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ELIZABETH LLEWELLYN MBE
Known for her vivid portrayals of Puccini and Verdi heroines and for her full, distinctive voice, Elizabeth has risen through the ranks since making her debut as Mimi La bohème at English National Opera, and has established herself internationally as an artist of distinction. Elizabeth was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022, marking her extraordinary contributions and services to music across the UK.
Elizabeth's recent notable highlights include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Bess Porgy and Bess, role and company debuts as Jenůfa at Welsh National Opera, Desdemona Otello for Grange Park Opera directed by David Alden, Alice Ford in a new co-production of Falstaff by Sir David McVicar for Scottish Opera and the Edinburgh International Festival and recitals at Wigmore Hall and across the UK. In May 2021 she released her debut solo album Heart & Hereafter alongside pianist Simon Lepper - a collection of twenty-five songs celebrating the significant song-output of British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Elizabeth Llewellyn makes role debut as Ariadne
Elizabeth makes her house and role debut as Ariadne in Opera North's upcoming production of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Antony Hermus.
In a production by Rodula Gaitanou, Elizabeth sings alongside Hanna Hipp as Composer, David Butt-Phillip and Ric Furman as Tenor/Bacchus, Jennifer France as Zerbinetta, Dominick Sedgewick as Harlequin, Alex Banfield as Saramuccio plus others.
Ariadne auf Naxos opens on Saturday 18 February at Leeds Grand Theatre, with further performances on 21, 24 February and 1 March. The production then tours to The Lowry, Manchester on 10 March, the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on 17 March and the Theatre Royal Newcastle on 24 March.
At the end of the production tour, Elizabeth returns to the Wigmore Hall for the next installment of her curated recital series, focussing on the work of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. For this recital, Elizabeth will be joined by contralto Jess Dandy, pianist Simon Lepper and actor Paterson Joseph.
For further information on Ariadne auf Naxos, visit the Opera North website here.