Opera Today called Elizabeth Reeves's recent turn as Arminda in RCM International Opera School’s production of La finta giardiniera “show-stopping,” and her performance in the premiere of Amy Bryce’s Der Eisenhut was called “the best singing of the evening.”
In July of 2018, Elizabeth looks forward to making her role debut as the Contessa in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Mediterranean Opera Festival, where she will also sing Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. During her studies, Elizabeth appeared with the RCM International Opera School as Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Hélène in Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée.
Previously trained as a mezzo-soprano, her other operatic roles have included the title role in La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia/Bedford Park Festival), Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni (both with the Narnia Festival), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Ensemble OrQuesta), Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (Siena Music Festival), and Veronica in the world premiere of Don Cesarino (Peabody Opera Theatre), for which she also wrote the libretto. In the summer of 2012, she was a member of the Janiec Opera Company for its repertory season as a part of the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. There, she sang the role of Sœur Constance in their innovative, in-the-round production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Elizabeth has been fortunate to work as both a performer and creator of new music. In 2016, she premiered several roles in Crime and Punishment, a program of new operas produced by the RCM in association with Tête à Tête. In 2013, she was one of three librettists selected to take part in the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. This project, which afforded her the opportunity to work under the mentorship of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Mark Campbell, culminated in a performance of her new opera Duffy’s Cut at the Kennedy Center. As a librettist, she has collaborated with a number of exciting young composers including Jake Runestad and Jennifer Bellor, and her operas have been performed at the Virginia Arts Festival, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Kennedy Center.
In June of 2018, Elizabeth graduated from the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, where she studies under a renowned faculty led by tenor Dennis O’Neill. She received her Master’s in Performance from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with David Rendall, Amanda Roocroft, and Simon Lepper.