Elizabeth Bishop

American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop returns to San Francisco Opera in a role she sang with the Company in 1999. The former Adler Fellow and Merola alumna made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1994 as Inez (Il Trovatore) and has sung nearly twenty roles with the Company, including Tisbe (La Cenerentola), the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Flora (La Traviata), Fenena (Nabucco), and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), in addition to creating the roles of Emilie (Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons) and Mama (Wallace’s Harvey Milk). Bishop’s engagements this season include the title role of Iphigénie en Tauride at the Metropolitan Opera, the Principessa (Adriana Lecouvreur) with Washington Concert Opera, and Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Pittsburgh Opera. Career highlights include Fenena, Venus (Tannhäuser), Mère Marie, and the Second Norn (Götterdämmerung) with the Met; Fricka, Eboli (Don Carlo), Meg Page (Falstaff), Gertrude (Hamlet), and the Marquise de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons) with Washington National Opera; Marthe Rull (Kleist’s Der zerbrochene Krug), Third Maid (Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg), and Grandmother Buryja (Jenůfa) with Los Angeles Opera; Amneris (Aida) with Atlanta Opera; Offred in the North American premiere of Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale with Minnesota Opera; and principal roles with Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Pacific Opera Victoria, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and the National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), among others.