Mary Elizabeth Williams


 Based in Milan, Italy, US-born soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams’ Season 2020-21 begins with a house debut at Theatre an der Wien as Serena Porgy and Bess, a role she sang at La Scala Milan and at Seattle Opera in past seasons, and to which she returns later in the season with NDR Elbphilharmonie under the baton of Alan Gilbert. She returns to Welsh National Opera to appear as Leonora Il Trovatore, and she joins CBSO for concert performances of Un Ballo in Maschera in the role of Amelia.

Last season’s highlights include her role debut at Vlaanderen Opera as Elisabeth Don Carlos in the five-act French version. Miss Williams made her debut with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in seven performances of Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Zubin Mehta, alongside a Gala Concert in the Park before over 30,000 people to mark his retirement, again with Maestro on the podium. At Festival des Saint-Denis she sang Tippett’s A Child of Our Time conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, returned to her native USA to Lyric Opera of Chicago to prepare for another house and role debut as Gutrune Götterdämmerung in the new Ring production by David Pountney.

“American soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams easily filled the house with her higher resister. The two female soloists with glorious woodwind accompaniment gave a sublime account of the “Recordare,” one of the quieter more subdued passages of the requiem.”

The Jerusalem Post, Irving Spitz, 14 July 2019

“Outstanding is Mary Elizabeth Williams’s Amelia, a morose, somewhat one-dimensional role with, though, rivetting, difficult, beautiful music over a big range, much exposed in the gallows scene here by placing her a good deal downstage with her back to the horrors. She never puts a foot wrong; this is wonderful Verdi singing.”

Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk, 11 February 2019

Bellini Norma (title, Adalgisa)
Catalani La Wally (Wally)
Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (title)
Danielpour Margaret Garner (Cilla)
Davis Amistad (The Goddess of the Waters)
Donizetti Maria Stuarda (Elisabetta)
Gershwin Porgy and Bess (Serena, Bess*)
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana (Santuzza)
Massenet Le Cid (Chimène)
Puccini Le Villi (Anna)

Tosca (title)

Suor Angelica (title)

J. Stauss Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde)
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (Marianne)
Verdi Aida (title)
Attilla (Odabella)
Un Ballo In Maschera (Amelia)
La Forza del Destino (Lenora)
Macbeth (Lady Macbeth)
Otello (Desdemona)
Nabucco (Abigaille)
Il trovatore (Leonora)
Beethoven Symphony No.9
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Fauré Requiem
Mahler Rückert-Lieder
Poulenc Gloria
Respighi Il Tramonto
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Verdi Requiem
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder