Elizabeth Atherton


Atherton’s voice is now not just a lush instrument but a superbly communicative one

The Times

"Startling, inventive and compelling" (The Independent), Elizabeth Atherton has firmly established herself as one of Britain's leading sopranos, equally at home on the opera stage or concert platform. Her repertoire extends from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart, collaborating with conductors such as Harry Christophers, Laurence Cummings and Paul McCreesh, through to Verdi, Debussy and Britten, working alongside Pierre Boulez, Richard Farnes, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Charles Mackerras and Carlo Rizzi. Sir Harrison Birtwistle created the leading roles of Eurydice/The Corridor and Medea/The Cure for her to considerable critical acclaim (Aldeburgh Festival/Royal Opera House).

Elizabeth began her career at WNO where her many roles include Mozart’s Contessa, Pamina and Elvira and Bizet’s Micaëla, and she is a frequent performer at Opera North, with roles including Mozart’s Fiordiligi and Britten’s Governess and Helena. She is also a committed recitalist, collaborating with Iain Burnside at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Leeds Lieder and Malcolm Martineau at Aldeburgh Festival.

Longborough debut: Fidelio (2017)

Recent and future engagements: Meni/The Exterminating Angel (Royal Opera House); concerts with St Paul Chamber Orchestra/McCreesh, RSNO/Cummings, LPO/Jurowski, RLPO/Markowitsch and BBC NOW/Zhang, Handel’s Saul with Handel and Haydn Society/Christophers in Boston; recitals with Roger Vignoles in London and Madrid; and her return to Opera North.