“She is, in a word,
A brilliant interpreter of the most demanding roles in the spinto-drammatico soprano repertory, this past season has seen Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs as featured artist opening the Verdi Bicentennial Concerts at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, followed by her critically acclaimed role and house debut in Strauss' Salome at den Norske Opern in Stefan Herheim's reprise of his Salzburg production. She then appeared under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Puccini's La Fanciulla del West at his Castleton International Festival, and as Verdi's Lady Macbeth at Montevideo's Teatro Solis.
‘Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs ... certainly was [Salome's] highlight. Her vocal splendor and strength were Salome worthy and she often formed the merciless role with beautiful bel canto singing.’
She was heard worldwide in the Sirius Satellite Radio Metropolitan Opera Broadcast of Puccini's Tosca with tenor Marcello Giordani, as Puccini's La Fanciulla del West under the direction of Bruno Bartoletti at Palermo's Teatro Massimo, and as Verdi's Lady Macbeth at Santiago, Chile's Teatro Municipal.
Elizabeth is becoming recognized as one of the most exciting lirico-spinto sopranos on the international scene today. Critics have praised her virtuosic bel canto technique, the beauty of her voice, her pyrotechnic coloratura, and her unerring theatricality. Hailed as one of the best young Verdi singers by Placido Domingo, she appeared with him at the Washington National Opera as Giordani’s Fedora in a gala performance. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta in the Zeffirelli production of Verdi’s La Traviata under the baton of Marcello Viotti with Lado Ataneli as Germont, and her Italian debut was the title role in Jonathan Miller’s production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at Torino’s Teatro Regio, conducted by Evelino Pidó. In South America she was Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco for Chile’s Teatro Municipal, with Maurizio Benini. In London she appeared as Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s Fanciulla del West for Opera Holland Park. She was seen as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, for Florida Grand Opera with Anthony Michaels-Moore as Rance, and where one reviewer said “... [her] rapturous sound literally enveloped the stage. A flamboyant, charismatic stage presence.” She returned to FGO to sing a critically acclaimed Tosca. She reprised Abigaille in Nabucco for the Aspendos Festival at the 15,000 seat Roman amphitheater in Antalya, Turkey, and was featured in a new production of Aida at Opera Omaha and Norma for Palm Beach Opera with Ruth Ann Swenson as Adalgisa. For the New York City Opera she was seen as both Tosca and Mimì in La Bohème.
© John Charles Baker
Salome, Stefan Herheim co-production
Salzburg/Den Norske Opera, Oslo
© Erik Berg
As Abigaille in Nabucco, Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
© Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs
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