Elizabeth DeShong

Pennsylvania-born mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2009’s Salome as the Page and returned in 2011 as Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia). Her career highlights include Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Kitchen Girl (Rusalka) at the Glyndebourne Festival; the title role of La Cenerentola with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company; Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream) with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Canadian Opera Company; Maffio Orsini with English National Opera; Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with the Santa Fe Opera; High Priestess (Aida) and Suzy (La Rondine) at the Metropolitan Opera; Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Arizona Opera; and Ruggiero (Alcina) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Wolf Trap Opera. A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, DeShong made her debut there as one of the Noble Orphans in Der Rosenkavalier; other performances with that company include Meg Page (Falstaff), Mercedes (Carmen), and Rosina in student performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. On the concert stage, she has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, New York City Ballet, Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and recently completed a recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with John Nelson and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Lisbon, which will be released on DVD. Recent and upcoming engagements include Hermia (The Enchanted Island) at the Met, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) in Japan with Seiji Ozawa, the title role of La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, Rosina in Detroit, and Hansel with Lyric Opera of Chicago.