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Elizabeth Atherton

Soprano

Biography

Elizabeth Atherton in action.
Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival© Aldeburgh Music. Photograph by Clive Barda

British soprano Elizabeth Atherton made her Royal Opera House debut in 2001, singing in recital in the Crush Room as winner of the Maggie Teyte Prize. She has since returned in recital in the Linbury Studio Theatre and as Young Maiden (Moses und Aron, Welsh National Opera). She made her Royal Opera debut in 2015 in a double programme of Birtwistle’s The Corridor and The Cure, performing roles she created in the operas’ premieres. She has since returned to sing Meni (The Exterminating Angel) for The Royal Opera.

Atherton began her career with WNO in such roles as the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). She performs regularly with Opera North, where her roles include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), the Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Micaëla (Carmen), Donna Elvira and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other engagements include Minerva (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Micaëla and Thibault (Don Carlos) for WNO, Helena for English Touring Opera, Micaëla at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2, Merab (Saul), Savitri and Kathleen (Riders to the Sea) for Buxton Festival and Pamina for Grange Park Opera. Her role creations include Eurydice (The Corridor) for Aldeburgh, Bregenz and Holland festivals.

Atherton sings regularly in concert, with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Martyn Brabbins, Harry Christophers, Andrew Davis, Thierry Fischer, Neville Mariner and Antonio Pappano. She appears frequently with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and with such ensembles as BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestre de Paris, Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Sixteen and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Photos

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and London Sinfonietta in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton. Photographer credit: Kiran Ridley

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival