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Elise Quagliata

Elise Quagliata


Elise Quagliata, mezzo-soprano, has garnered critical notice over the past decade for her “rich, expressive voice and passionate delivery” (The New York Times) in a wide range of repertoire, from Carmen and Dead Man Walking to Sweeney Todd, and from oratorio and art song to cabaret.

The artist’s upcoming appearances include Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking with the Modern American Music Project, Joan Clarke in American Lyric Theater’s workshop of The Turing Project, the Verdi Requiem in Brazil with maestro Fabio Mechetti and the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais of Belo Horizonte and with the Jacksonville Symphony, Fricka in Union Avenue Opera’s Die Walküre, Carmen in Carmen with Pensacola Opera, as well as various recitals, masterclasses and cabaret performances in New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Recent acclaim has greeted Ms. Quagliata’s performances in Eugene Onegin (Des Moines Metro Opera), where Opera News noted her “adorable Olga, who moved with a dancer’s grace, and deftly essayed the requisite low notes.” A “commanding figure” with “vocal power and concentration” as Fricka in Das Rheingold (Union Avenue Opera, St. Louis), the artist was by contrast a “hilarious and beautifully twisted” Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Pensacola Opera).

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