English soprano Elizabeth Karani is a graduate of the National Opera Studio, London. She trained on the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course under Susan McCulloch and received a Master of Music with distinction and was awarded a Concert Recital Diploma for her final recital. Elizabeth also studied under Susan Roper at the Royal Northern College of Music and received a BMus (Hons) 1st Class. She currently studies privately with Mary Plazas.
Elizabeth has won several awards, including the Elizabeth Harwood Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award, the Elsie Thurston Prize, the Harold Rosenthal Prize and a Kathleen Ferrier Young Singer’s Award. She was a 2015 Les Azuriales Finalist and a 2016 Joaninha Award Finalist. She was a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist and is a 2018-21 Equilibrium Young Artist. Elizabeth has made her concert debuts at the Gasteig (Munich), alongside conductor Barbara Hannigan and the Munich Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Westminster Abbey, the Xi’an Concert Hall (Xi'an, China), Musique Cordiale (Provence, France) and at La Folle Journée (Nantes, France).
"Elizabeth Karani projects the part of the wronged Isabella strongly, with accomplished coloratura which demonstrates the full command of vocal technique Rossini was already demanding at so young an age."
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source
Roles include Nanna/Thora The Monstrous Child (The Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Gretel Hansel and Gretel (English National Opera), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park), Tatyana Eugene Onegin (Mid Wales Opera), Rutilia Lucio Papirio Dittatore (Buxton International Festival/La Serenissima), Cino Teuzzone (La Serenissima, Venice), Isabella L'inganno felice (West Green Opera), Musetta La Bohème (Opera Holland Park, Christine Collins Young Artist), Jano Jenufa (Longborough Festival Opera), Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Festival Azuriales, London), Countess reduced Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera North), cover Josephine H.M.S Pinafore, cover Amor Orpheus and Euridice, cover First woman/Fury 1 The Mask of Orpheus (English National Opera), Jay and cover Cock The Cunning Little Vixen, cover Marzelline Fidelio (Garsington Opera), Director Greenland (GSMD/ROH2/Budapest), Resi Intermezzo, Angel Jephtha, cover Maiden The Maiden in the Tower (Buxton International Festival), Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Berta Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Diva Opera), Helena A Midsummer Night's Dream (Aldeburgh), Tartagliona The Little Green Swallow, cover Little Moon/Soprano Actor A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera), Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, the UK Premiere of Marinu's Alexandre Bis as Armande, Eleonora Le Donne Curiose, cover Miranda The Dancing Master (GSMD), Atalanta Serse, Frasquita Carmen, Orestes La Belle Hélène, Bat L'enfant et les Sortilèges (RNCM), Micaëla Carmen (MJ:UK), Mademoiselle Silberklang Der Schauspieldirektor, Lucy The Telephone, Serbian La Serva Padrona (The Opera Box) and Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica (Teatro Verdi, Montecatini).
At the National Opera Studio, Elizabeth's core roles were Adina L'elisir d'amore and Governess The Turn of the Screw. Also for the National Opera Studio, Elizabeth sang the roles of Karl in Joanna Marsh's My Beautiful Camel, Masha in Elena Langer's Four Sisters and Mother in Errollyn Wallen's Sabina at Wilton's Music Hall.
Covid cancelled performances included her WNO debut as Despina Così fan tutte and her debut at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Barbara Hannigan. The 2020/21 Season saw her return to Opera Holland Park as Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and her Wagnerian debut as Helmwige Die Walküre at the Hackney Empire. During the 2021/22 season, Elizabeth sings Amy March in the UK premiere of Little Women at Opera Holland Park, Waldvogel Siegfried at the Hackney Empire and returns to English National Opera to cover Josephine H.M.S Pinafore. During the 2022/23 season, Elizabeth will make her ETO debut as Gismonda in Handel's Ottone, sing Belinda/Second Witch Dido and Aeneas at the Theatre Royal Bath, make her Violetta debut La Traviata for Salon Opera and return to Opera Holland Park as Musetta La Bohème, amongst other projects.
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