fall of 2015, she joined Juilliard415 in performances with Maestro Nicholas McGegan in Telemann’s Die Tageszeiten at Alice Tully Hall before touring with the ensemble to Vancouver and Berkeley, CA, where they performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Additional performances at Juilliard include her Alice Tully Hall debut in Juilliard’s Wednesday at One series and covering Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the Met+Juilliard production of Concert of Comic Operas under Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine. Further performances include a concert as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at Aspen Music Festival’s Harris Hall; Suor Genevieve in Suor Angelica and Frasquita in Carmen with Aspen Opera Theater Center; and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Albany Symphony and New York City’s Little Orchestra Society.
A frequent grant recipient and competition winner, Ms. Sutphen has been recognized by The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2nd prize 2014), The George London Foundation (Encouragement Award 2014), The Dallas Opera Guild National Vocal Competition (Finalist 2015), The Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers at OTSL (2015), The Novick Career Grant at The Juilliard School (2014-15), The National Society of Arts and Letters (1st Prize) and The Gerda Lissner Song Competition (2015). She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School and received additional training as a resident artist at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany in 2015. In the summer of 2016, she will be a participant in the Sir George Solti Accademia for Bel Canto performance.
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