Soprano Elisabeth Marshall has been praised for her “admirably flexible, gilt-edged voice” of “resonance and beauty” and “radiant sheen”. In 2016 she was a finalist in The American Prize’s Art Song and Oratorio division with a Special Citation for “Outstanding Performance in Music before 1800”. Ms. Marshall made her Chicago Symphony Center debut in 2015 in Handel’s Messiah (Apollo Chorus), which she has also sung with the Cincinnati Symphony, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, and in Hailsham, England. Ms. Marshall has performed the music of J.S. Bach extensively, including his B minor Mass, with the Chorus pro Musica of Boston, Maine Music Society, and in 2018 with the Choral Art Society of Maine; Mattäuspassion at the Oregon Bach Festival under Helmuth Rilling, and numerous cantatas with the White Mountain Bach Festival in North Conway, New Hampshire. Other notable engagements include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with several regional ensembles from Maine to Indiana, as well as his Requiem at Rochester Cathedral, England; Carmina Burana in Portland, Maine; and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Indianapolis Symphony under CBE Raymond Leppard.
On the opera stage she has been praised for her “precision” and “technical skill” as the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) with the Merry Opera Company of London, and has also appeared as Frasquita (Carmen) with Bay Chamber Concerts at Maine’s historic Rockport Opera House, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Rosabella (The Most Happy Fella) under Constantine Kitsopoulos with IU Opera Theater, Elisetta (Il matrimonio segreto) at the HMT-Leipzig, and Lauretta in Bizet’s Dr. Miracle with OperaMaine.
A dedicated advocate of new music, Ms. Marshall is a regular artist with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, and is featured on their 2015 debut studio album “New Voices” (Roven Records) in James Kallembach’s Four Romantic Songs, her delivery of which OPERA NEWS hailed as “radiant” and “sensuous”. In 2016 she joined the Lorelei Ensemble in the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, under the baton of Stefan Asbury. In the summer of 2017 she was a Professional Fellow at SongFest in Los Angeles, performing works of Libby Larsen and Scott Wheeler, among others.
Ms. Marshall performs regularly with several professional choral ensembles including the Handel & Haydn Society, Lorelei Ensemble, and the Oregon Bach Festival, and previously the Wexford Festival Opera, London Philharmonia Chorus, and Carmel Bach Festival, working with conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Matthew Halls, Leonard Slatkin, Masaaki Suzuki, and Craig Hella Johnson.
A Fulbright grant recipient to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany, she sang for many years with Helmuth Rilling through the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and later La Academia de Bach in Chile. Ms. Marshall holds a Doctorate in Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where her principal teacher was Carol Vaness, and has also coached with Roger Vignoles, Martin Katz, Håkan Hagagård, Delores Ziegler, Charles Riecker, and Suzanne Murphy. In 2017 Ms. Marshall was appointed Assistant Professor at the Ithaca College School of Music, and formerly served as Artist Faculty at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, Portland Conservatory of Music, and has maintained a private voice studio since 2001. www.elisabethmarshall.com