Why, hello, and thank you for visiting my website!
My name is Elise, I’m a soprano from New Jersey, and I believe opera is a living, breathing, relevant art form, one that I love deeply and want to see grow and evolve. I’m passionate about opera and art song in a big way and love thinking of new ways to express that passion in my performing.
I’ve had the privilege of exploring of a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Buxtehude to Barber, from Mozart to Menotti, from Rossini to Rihm. I embrace the ancient (my current obsession=Hildegard von Bingen) to the brand new (I love premiering works of living composers). My love for opera grew out of a love for choral music and musical theater, and my iPod contains everything from Renaissance motets to Led Zeppelin. I’m a fan of Gothic literature and going on long, scenic hikes, and while I believe that nonmusical interests can inform and improve one’s art, I also believe in pursuing them just because it’s fun.
If you’re into telling stories, thinking outside the box, and embracing the wild, the weird, and the wonderful things about opera, I want to work with you! Leave me a message and let’s create something together!
For a more specific and detailed summary of my musical career, please see my resume!