Elizabeth Campbell is one of Australia’s most distinguished mezzo-sopranos. She is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and was awarded a Music Students Overseas Study Foundation Scholarship and an Australian Musical Foundation grant for study in London and Europe. She was a finalist in the Munich International Competition, winner of the Elly Ameling Lieder Prize in the Hertogenbosch Singing Competition and has represented Australia in the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. In 1997 she was awarded the Bayreuth Scholarship.
Elizabeth made her operatic debut as Carmen with the West Australian Opera and since then has featured regularly with the state companies and Opera Australia. Her extensive operatic repertoire includes leading roles in Così fan tutte, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare, Alcina, La clemenza di Tito, Boris Godunov, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Les Troyens, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Werther, Hansel and Gretel, La forza del destino, Il trovatore, Madama Butterfly (for which she was twice awarded the Green Room Award), Lulu, Peter Grimes, Die Fledermaus, L’incoronazione di Poppea, The Ring Cycle, Capriccio, Rigoletto, Andréa Chénier, The Turn of the Screw, Dead Man Walking (for which she won a Helpmann Award) and the world premières of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Batavia, Lindy and The Love of the Nightingale.
Elizabeth is also one of Australia’s leading concert artists and recitalists. She appears frequently with leading Australian symphony orchestras, choirs and festivals and has a wide repertoire which includes works by many contemporary Australian composers including Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Mills, Ross Edwards and Graeme Koehne. Internationally, she has performed Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, toured the USA with the Sydney Symphony, and given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, in Den Haag and Antwerp.
In recent years, Elizabeth’s concert engagements have included Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Australian World Orchestra and AYO, Die Walküre with WASO, Handel’s Messiah with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, performances at the Huntington Festival as featured vocalist, and the world premiere performances of Richard Mills’ Passion according to St Mark for the Tasmanian, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.
In opera, her recent performances have included roles in The Rake’s Progress, Rusalka, Il trittico, Amneris in Aida and Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for Opera Australia; Fenena in Nabucco, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Fricka and Waltraute in The Ring Cycle, Cecilia March in Little Women and Antonia’s Mother in The Tales of Hoffman for State Opera of South Australia, workshops of Ingkata at the Adelaide Festival, Mrs De Rocher in Dead Man Walking in Sydney and Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea for Victorian Opera.
Elizabeth’s recordings include Banquo’s Buried (Vol.1 of the Anthology of Australian Song Series) for 2MBS; Mahler’s Symphony No.2, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No.9 and Graeme Koehne’s Three Poems by Byron, Handel’s Messiah, The Australian Opera’s Giulio Cesare, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Margaret Sutherland’s The Woman and the Child, Woman’s Song, Australian settings of Judith Wright poems, and State Opera of South Australia’s Ring Cycle.
Elizabeth’s recent engagements include her role debuts as Klytemnestra in Elektra for West Australian Opera and Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld for State Opera of South Australia, Fricka in Das Rheingold for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra,Niobe/Nurse/Narrator in The Love of the Nightingale, Teresa in La Sonnambula for Opera Australia, Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for West Australian Opera, Amneris in Aida for State Opera of South Australia (for which she won a Helpmann Award) and appearances at Opera in the Paddock and the Woodend Festival.
2013 sees Elizabeth perform the roles of Grimgerde in Die Walküre and First Norn in Götterdämmerung in the Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle, Herodias in Salome for State Opera of South Australia and Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra.