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Elizabeth Atherton

Soprano

  • Elizabeth Atherton’s soprano, both wonderfully volatile and stylish, grows in intensity until in her Per pietà, she is suffering the torments of Hell.
    Hilary Finch, The Times
  • Elizabeth Atherton's Micaela is enchanting: radiant top notes, touching acting, clear diction.
    Richard Morrison, The Times
  • Atherton’s voice is now not just a lush instrument but a superbly communicative one
    Richard Morrison, The Times
  • Elizabeth Atherton’s pure-voiced and pleading Micaela is a delight.
    Richard Morrison, The Times (Feb 2013)
  • Elizabeth Atherton’s Countess is radiantly sung, especially her gorgeously poised Porgi amor.
    The Times
  • Elizabeth Atherton sings with consummate intelligence as the Governess
    Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
  • Startling, inventive and compelling, soprano Elizabeth Atherton inhabits the role of Eurydice with an assuredness that suggests a deep understanding of the part
    Lynne Walker, The Independent
  • “Startling, inventive and compelling” (The Independent), Elizabeth Atherton is equally at home on the opera stage or the concert platform. Her versatility as a musician and as an actress means that she has sung roles ranging from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart through to Verdi, Bizet and Britten, and she had the role of Eurydice in Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s opera The Corridor created for her to considerable critical acclaim.

    Having won several prestigious prizes including the Maggie Teyte Prize, Elizabeth’s debut was as Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream for English Touring Opera. She subsequently became an Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera for three years, performing roles including Mozart’s Countess and Pamina, and has since gone on to become a regular performer at Opera North enjoying much success with roles including Mozart’s Fiordiligi and Britten’s Governess.

    In concert, Elizabeth has worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Richard Hickox, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Antonio Pappano, Sir Neville Mariner, Pierre Boulez, Harry Christophers and Thierry Fischer. She appears frequently with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and other highlights include performances with the BBC Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Orchestre de Paris, Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Sixteen and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

    Engagements this season and beyond include Young Maiden Moses und Aron for Welsh National Opera, further concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and BBC NOW, Britten War Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen, and her return to the Aldeburgh Festival as Medea and Euridice in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Cure (world première) and The Corridor, co-produced by the Royal Opera House.

    • The Yellow Wallpaper
      BBCNOW (October 2013)

      Elizabeth Atherton delivered a performance of instrumental clarity and perfect articulation.
      Rian Evans, The Guardian ****
    • Brahm’s German Requiem
      Royal Northern Sinfonia (September 2013)

      Under Thomas Zehetmair’s conducting, orchestra, chorus and two excellent soloists – bass-baritone Matthew Brook and soprano Elizabeth Atherton – did full justice to a work which betrays a winning lightness of touch.
      David Whetstone, The Journal
    • Carmen
      Royal Albert Hall (February 2013)

      Elizabeth Atherton’s pure-voiced and pleading Micaela is a delight.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
    • Gloria / Ballad of the Heroes
      Oxford Bach Choir (December 2012)

      The soprano Elizabeth Atherton deserves special praise for the gravitas she brought to Psalm 130, Ballad of Heroes and especially to the Poulenc.
      Simon Collings, Oxford Times
    • Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony
      BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Van Steen (November 2012)

      ...but it was Elizabeth Atherton who made her songs come alive, finding colours and tone to match the words' emotional tenor. In the penultimate poem, where the orchestration is at its most spare and telling, she found both ‘intimacy and anguish'.
      Rian Evans, The Guardian
    • Don Giovanni
      Opera North (September 2012)

      Opera North veteran Elizabeth Atherton gives a terrific portrayal of Donna Elvira, from striking condemnations to moving arias.
      Richard Wilcocks, Bach Track
      Elizabeth Atherton sings Donna Elvira's big, heartfelt arias with admirable clarity and poise.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
      Making a similar impact is Elizabeth Atherton, whose beautifully-sung Donna Elvira is more human than most.
      Ron Simpson, WhatsOnStage
      Elizabeth Atherton as Elvira gave a powerful performance.
      Opera Now
      Elizabeth Atherton’s Donna Elvira rose above the confusion with touching performances of her arias, reminders of the humanity behind the high jinks.
      Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine
    • On This Island with Malcolm Martineau
      Onyx Records (December 2011)

      The soprano Elizabeth Atherton also struck up a wonderful rapport with her audience in Britten’s On this Island. Atherton’s voice is now not just a lush instrument but a superbly communicative one: she caught exactly the subtle moods – bittersweet, ironic or heartfelt – of Auden’s words and Britten’s early unfettered lyricism.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
      Elizabeth Atherton was lustrous and dramatic in On this Island.
      Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
      Elizabeth Atherton gives a musically alert and intelligent interpretation of another early work, the enchantingly fresh and youthful On this Island
      Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
      Allan Clayton and Elizabeth Atherton give superb accounts of the declamatory Michelangelo Sonnets and the settings of Auden's On This Island respectively
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
      the bright soprano of Elizabeth Atherton sings out the ‘florid music’ of Britten’s Auden settings in On this Island…Britten’s 15-year-old response to Dans les bois, irresistibly sung by Atherton.
      BBC Music Magazine ****
    • Saul
      The Sixteen (December 2011)

      Elizabeth Atherton flung herself wholeheartedly into Merab’s music.
      Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
      Atherton displayed a nice line in temperament as the haughty Merab.
      Robert Hugill, Opera Today
      at her best [Elizabeth Atherton’s] coloratura soared, her dexterous high notes even more impressive...than Ms. Harvey’s. She brought genuine hauteur to ‘What abject thought a prince can have’, her snarling demeanor granting her a truly theatrical presence on stage.
      John E. de Wald, Opera Britannia
  • Elizabeth Atherton’s Concert Repertoire

    ANDRIESSEN
    • De stijl
    BACH
    • Magnificat (1st and 2nd sopranos)
    • St. John passion
    • St. Matthew passion
    • B minor mass (2nd soprano)
    • Christmas oratorio, parts I-III
    • Cantata numbers 1, 11, 38, 51, 63, 140, 146, 202, 208
    BEETHOVEN
    • "Choral" Symphony no.9
    • Mass in C
    BERG
    • Sieben frühe Lieder
    • Altenberglieder
    • Der Wein
    BERLIOZ
    • Les nuits d’été
    BOULEZ
    • Le soleil des eaux
    BRAHMS
    • Requiem
    BRITTEN
    • Les illuminations
    • Spring Symphony
    DEBUSSY
    • Trois ballades de François Villon
    • Le Martyre de San Sebastian
    DURUFLÉ
    • Requiem
    ELGAR
    • Coronation ode, op.44
    • The Spirit of England
    FAURÉ
    • Requiem
    • Messe basse
    GOUNOD
    • Messe solonelle St. Cecile
    HANDEL
    • Messiah
    • Let the bright seraphim
    • Silete venti
    • German arias
    • Solomon
    • Saul
    HASSE
    • Te deum
    HAYDN
    • The creation
    • The seasons
    • Nelson mass
    • Missa cellensis
    • Paukenmesse
    • St. Nicholas mass
    • Theresienmesse
    • Harmonienmesse
    HOLT
    • The Yellow Wallpaper
    JENKINS
    • The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    KNUSSEN
    • Ocean de Terre
    KODALY
    • Missa brevis
    LISZT
    • Via crucis
    • Missa choralis
    MAHLER
    • Symphony no. 2
    • Symphony no. 4
    MENDELSSOHN
    • Elijah
    • Hear my prayer
    MESSIAEN
    • La mort du nombre
    MOZART
    • Requiem
    • Ch'io mi scordi di te, K.505
    • Vado, ma dove?, K.583
    • Exsultate jubilate
    • Coronation mass
    • Sparrow mass
    • Mass in C minor
    • Missa brevis in D
    • Missa brevis in F
    • Laudate dominum
    PERGOLESI
    • Magnificat
    POULENC
    • Gloria
    • Mass in G
    RACHMANINOV
    • Vocalise
    RUTTER
    • Psalms
    SCHUBERT
    • Mass in E flat
    • Mass in G
    • Mass in B flat
    SPEARE
    • The angels
    STRAUSS
    • Vier Letzte Lieder
    STRAVINSKY
    • Mass
    • Les noces
    • Threni
    • Pulcinella
    TIPPETT
    • A child of our time
    • A vision of Saint Augustine
    VARESE
    • Offrandes
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
    • "Sea" Symphony
    • "Antarctic" Symphony
    • Mass in G minor
    • Serenade to Music
    • Dona Nobis Pacem
    VERDI
    • Requiem
    • Four Sacred Pieces
    VIVALDI
    • Gloria (1st and 2nd sopranos)
    • Nulla in mundo pax sincera
    WIEGOLD
    • Perfume of the desert
    ZEMLINSKY
    • Lyric Symphony

    Elizabeth Atherton’s Recital Repertoire

    Adès
    • Life story
    Argento
    • Spring
    • Sleep
    • Diaphenia
    Bennett
    • A garland for Marjory Fleming
    Berg
    • Sieben frühe Lieder
    Berkeley
    • Oh, lurcher-loving collier
    • Eyes look into the well
    Berlioz
    • Les nuits d’été
    Bernstein
    • I hate music
    Bingham
    • The shadow side of Joy Finzi
    Bridge
    • Various songs
    Britten
    • Les Illuminations
    • On this Island
    • The Salley Gardens
    • Little Sir William
    • The trees they grow so high
    • The ash grove
    • Oliver Cromwell
    • Folksong arrangements, volume 2: France
    Butler
    • Prelude (for sop. & trumpet)
    Chausson
    • Le temps des lilas
    Debussy
    • Cinq Poëmes de Baudelaire
    • Fêtes Galantes (1st collection)
    • Deux Romances
    • Trois ballades de François Villon
    • First four Ariettes Oubliees
    • Le son du cor s’afflige
    • L’échelonnement des haies
    Delius
    • To the queen of my heart
    • Love's philosophy
    • Indian love song
    Dove
    • Five Am’rous Sighs
    Dowland
    • Weep you no more sad fountains
    Dring
    • The cuckoo
    • It was a lover
    • Take O take those lips away
    • Come away, Death
    • Crabbed age and youth
    Duparc
    • Extase
    • La vie anterieure
    • Le manoir de Rosemonde
    • L'invitation au voyage
    De Falla
    • Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas
    Fauré
    • Le papillon et la fleur
    • Mai
    • La rose
    • Notre amour
    • Après un rêve
    • Au bord de l'eau
    • Automne
    • Chanson d'amour
    • En prière
    • Lydia
    • Au cimetière
    Gurney
    • Sleep
    Haydn
    • The mermaid's song
    • She never told her love
    • Piercing eyes
    • A pastoral song
    Hill
    • Philomel (for sop., rec., cello & pno)
    Howells
    • Various songs
    Ireland
    • Her song
    • The Salley Gardens
    • An aside
    • Epilogue
    • The soldier’s return
    • The trellis
    • Beckon to me to come
    • A thanksgiving
    Holloway
    • Wherever We May Be
    Joubert
    • The rose is shaken in the wind (for sop. & recorder)
    Lehmann
    • Various songs
    Liszt
    • Im Rhein, im schönen Strome
    • Die Lorelei
    • Kennst du das Land
    Maconchy
    • Sun, moon and stars
    Mahler
    • Frühlingsmorgen
    • Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
    • Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
    • Lob des hohen Verstands
    Mozart
    • An Chloe
    • Abendempfindung
    • Das Veilchen
    • Als Luise die Briefe
    • Der Zauberer
    • Komm, liebe Zither
    Pergolesi
    • Se tu m'ami
    Poulenc
    • Banalités
    • Deux Poemes de Louis Aragon
    • La grenouillère
    • Violon
    • Les chemins de l'amour
    Previn
    • Vocalise (for sop., cello & piano)
    Purcell
    • Music for a while
    • I attempt from love’s sickness
    • The blessed virgin's expostulation
    • Sweeter than roses
    • Quilter
    • Now sleeps the crimson petal
    • Fair house of joy
    • Love’s philosophy
    Rachmaninov
    • A dream
    • Spring waters
    Ravel
    • Cinq Poèmes Populaires Grecques
    Roe
    • My boy Jack
    Rossini
    • Duets: La regata Veneziana
    • La pesca
    Rushton
    • Palladas
    Scarlatti
    • Sento nel core
    • Schönberg
    • Four Songs, Opus 2
    Schubert
    • An Sylvia
    • An den Frühling
    • Im Frühling
    • Fischerweise
    • Hymne an die Jungfrau
    • Nacht und Träume
    • Der Einsame
    • Die junge Nonne
    • Des Mädchens Klage
    Schumann
    • Frauenliebe und –leben
    • Er ist’s
    • Marienwürmchen
    • Dein Angesicht
    • Kennst du das Land
    • Widmung
    • Mit Myrthen und Rosen
    • Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
    • Frühlingsnacht
    Stevenson
    • Day is dune
    • To autumn (for sop. & recorder)
    Strauss
    • Vier Letzte Lieder
    • Die Zeitlose
    • Alphorn (for sop., horn & piano)
    • Morgen
    • Die Nacht
    • Drei Liebeslieder
    Tchaikovsky
    • None but the lonely heart
    • Can it be day?
    Walton
    • A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table
    • Anon. in Love
    • Daphne
    • Through gilded trellises
    • Old Sir Faulk
    Warlock
    • Sleep
    • Cradle song
    • It was a lover and his lass
    Webern
    • Eight Early Songs
    Weill
    • Stolz (Die sieben Todsünden
    Williamson
    • My bed is like a boat
    Wolf
    • Auch kleine Dinge
    • Mir ward gesagt
    • Wer rief dich denn?
    • Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen
    • Du denkst mit einem Fädchen
    • Mein Liebster ist so klein
    • Mein Liebster singt am Haus
    • Du sagst mir, dass ich keine Fürstin sein
    • Wohl kenn’ ich Eueren Stand
    • Ich hab’ in Penna
    • Heiss mich nicht reden
    • Elfenlied

    Elizabeth Atherton’s Opera Repertoire

    BIRTWISTLE
    • The Corridor (Eurydice)
    BIZET
    • Carmen (Micaela)
    BRITTEN
    • Rape of Lucretia (Female Chorus)
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena)
    • Turn of the Screw (Governess)
    GASSMANN
    • L’Opera Seria (La Stonatrilla)
    GLUCK
    • Iphigénie en Tauride(Iphigénie)
    HANDEL
    • Alcina (Alcina)
    • Amadigi (Melissa)
    • Saul (Merab)
    HOLST
    • Savitri (Savitri)
    MONTEVERDI
    • Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Minerva)
    MOZART
    • Idomeneo (Ilia)
    • Marriage of Figaro (La Contessa)
    • Magic Flute (Pamina)
    • Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira)
    • Così fan Tutte (Fiordiligi)
    PURCELL
    • Fairy Queen(Caroline)
    RAVEL
    • L’heure Espagnole (Conception)
    SCHOENBERG
    • Moses und Aron (Young Maiden)
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
    • Riders to the Sea (Cathleen)
    • Riders to the Sea (Nora)
    VERDI
    • Don Carlos (Thibault)
    WEILL
    • Dreigroschenoper (Polly)
  • Photos

    • Photographer Credit: Brian Tarr
      Photographer Credit: Brian Tarr
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      Photographer Credit: Brian Tarr
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      Photographer Credit: Brian Tarr