Young English soprano Elizabeth Karani began her studies with Susan Roper at the Royal Northern College of Music and where she won the Elizabeth Harwood prize, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Elsie Thurston Award. Elizabeth moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera Course with Susan McCulloch, finishing in July 2016.
Elizabeth’s most recent operatic projects have included Musetta La Boheme with Opera Holland Park (Christine Collins Young Artist Programme), Jano Jenufa for Longborough Festival Opera, Jay The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera (where she has also covered the role of Marzelline Fidelio), Berta Il Barbiere di Siviglia on tour across Europe with Diva Opera, Tartagliona in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow for British Youth Opera, and Angel Jephtha (cond. Harry Christophers), Maiden in Sibelius’ The Maiden in the Tower and Resi Intermezzo, all for the Buxton Opera Festival.
Whilst at the Guildhall, Elizabeth sang Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Eleanora Le Donne Curiose and Armande in Martinu’s Alexandre Bis while, at the RNCM, Atalanta Xerses, Frasquita Carmen, Orestes La Belle Helene, and La Chauve-Souris L’enfant et les Sortileges. In opera scenes she took many roles, including Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Musetta La Boheme, Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte, Juliette Romeo et Juliette, Yum-Yum The Mikado and Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a role she has since sung at Aldeburgh). She has also sung Micaëla Carmen for MJ:UK at the Cheltenham Playhouse and Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica at the IOE Teatro Verdi, Montecatini.
Highlights on the concert platform include Handel’s Solomon for the Musique Cordiale International Festival, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the London Mozart Players, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gregson’s The Dance, Forever the Dance at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Elizabeth is a Park Lane Young Artist and a member of the National Opera Studio during the 2016/17 season.
Reviews of Elizabeth Karani to follow.