British-American Soprano Elizabeth Novella recently returned from a fellowship position at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she sang the role of Maia in the first fully staged production of Christopher Theofanidis’ The Cows of Apollo or the Invention of Music and was praised for her "first-rate singing" (Opera News). While in Aspen, she also covered The High Priestess in the Festival's production of Aïda in collaboration with singers of The Metropolitan Opera. This fall, Ms. Novella covered Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Venture Opera and will perform Maja in Bare Opera's production of Enrique Granados' Goyescas. Ms. Novella will return to Aspen for the summer of 2016 to cover Victoria in William Bolcom’s A Wedding.
Ms. Novella was recently selected as a semi-finalist for The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition with Shreveport Opera and will travel to Louisiana to participate in the finals in March. Ms. Novella won first place in the National Association for Teachers of Singing Competition (NYC division) consecutively from 2006-2009 and again in 2011. She also won the Bard College Concerto Competition in 2011.
Previous credits include Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Mrs. Wormwood (Musilda) performed and adapted from Roald Dahl's Matilda by Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater's Outreach Program. 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 Gilda (Rigoletto), Elettra (Idomeneo) and Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) with the Aspen Music Festival and School as well as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Novella was also seen as Gilda with the American Symphony Orchestra 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.
Ms. Novella holds a Master's in Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Bard College.