“Finally, we have an admirable Zerbinetta: she displays an admirable agility in her grand aria in the second act.”
“Soprano Elizabeth Sutphen was quite good in the part of Atalanta. She is a light soprano, who sings in a very expressive way and has no problem with coloratura.”
– José Mr. Irurzun, Seen and Heard International
“Impressive coloratura soprano” (The New York Times) Elizabeth Sutphen has garnered praise for her sparkling voice and her ability to “soar deftly through stratospheric trills and arpeggios” (Financial Times). Praised as “Exquisite” by The Guardian, Sutphen recently made her debuts at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Faustina in the Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Tarik O’Regan and John Caird’s The Phoenix. Sutphen looks forward to the 2019-20 season with a return to Oper Frankfurt in her first Rossini heroine role of Lisetta in a new production of La gazzetta, and the charming Philine in Thomas’s Mignon. 2019-20 also sees her return to The Houston Grand Opera for her role debut of Gilda in Rigoletto, her house debut at The Dallas Opera as la voce dal cielo in Don Carlo, her debut with the Tiroler Festspiele in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and La Folie in Rameau’s Platée with Des Moines Metro Opera. Her 2018 season saw her back at Oper Frankfurt as Zerbinetta in Brigitte Fassbaender’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos, as Atalanta in Handel’s Xerxes, and Zerbinetta in a new production directed by Michel Fau and conducted by Evan Rogister with the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.
As an “astonishing mature member” (Frankfurter Neue Presse) of the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt, Sutphen’s 2016 and 2017 seasons at Oper Frankfurt included the roles of Lisa in Bellini’s La sonnambula, Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as roles in new productions of Xerxes as Romilda, Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan directed by Brigitte Fassenbaender as Tiny Bunyan, and Honegger’s Jeanne D’Arc au Bucher as La Vierge. 2017 also saw Sutphen in her debut at Kentucky Opera in what has become her signature of Zerbinetta. Sutphen is a proud alumna of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist and Richard Gaddes Festival Artist programs, where she made her 2015 debut as Bianca in Puccini’s La rondine under the baton of Music Director Stephen Lord, and the following year as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos.
An alumna of the Juilliard School, Sutphen has also made professional debuts on the concert stage. In 2017 she made her French debut with the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, performing an evening of Bernstein favorites. In 2018 she debuted in Austria with the Vienna Boys Choir as the soprano soloist in Carmina Austriaca and performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Further concert performances have included Handel’s Messiah in her debut with Milwaukee Symphony and her first performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Allentown Symphony.
During her time at The Juilliard School, Sutphen earned critical acclaim for her performances as La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the leadership of Emmanuel Villaume, and as Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto led by Julian Wachner with Juilliard415, the school’s principal period-instrument ensemble. She joined Juilliard415 in performances with Maestro Nicholas McGegan in Telemann’s Die Tageszeiten at Alice Tully Hall before touring with the ensemble to Vancouver and Berkeley, CA, where they performed with The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Additional performances at Juilliard include her Alice Tully Hall debut in Juilliard’s Wednesday at One series and covering Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the Met+Juilliard production of Concert of Comic Operas under the baton of James Levine. Further performances included Suor Genevieve in Suor Angelica and Frasquita in Carmen with Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s selections of Die Zauberflöte with Albany Symphony and New York City’s Little Orchestra Society.
A frequent grant recipient and competition winner, Sutphen has been recognized by the Sullivan Foundation with a Career Development Grant, The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2nd prize), The George London Foundation (Encouragement Award), The Dallas Opera Guild National Vocal Competition (Finalist), The Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers at OTSL, The Novick Career Grant at The Juilliard School, The National Society of Arts and Letters (1st Prize), The McCammon Voice Competition (Female Encouragement Award), FAVA Grand Concours Competition (2nd Prize); Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions (District Winner) and The Gerda Lissner Song Competition. In 2017 she represented Oper Frankfurt in the prestigious Stella Maris Vocal Competition (second place). In addition to earing both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Juilliard, Sutphen has received additional training as a resident artist at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany (2015) and at the Sir George Solti Accademia for Bel Canto performance (2016). In August of 2018, she was honored to have represented The United States as a semi finalist in Operalia.