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Elizabeth Kelsay


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Elizabeth Kelsay, praised by Opera News for her warm, Italianate sound, studied at Westminster Choir College and Florida State University. This season she is thrilled to rejoin the roster at The Metropolitan Opera for Verdi’s Requiem, which will be led by James Levine, and an encore production of Wagner’s Parsifal, which received a Grammy award in 2015. Miss Kelsay enjoyed a season of comedic roles at Opera Santa Barbara as the 2016-17 Mosher Studio Artist. She was seen on the mainstage as Frasquita (Carmen), Chocholka, Bluejay, and Pasek’s Wife (The Cunning Little Vixen), and in Puccini’s La rondine when she brought “welcome energy and playfulness to the role of Lisette” (Opera News). Previously the soprano studio artist at Tulsa Opera, she “flounced, pouted, preened, and schemed with gusto” as Clorinda in La Cenerentola (Watts for Tulsa World), performed lead roles in contemporary operas (Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas, Mamah Cheney in Shining Brow, and Mother in The Giver), and covered many roles, most notably Blanche in A Streetcar named Desire, Mimì in La bohème, and Curley’s Wife in the company’s highly acclaimed production of Of Mice and Men. Miss Kelsay has been seen in multiple productions with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus. Her favorites include Verdi’s Macbeth and Otello, which was a part of the Live in HD series. While in New York, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica with New York Lyric Opera, where her “confrontation with the Principessa was the dramatic highlight of the evening” (Opera News), and for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s production of La Traviata was a “dutiful Annina, whose voice and countenance were barometers of love and loyalty” (Opera-L). Miss Kelsay is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, and a student of Patricia McCaffrey.