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Vocalists

Elizabeth DeShong


— Mezzo-Soprano

"Individual moments wove their spell, too…but DeShong’s performance was for the ages. In “Fac ut portem,” the upper range rang out brilliantly, while the lowest notes—this mezzo’s special glory—rolled out like waves of molten gold. Don’t take my word for it. The woman sitting next to me actually stopped knitting during “Fac ut portem” and simply listened. If that’s not faith, what is?”
Parterre Box

"As Ruggiero, Elizabeth DeShong delivered abundant tonal warmth (her low register had particular heft) and vivid phrasing, reaching an eloquent climax in 'Verdi prati.'"
Opera News

“Even more impressive was Elizabeth DeShong as Calbo, a bellicose Venetian general with a human side. Barring a return to the stage by Marilyn Horne, there could be no better demonstration of the viability of a woman in a heroic male role. Vibrant tone, pyrotechnic technique, intense stage presence, spot-on-diction: this American mezzo-soprano has it all.”
National Post

“Adalgisa's tessitura encompasses contralto-like depths and soprano heights, a huge vocal compass that was at DeShong's ready command. What's more, her velvety, focused and pliant vocalism supported a credible characterization. It was good to have one of the Ryan Opera Center's star alumni back at the company that launched her career.”
Chicago Tribune

"As Norma's friend and not-so-virginal vestal, Elizabeth DeShong proved an admirable Adalgisa. Her wide-ranging mezzo-from high notes to contralto-like dark tones- handled the role's demands with aplomb. She brought fire to her confrontation with Pollione and blended fluently with Radvanovsky in the extended duet, "Mira o Norma."
Chicago Classical Review

"It is dominated by DeShong, whose voice combines a contralto opulence with blazing top notes and some of the most staggering coloratura you will ever hear."
The Guardian

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Of Elizabeth DeShong’s performance of the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, The Guardian wrote: “…this is, quite simply, one of the great operatic performances. It is dominated by DeShong, whose voice combines a contralto opulence with blazing top notes and some of the most staggering coloratura you will ever hear…”

Ms. DeShong’s 2018-2019 concert performances include a tour of Europe and the United States with The English Concert singing the role of Juno in Handel's Semele; a solo recital for Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy . . .

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