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Elizabeth DeShong



Elizabeth DeShong in action.
Elizabeth DeShong in Madama Butterfly © ROH 2017. Photograph by Bill Cooper

American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong made her Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), a role she reprises in the 2019/20 Season.

DeShong initially trained as a pianist and subsequently studied singing at Oberlin College. She has sung several roles for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, including Arsace (Semiramide), Wardrobe Mistress/Schoolboy/Page (Lulu) and Suzuki. Her other appearances include Fenena (Nabucco) and Adalgisa (Norma) for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the title role of Rinaldo, Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Suzuki for Glyndebourne Festival, Ruggiero (Alcina) for Washington National Opera, Arsace in Bordeaux, Hermia for Edinburgh Festival, Suzuki for Bavarian State Opera, Calbo (Maometto II) for Canadian Opera Company, Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) for Edinburgh Festival and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) for Los Angeles Opera. In 2010 she received Washington National Opera’s Young Artist of the Year Award for performances as the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos).

DeShong has sung with major US and European orchestras in concert, in repertory including Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem.