Elizabeth Polese



Elizabeth Polese

(She/Her) Described as “powerful and engaging” (The Globe & Mail), “sparkling”, “delightful”, with “power to spare” (Opera Canada), Canadian Soprano Elizabeth Polese is a recent graduate of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, a fellow at Tanglewood Music Centre, and winner of the 2019 Sullivan Foundation Gail Robinson Award for Soprano.

Opéra de Montréal
Atelier Lyrique Young Artist, 2019-2021
The Sullivan Foundation
Gail Robinson Award for Soprano, 2019
The Royal Conservatory
Rebanks Fellow , 2016-17
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Praised by The Globe and Mail as “powerful and engaging”, and recent recipient of the 2019 Sullivan Foundation award, Canadian soprano Elizabeth Polese is quickly establishing herself as a versatile young musician in opera, oratorio and concert repertoire. This season, she is enjoying her second year with l'Atelier Lyrique young artist ensemble at Opéra de Montréal.

Highlights from the 2019-20 season with Opéra de Montréal include covers as Marzelline in Fidelio (Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin) and Agnès in Written on Skin (conducted by Nicole Paiement). Other engagements included concerts with Nicolas Ellis and l'Orchestre de l'Agora (Cabaret Bel Canto), Sinfonia de Lanaudière, and Pro Musica series Mélodînes. Oratorio repertoire this season included Messiah (Toronto Choral Society, Brott Music Festival), Bach Magnificat and Vivaldi Gloria (Pax Christi Chorale). COVID-19 cancellations included: Pamina cover, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Opéra de Montréal), Soprano I soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Choral Connection), The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Ms. Polese’s return as a fellow to Tanglewood Music Centre.

Selected opera highlights include Susanna / Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera York, Highlands Opera, Brott Opera), Despina in Così fan tutte (Highlands), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Stratford, Indian River Festival), Erste Dame / Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Brott, OY), Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto (Opéra de Montréal), Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (Orchestre de l'Agora), Amore / Valletto in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (COSI), and the Canadian Premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon's Twenty-Seven as Alice B. Toklas, Rorem’s Our Town as Emily Webb (NUOVA), and Dame Ethel Smythe’s Fête Galante as Columbine (Opera5), the latter for which the ensemble cast was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in 2018.
“Sparkling... delightful... power to spare.”
— Opera Canada