Elizabeth Reeves is a London-based American soprano. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music in the studio of the acclaimed English tenor David Rendall. In 2013, she graduated with honors from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson.
This summer, she looks forward to singing the role of Hélène de la Cerisaie in the RCM International Opera School’s production of Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée. Her past operatic roles have included Arminda in Mozart's La finta giardiniera (RCM International Opera School), 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 her time at the RCM, she appeared in the ensemble of Die Fledermaus, directed by John Copley, and created several roles in Crime and Punishment, a program of new operas produced by the RCM in association with Tête à Tête.
Elizabeth was a 2013-2014 Resident Artist with Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City, where she sang in their series of children’s outreach operas including La Cenerentola, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Beauty and the Beast. In the summer of 2012, she joined 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 Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Elizabeth has been fortunate to work as a creator as well as an interpreter of operatic works. 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 also been a frequent contributor to the Virginia Arts Festival and the Peabody Conservatory’s Opera Etudes project.