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Elizabeth Adams

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German

Opera

Second Woman/ Second Witch
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Ex Cathedra; Birmingham Town Hall
2017
Second Woman and Chorus
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Voces8 and L'Arpeggiata
2015
Venus
Venus and Adonis (John Blow)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2015
Georgia
Ava's Wedding (Michael Wolters)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2015
Dew Fairy/Sandman
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Leamington Sinfonia
2014
Chorus
Dialogues des carmélites (Poulenc)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2014

Chorus

Oratorio/Concerts

Soloist & Chorus
C Minor Mass & Others (Mozart's Women) (Mozart)
Ex Cathedra; Symphony Hall
2018
1st soprano Chorus
Dixit Dominus and Purcell anthems (Handel and Purcell)
Voces8, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players
2015
1st soprano Chorus
St Luke Passion (James MacMillan)
Britten Sinfonia
2015
Soprano Soloist
The White Moth and Bluebird Variations (Patrick Hawes)
The Broadland Consort and Players
2015
Ex Cathedra - Choir Member
Messiah (Handel)
Symphony Hall
2014
2nd Soprano Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Leicester Philharmonic Choir; De Montfort Hall
2014
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2014
Genesis Sixteen & The Sixteen - Choir member
Messiah (Handel)
The Barbican
2012

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

'Bid the Virtues' from Come, Ye Sons of Art

The Last Lullaby

Amici Cantantes - Leamington Music Prize Final

Headshot

V&A Birmingham Conservatoire

V&A Birmingham Conservatoire

V&A Birmingham Conservatoire

Competitions

Ashleyan Opera Prize - Finalist (2015)

Corton-Hyde Prize for Early Music - Winner (with vocal consort Amici Cantantes) (2015)

Leamington Music Prize - Winner (with vocal consort Amici Cantantes) (2015)

Stuart Cameron Smith French Song Prize - Finalist (2015)

Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize - Finalist (with vocal consort Amici Cantantes) (2015)

Ashleyan Opera Prize - Finalist (2014)

Elizabeth Adams recreated [...] Nancy Storace as Figaro's Susanna in a pure, rapt "Deh vieni non tardar" (2018)

"the punk Holly (Victoria Adams) and her rival Georgia (Elizabeth Adams) nearly brought the house down with a pair of matched coloratura arias about bridesmaid's dresses" Richard Bratby - Birmingham Post (2015)

"Elizabeth sang with confidence, style and beauty; she lifted everyone with her fabulous singing." Mike Ashley - Midlands Early Music Forum (2014)

"What a pleasure it was to have Elizabeth singing solos with us at our Baroque concert. Music by Bach (Cantata 147), Purcell (Come ye sons of art), and Vivaldi (Gloria), with soprano solos sung beautifully, musically, and with confidence. Many thanks for making our performance so special." Steven Maxson - Chorus Master of the Grimsby Bach Choir (2013)

Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance
Birmingham Conservatoire
2013–2015
Combined Arts (German and Music)
Durham University
2009–2013

Elizabeth received her Postgraduate Diploma with Commendation in Vocal Performance at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015, where she studied with Catherine Benson and Andrew King. She currently studies with Anne Dawson.

Elizabeth is a highly experienced ensemble singer, and she was a member of the inaugural Genesis Sixteen project, which was introduced by The Sixteen to identify and nurture the next generation of professional ensemble singers. As a result, Elizabeth sang alongside The Sixteen in their performance of Handel Messiah at The Barbican in December 2012. She now sings regularly with Ex Cathedra, Tenebrae and Armonico Consort, and she recently toured with the choir of Le Concert d'Astree. Whilst at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, she formed Brindley Consort, who are winners of the Corton-Hyde Prize for Early Music 2015 and the Leamington Music Prize 2015. They were also finalists for the Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize. Elizabeth was an inaugural VOCES8 Scholar, which led to her deputising for VOCES8 at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. She then continued to sing alongside them in concert and in other capacities, appearing on a few tracks of their disc with Decca Classics, 'Winter'.

Elizabeth has worked with notable conductors, such as Harry Christophers CBE, Paul McCreesh, Jeffrey Skidmore OBE and Nigel Short. She has also worked with Patrick Hawes, classical composer, and premiered his Two English Songs, written for her Postgraduate Final Recital.

On the concert stage, Elizabeth has performed as a soloist in Birmingham Cathedral, De Montfort Hall, the Gresham Centre, and Symphony Hall – where she recently appeared as a soloist alongside Carolyn Sampson. She has participated in masterclasses with Michael Chance, Susan McCulloch and Catherine Foster. Elizabeth was a finalist for the Ashleyan Opera Prize and the Stuart Cameron Smith French Song Prize.

In Oratorio, recent solo engagements include Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art, Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart Exsultate Jubilate.

Operatic roles include Chorus Dialogues des Carmelites, Dew Fairy/Sandman Hansel und Gretel, Georgia Ava's Wedding (world premiere), and the title role of Venus in Blow's Venus and Adonis. She sang the role of Second Woman in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with VOCES8 and L'Arpeggiata, and Second Witch/Second Woman with Ex Cathedra.

Elizabeth is currently looking forward to performing in the Holy Week Festival at St John's Smith Square with Ex Cathedra and Tenebrae, and to singing the title role of Dido in a semi-staged performance of Dido and Aeneas at the English Music Festival in May, as well as appearing as a soloist with Thames Voyces, Cleeve Chorale and Stanmore Choral Society.

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