BIOGRAPHY || REPERTOIRE
Soprano Elizabeth De Trejo has been praised an artist who “has it all – a shimmering coloratura of great agility and intriguing color as well as superb acting ability” (The Toledo Blade). An artist with a rare affinity for the demanding bel canto style, she has been justly acclaimed for her performances of the title roles of Bellini’s Norma and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. In the summer of 2016, she performed a recital of bel canto repertoire with the Opera Orchestra of New York under its founder Maestro Eve Queler. She also made her Asian debut with concert performances at Korea’s Great Mountains Music Festival, presenting a program of Bellini arias and premiering a new work by composer Christopher Berg for soprano, cello, and piano. Upcoming during 2017, Ms. De Trejo has been invited to perform as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, and in the summer she will travel to South Korea to participate in the annual PyeongChang Music Festival as a Distinguished Guest Artist.
Her 2015-2016 season included a return to Lincoln Center as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana at Avery Fisher Hall and a reprise in the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Sherill Milnes’ Savannah Music Festival. Recent seasons have seen her performances as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (North Carolina Opera), title roles in Norma (St. Petersburg Opera, Florida) and Lucia (Opera Tampa), Violetta in La Traviata (Opera Tampa and Miami), Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Dayton Opera), Marguerite in Faust (Opera Tampa), Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, and both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.
Ms. De Trejo made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lulu during the 2009-10 season. Her international operatic credits include performances in Milan as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Die Freundin in Lehar’s Der Frühling, and a live recording with Orchestra Verdi as the title character in Mascagni’s Sì, performances as Despina in Così, Musetta in Bohème, and Clarice in Il mondo della luna (Haydn) in Basel, Switzerland, and Die Königin die Nacht in DieZauberflöte für Kinder with the Opernhaus Zürich. Ms. De Trejo had the privilege of working closely with Anton Coppola on his epic opera Sacco and Vanzetti, and the composer wrote a new aria for her character of Rosina.
A consummate recitalist and concert performer, Ms. De Trejo has been seen in numerous concerts and recitals and in oratorio and symphonic repertoire in Europe and the United States. She has appeared as guest soloist with many orchestras under several notable conductors in such works as Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Mass in B minor, and the Brahms, Fauré, and Mozart Requiems. She has frequently performed at Carnegie Hall, where she debuted as soprano soloist under the baton of composer John Rutter in his Requiem and later returned as soprano soloist in Carmina Burana.
Ms. De Trejo has won numerous awards from prominent vocal competitions, including the Gerda Lissner Opera Competition, the MacAllister Opera Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Jenny Lind Soprano Competition, the Rosa Ponselle Competition, the Giulio Gari Foundation Opera Competition, and the Liederkranz Competition. Recently she was chosen as the first recipient of a NYIOP Randolph “Randy” Mickelson Memorial Fund Award for Excellence in Singing for 2016. She is also a recipient of a career grant from Career Bridges Foundation and the Sergio Franchi Foundation and was honored to be recommended for the Richard Tucker Career Grant Awards.
Ms. De Trejo received her Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree from Loyola University and her Master of Music Degree from Yale University. After her studies, Ms. De Trejo was invited to join the prestigious International Opera Studio of the Opernhaus Zürich and can be seen on the EMI Classics DVD of Der Rosenkavalier live from Opernhaus Zürich with Vasselina Kasarova, Nina Stemme, and Alfred Muff under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst and Sven Erich Bechtolf.