Elza Van Den Heever


The much-acclaimed South African soprano scored a triumph as Chrysothemis last season at the Metropolitan Opera, where she has also earned similarly lavish praise as Elettra/Idomeneo, Elisabetta/Maria Stuarda (company premiere, HD), and Donna Anna/Don Giovanni. She began the current season at the Vienna State Opera as Elsa/Lohengrin (a portrayal previously heard in Zurich and Munich). Following Lyric’s Elektra she will return to the Met as Vitellia/La clemenza di Tito and to Oper Frankfurt as Norma (which she has also sung in Toronto, Dallas, and Bordeaux). Van den Heever has scored successes in an astonishingly varied repertoire, including operas of Mozart (Così fan tutte, Paris, Dallas); Beethoven (Fidelio, Zurich); Britten (Peter Grimes, Vienna, London); Verdi (I Lombardi, Hamburg; Ernani, Frankfurt; Il trovatore, Bordeaux; Otello, Frankfurt; Don Carlo, Bordeaux, Strasbourg); and Puccini (Il trittico, Frankfurt). At San Francisco Opera, where she participated in the company’s Merola Opera and Adler Fellowship programs, she appeared in the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Appomattox. Among her successes in concert have been Britten’s War Requiem with the Kölner Philharmonie under Semyon Bychkov, and Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Grammy-winning CD) with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

Previously at Lyric: Chrysothemis/Elektra (2018|19); Armida/Rinaldo (2011|12)

Last updated: February 2, 2019
Photo: Dario Acosta