Elizabeth DeShong


The American mezzo-soprano, a Ryan Opera Center alumna, triumphed in 2018 at the Metropolitan Opera as Arsace/Semiramide, after previous appearances there in The Enchanted Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lulu. She returned to the Met earlier this season as Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, which has also brought her to Glyndebourne, Munich, and London’s Royal Opera. In addition to Arsace, her many successes in coloratura mezzo repertoire include Ruggero/Alcina (Washington), Orsini/ Lucrezia Borgia (London, San Francisco), Cenerentola (Vienna State Opera, Glyndebourne, Toronto), Rosina (Los Angeles, Detroit), Calbo/ Maometto II (Toronto), and Juno and Ino/Semele (Paris). She also sings Sesto/La clemenza di Tito (Los Angeles), Hansel/Hansel and Gretel (Glyndebourne, Edinburgh), the Composer/Ariadne auf Naxos (2010 Washington National Opera Artist of the Year Award), Hermia/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence), and Martha/John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Amsterdam Concertgebouw). DeShong has appeared with the major orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Rome (Santa Cecilia),

Previously at Lyric: Fourteen roles since 2005|06, most recently Pauline/The Queen of Spades (2019|20); Adalgisa/Norma (2016|17); Fenena/Nabucco (2015|16).

Last updated: February 14, 2019
Photo: Kristin Hoebermann