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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Did you miss our special Anzac Day concert this morning? Don’t worry, you can still watch it in full below! ... See MoreSee Less

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I did! and shared!

It was wonderful.

Just wonderful a lovely varied presentation!

Joan Young here you go. 🎶

Loved it. Thank you!

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Join State Opera as they sing for "King and Country" this ANZAC Day morning from 11am ACST. Featuring hit songs of the early 20th Century and the wartime anthems that swelled a nation’s pride, plus a smattering of Gilbert and Sullivan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you from an ex-south Australian. That was special.

Beautifully performed, thank you State Opera South Australia

My kitten thinks I’m mad as I sing along with Tarantara!

Wonderful memories of performing in Pirates of Penzance. In memory of the four police who died the other day.

Great to see these folk performing again, even if we're not with them. Great tribute by SOSA to the Anzacs.

Fantastic singing. I grew up with all this music, especially the Irish ones.

Floods of tears here. Takes me back to my childhood and happy family concerts around the piano on Sunday nights with my wonderful Uncle Albert playing piano with much gratuitous emotion

Not sure anyone can move Peter Dawson over but loving this rendition.

Taking me back.50 plus years and memories of anzac day with my mother

What a wonderful concert...congratulations to the singers and all involved...the ANZAC commemorations have certainly risen to a professional and amazing level due to events like this...a true positive of the lockdown necessity.

I am 72 and somehow these songs are part of my fabric. I don't know the how or the why , they just are and my family wasn't particularly musical. I guess I just absorbed them with the air I breathed. Thank you

Artists: Bethany Hill, Charlotte Kelso, Mark Oates, Andrew Crispe, and Gerry Masi.

Go you heroes.... doing the choreography from NLTC's Pirates of Penzance in my loungeroom 😀

Great work SOSA. Thoroughly enjoyed that!! Lest We Forget.

Thank you SOSA for a truly beautiful and meaningful concert this ANZAC Day ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lovely addition to ANZAC day, well done State Opera

Thank you SOSA. It's wonderful to hear these old songs sung so beautifully. A very special and moving tribute. Bravo All.

Thanks Mark, too, for your singing of the anthems this morning. So great.

I am trying to find the songs that I missed.

Loving this, thanks state opera. And thanks Amy for drawing my attention to this.

My dog, Toby, is quiet for a change... enjoying it along with my loud singing

That was wonderful. I shall just mop up the tears after Danny Boy.. ...thank you..

A simple but big thank you. Songs from my youth. Beverley Frling

Lovely concert. Thank you to all the artists and to Stuart and State Opera.

Loved this concert, brought back memories of hearing my pop sing loudly to many of the songs, especially in the latter part. Congratulations State Opera South Australia . Feel free to share .

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We gave ABC an exclusive preview before our concert tomorrow morning. Don't forget to tune into the ABC for all your other ANZAC coverage here www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/anzac-day-2020/12133148 ... See MoreSee Less

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I love this.xx

Beautiful ❤️

A beautiful video in these trying times

Wonderfull Mark, Andrew, Gerry and ladies. Oh (Danny) Boy that was great. And thanks for that little trick , just so that we could hear it again 😉

The magnificent Mark Oates was a good enough to let us share a bit of behind-the-scenes footage from the recording, in which we hear his gorgeous interpretation of Danny Boy not once, but twice. That's right folks - even pros can have a "moment" but they get right back up and keep on going. As one listener said "Lucky us to hear it twice!" 😉

Mark Oates you’re a wonderful wonderful human xx

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