British-American Soprano Elizabeth Novella will be performing the role of Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summer of 2018. Ms. Novella recently finished a residency with Bel Canto at Caramoor. Earlier in 2017, she performed the role of Villiers’ Fiancé and covered Peg in Carlisle Floyd’s most recent opera Prince of Players with Little Opera Theatre of New York.
Ms. Novella spent the summer of 2016 as a Vocal Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she covered Victoria in William Bolcom’s A Wedding and performed “I want magic” in a Master Class with Renée Fleming. During her previous summers in Aspen, 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) and covered The High Priestess in the Festival's production of Aïda in collaboration with singers of The Metropolitan Opera, both under the baton of Robert Spano.
Previous credits include Donna Elvira (cover) (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 Marguerite (Faust) under the baton of Patrick Summers and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, both 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.
Ms. Novella holds a Master's in Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Bard College.