ELIZABETH CAMPBELL

MEZZO-SOPRANO

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 ‘s-HertogenboschSinging Competition and has represented Australia in the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. In 1997 she was awarded the Bayreuth Scholarship.

This year Elizabeth’s  performances will include one of her signature roles, Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes with Sydney Symphony Orchestra (David Robertson conducting), and Christina in Christina’s World with State Opera South Australia.

Elizabeth made her operatic debut as Carmen with the West Australian Opera and since then has featured regularly with the state opera companies and Opera Australia. Her extensive operatic repertoire includes leading roles in Così fan tutteEugene OneginCarmenXerxesGiulio CesareAlcinaThe Marriage of FigaroLa clemenza di TitoBoris Godunov, The Rake’s ProgressIl trittico, Die Meistersinger von NurnbergLes TroyensLes contes d’HoffmannWertherHansel and GretelLa forza del destinoIl trovatoreNabuccoMadama Butterfly (for which she was twice awarded the Green Room Award), LuluPeter GrimesDie FledermausL’incoronazione di PoppeaThe Ring CycleCapriccioRigolettoAndréa ChénierThe Turn of the ScrewLittle WomenDead Man Walking (for which she won a Helpmann Award) and the world premières of Summer of the Seventeenth DollBataviaLindy and The Love of the Nightingale (Richard Mills).

More recently Elizabeth has been heard in the roles of The Soreceress in Dido and Aeneas, Amneris in Aida, Niobe/Nurse/Narrator in The Love of the Nightingale, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Teresa in La Sonnambula, Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes, and Grimgerde in Die Walküre and First Norn in Götterdämmerung, all for Opera Australia; Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, Herodias in Salome and Amneris (for which she won a Helpmann Award) for State Opera of South Australia; her role debut as Klytemnestra in Elektra, Acuzena in Il trovatore and Mrs Sedley in Peter Grimes for West Australian Opera; and Fricka in Das Rheingold for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.  In addition to recitals in South Australia and Victoria last year her performances included Elijah as well as returns to State Opera of South Australia for semi-staged versions of La Vida Breve and Gianni Schicchi and the Verdi Spectacular.

One of Australia’s leading concert artists and recitalists, Elizabeth appears regularly 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.

Other concert engagements have included appearances as a special guest artist with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra in Elgar’s Sea Pictures, at the Woodend Festival, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Australian World Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra, Die Walküre with WASO, Handel’s Messiah with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, performances at the Huntington Festival and Coriole Music Festival as featured vocalist, Verdi’s Requiem for State Opera of South Australia, and the world premiere performances of Richard Mills’ Passion according to St Mark for the Tasmanian, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

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, Graeme Koehne’s Three Poems by Byron, Handel’s Messiah, The Australian Opera’s Giulio CesareSummer 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.

PERFORMANCES WITH STATE OPERA SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Emma – Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (2020)
Katisha – The Mikado (2019)
Middle Aged Christina – Christina’s World (2019)
Sorceress – Dido & Aeneas (2018)

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State Opera South Australia is excited to be able to welcome you back to the theatre this November for our new production of "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" as we present opera for the first time in the new-look Her Majesty’s Theatre.

We are pleased to announce an extra performance date on Saturday 14 November, allowing more people to see this compelling drama in person.

Book at BASS: www.bass.net.au/events/sosa20-summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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State Opera South Australia is excited to be able to welcome you back to the theatre this November for our new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll as we present opera for the first time in the new-look Her Majesty’s Theatre. 

We are pleased to announce an extra performance date on Saturday 14 November, allowing more people to see this compelling drama in person.

Book at BASS: https://www.bass.net.au/events/sosa20-summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

Adelaide Festival Centre

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So happy you’ll be back performing this year. Love to all the SOSA family! xx

So pleased this is able to go ahead! Can’t wait to see it 🙂

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Booked!!😎

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Danielle Ruggiero-Prior date night?

Ooooooooh Sophie Felicilicity?

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Throwback to our performance of Einstein on the Beach in 2014 - now one of Philip Glass' most famous operas, it was first premiered over 40 years ago today!

#stateopera #MakeHistory #createourfuture #opera
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Throwback to our performance of Einstein on the Beach in 2014 - now one of Philip Glass most famous operas, it was first premiered over 40 years ago today!

#stateopera #makehistory #createourfuture #opera

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Fabulous memories. Would do it again in a flash. Einstein was definitely the most challenging mentally and physically.

A rare treat to see these 3 wonderful operas together. My favourite was Akhenaten.

It was an incredible thing to be part of!

A highlight for me! I would do it again if given the chance! My favourite of the three portrait operas!

I have never counted to 8 so many times in my life!!

Unforgettable.

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You can turn almost any story into an opera - what story would you tell if you had the chance? All you need is high stakes, fascinating characters and you've got yourself the beginnings of a great theatrical work.

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You can turn almost any story into an opera - what story would you tell if you had the chance? All you need is high stakes, fascinating characters and youve got yourself the beginnings of a great theatrical work. 

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From personal experience just day to day love and dramas of working in a busy major hospital...many colourful characters...

not so much "modern day", but I have always thought the William Golding novel "The Spire" would make an amazing opera. If I knew how to write a libretto, I would be onto it.

I would nominate Louisa Lawson, mother of Henry. She was a “modern” woman well before her time. Singer, story-teller, innovator, editor of Sydney’s first feminist newspaper “The Dawn”. If you are interested in her fascinating story read Louisa by Brian Matthews.

The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami is a compelling setting for a personal drama / love story with the Shakespearean scale of climate change as the ‘imbalance of the universe’ context.

Lockdown the Opera. Come join us here, the characters in this house get more fascinating by the day! The gin ran out today too, so stakes are high. With Tom Pugh

Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap. You could have work in Greek as well, using some of the rebetika tradition etc etc. Would make a sensational opera.

Pride and prejudice and pirates of the Caribbean

In twenty years time the pandemic centered on several couples maybe...

Something about Julia. Where it ends with her Misogyny speech and while she beheads Abbot and stands on his body holding his head high ... Sword in hand Cue curtain.

Autism — initial joy, the struggle, a joyous chorus as success comes, a future in a complex environment — lots of interesting scenarios! interlinked with a theme chorus. Bit like Amadaous perhaps!

Children overboard.

The complete breakdown of a powerful western democracy at the hands of an entitled buffoon and his manipulative, opportunistic cronies. Everyone dies. Too high concept?

The life of Dolores from the cranberries or Amy wine house

The Love of Seven Dolls.

Yes agree with Jane Rossetto. A story about a woman who manages to have sex and not die - The Opera.

The secret garden

The dismissal of the Whitlam government! The underhand behaviour of Kerr, the collusion with the British Crown, the shadowy role of the CIA, Whitlam’s defiant speech on the steps of the Parliament...

The story of Monica Lewinsky. Her confidant, her lover, his enablers , the gossips, her mother, the lawyers.. the betrayal, the courtroom.. plenty there to play with.

Anything without a female death / victim and perhaps without an older larger love interest Xxx DEAD MAN WALKING. Amazing !!!!

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