Elise first heard opera through the radio, too young to understand the host’s explanations, but still transported by the sound. From there, opera found ways to grow in her heart until she was sneaking away from boarding school to get rush tickets to the Met. After graduating from William & Mary and finding love & work in Chicago, she was thrilled to become a season ticket holder at the Lyric and joined the Lyric Young Professionals shortly after that. She is currently a Director of Operations at XSELL Technologies, a Chicago-based startup, where she works with her team to innovate the next generation of ethical AI. In her free time, she helps with her family’s cheese shop and will happily talk to you about why cheese is really just like opera.
Her fiancée is an operations maverick in the financial services sector. Their Frenchie (Monty) is learning to bark Elise’s favorite aria, “O mio babbino caro”, even though he’s more of a bark-itone than a soprano.
Elise is excited to serve as the Events Chair for LYP and work to create spaces for more people to be introduced to and celebrate the opera!