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Elizabeth Key

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

English mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Key is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which she joined in 2006. Her solo roles for The Royal Opera have included Cousin (Madama Butterfly) and Sister Dolcina (Suor Angelica).

Key was born in Mansfield and sang there in the Cantamus Girls’ Choir. She studied singing with Pamela Cook MBE before going onto further studies at the attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Kathleen McKellar Ferguson and graduated from the Opera School. She began her career with Glyndebourne Chorus. Her repertory includes Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Charlotte (Werther), Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette).

Key is closely involved in music education and has worked with the Take Five Summer Schools with the Learning and Participation department of the Royal Opera House.