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British-American Soprano Elizabeth Novella was recently named a finalist in the Tenor Viñas Contest at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. This December, she will make her St. Petersburg Opera debut as The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Novella sang Adele in Die Fledermaus with The Muses Project this past September. In 2023, she will return to Sarasota Opera to sing Giovanna in Ernani and cover Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Ms. Novella recently covered the roles of Leïla in Les Pecheurs des perles and Marie in La Fille du Regiment with Sarasota Opera in the spring of 2022. During the winter of 2020, she performed Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore "with a rich voice and fine comic timing" - Herald Tribune and Musetta (cover) in La Bohème as Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera. Ms. Novella was also seen as Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) with the Aspen Music Festival and School, for which the press hailed: “Novella dazzled with rich sound and impressive intensity as Antonia” - The Aspen Times. She performed the role of Villiers’ Fiancée and covered Peg in Carlisle Floyd’s most recent opera Prince of Players with Little Opera Theatre of New York. Recent operatic roles with the Aspen Music Festival and School include Maia in the first fully staged production of Christopher Theofanidis’ The Cows of Apollo or the Invention of Music under the baton of Robert Spano for which she was praised: "there was first-rate singing from soprano Elizabeth Novella" -Opera News as well as the High Priestess (cover) (Aïda) and Victoria (cover) in William Bolcom’s A Wedding. Also in Aspen, Ms. Novella performed “I want magic” in a Master Class with the legendary Renée Fleming. She was a young artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, where she performed in Bellini's Il Pirata under the baton of Will Crutchfield. In 2021 Ms. Novella was named a semi-finalist in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.
Other credits include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Venture Opera, Maja (Goyescas) with Bare Opera, Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor) with New York Lyric Opera Theater, as well as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with The Amalfi Coast Music Festival.
Scene work includes Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) under the baton of Jane Glover, Marguerite (Faust) under the baton of Patrick Summers and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, all with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, as well as Gilda (Rigoletto), Elettra (Idomeneo) and Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) with the Aspen Opera Center. Ms. Novella was also seen as and Mimì (La Bohème) with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Ensemble.
Concert work includes Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the cellists of the New York Philharmonic and Gilda (Rigoletto) with the American Symphony Orchestra (Tōn).
Ms. Novella holds a M.M. in Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a B.A. in Music from Bard College. Ms. Novella is a native New Yorker and is currently based in NYC.