Elizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’. Her many credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco).
She also portrayed ‘Lyubija’ in the European and Canadian tours of Svadba. Her roles range from the baroque (‘Juno’ in Semele), to the romantic (Carmen), modern (‘Augusta Tabor’ in the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe) and new (creating the role of ‘Maria Picariello’ in Filumena).
Concert experience has included the oratorios of Bach, Bruckner, Handel, Mendelssohn, Saint Saens and Vivaldi, the symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler, the songs of Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov, as well as numerous new music compositions.
Upcoming performances include the creation of the role of ‘Elizabeth’ in Opera on the Avalon’s new John Estacio opera, Ours, as well as a reprise of ‘Maria’ in Calgary Opera’s upcoming 2017 remount of Filumena, and the role of ‘Clytemnestra’ for Edmonton Opera’s Elektra.
Ms. Turnbull’s discography includes 3 CDs with Toronto’s Bach Consort, two recordings with the Ukrainian Art Song Project (songs of Lysenko and Stepovyi), as well as a self-produced disc of Irish and Scottish Songs, entitled ‘The Meeting of the Waters’. Many of her Canadian operatic performances have been heard across the country on CBC’s ‘Saturday Afternoon at the Opera’.
Ms. Turnbull is an instructor of voice in addition to being director of Opera Workshop at the University of Alberta’s Department of Music, where she has been teaching for seven years.
|LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT
|Gounod||Gertrude||ROMÉO ET JULIETTE|
|Heggie||Jade Boucher||DEAD MAN WALKING|
|Moore||Augusta||THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE|
|COSÌ FAN TUTTE
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|Poulenc||Old Prioress||DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES|
|Rossini||Berthe||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|Saint-Saëns||Dalila||SAMSON ET DALILA|
|Stravinsky||Baba||THE RAKE’S PROGRESS|
|PIRATES OF PENZANCE
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
“…(her) controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence were a treat throughout.”
Toronto Star – Geoff Chapman
“Husky-toned mezzo Elizabeth Turnbull, Ulrica with her dramatic gestures and sense of theatricality was totally convincing.”
Opera Canada – Earl Love
“The notable turn was Turnbull’s as she navigated from an acid-tinged rendition of Re dell’ abisso affretati from Verdi’s MASKED BALL, to a beguiling Mon coeurs’ ouvre à ta voix from Saint Saëns’ SAMSON ET DALILA, to a bravura turn in Hence Iris, hence away from Handel’s SEMELE. Throughout, she showed off a flexible instrument and emotional purpose.”
The Toronto Star – John Terauds
“Turnbull has an old-fashioned style of singing and it’s utterly charming. Her aria Bereite dich, Zion, mit zertlichen was ardent and expressive, with lovely phrasing. She truly seemed to be enjoying herself.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“Turnbull in particular, was a revelation. Without losing any vocal thrust of presence, she handled the contrasting emotional feel of the Angel and the Queen to great effect.”
The Edmonton Journal – D. T. Baker
“Elizabeth Turnbull, as Duchess Federica had all the plush tone and drive for Verdi singing.”
The Globe and Mail – Urjo Kareda
“Elizabeth Turnbull, with rich, lustrous voice, used stylishly.”
The Edmonton Sun – John Charles
“Striding about with her mop of black curls, long nails and high-heeled mules, Elizabeth Turnbull’s Juno was a women who had smashed through her share of glass ceilings. Venting her anger, vowing revenge, her ample mezzo hurtled from frantic heights to ominous depths.”
Chicago Sun Times – Wynne Delacoma
14th ANNIVERSARY OF FILUMENA
Filumena, which will run Feb. 4, 8 and 10, will be relaunched in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Since its world première in 2003, Filumena has become the most-produced grand Canadian opera. In 2003, Gregory Dahl was the first performer to sing Carlo, he returns as the protagonist Emilio. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull will return to the role of his wife, Maria.