Sydney Opera House

Elizabeth Connell



Elizabeth Connell is acclaimed for her performances of the great Strauss, Verdi and Wagner heroines.

Following her debut at Wexford Opera Festival in 1972, she sang at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in Prokofiev's War and Peace in 1973, and has continued to have a special relationship with Opera Australia ever since.

She has appeared at the opera houses of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, New York (Metropolitan Opera), San Francisco, Milan (La Scala), Naples and Geneva in a wide repertoire and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange, Verona and Glyndebourne Festivals. Connell has had a successful collaboration with conductors such as Abbado, Muti, Sinopoli, Giulini, Sawallisch, Mackerras, Downes, Sir Colin Davis, Maazel, Levine, Ozawa and Elder.

Most recently, she sang Elektra in Las Palmas, Gertrude (Humperdinck‘s Hänsel und Gretel) for the Royal Opera (with worldwide Telecast and DVD release) and concerts of Jenufa with the London Symphony and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras under Daniel Harding as well as Fidelio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

In December 2008, Elizabeth Connell had a triumphant success at the opening night of Puccini’s Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, her most recent role added to her repertoire, which for the past three seasons she has also sung in
Hamburg, Prague and before that for Opera Australia.

In May and June 2010, she sang in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at the State Opera Prague, conducted by Jan Latham-König. Her 2010 performances also included Elektra in Auckland as well as a solo recital in London St John's Smith Square.

Engagements in 2011/2012 include an opera gala at the Bad Urach Festival, where she will be singing arias and scenes from Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Verdi's Otello and Macbeth and Ortrud in a new production of Lohengrin at Opéra de Toulon.

Her many recordings include Rossini's Guillaume Tell (Decca / Chailly), Mahler's Eighth Symphony (EMI / Tennstedt), Mendelssohn's Second Symphony (DG/Abbado), Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten (Decca / Zagrosek), Donizetti's Poliuto, Verdi's I Due Foscari (Philips / Gardelli), Schönberg's Gurrelieder (Denon/Inbal), Wagner's Lohengrin (Philips/Friedrich) and Schubert Lieder with
Graham Johnson, as part of Hyperion’s Complete Schubert Edition. In 2008, two important CD releases have been added to her discography: Her first operatic recital, singing great scenes by Wagner and Strauss for ABC classics as well as Britten’s Owen Wingrave, conducted by Richard Hickox.

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