Elisabeth Stevens, soprano
In the US and abroad, soprano Elisabeth Stevens is hailed for her elegant artistry, majestic presence, and powerful voice. Her operatic repertoire spans the dramatic heroines of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss, as well as the verismo genre, including the title roles in Aida, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Turandot. She has appeared on world stages in Italy, France, China, Austria, and across the US, including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Teatro Verdi di Sassari, and the Metropolitan Opera. In concert, Ms. Stevens has performed Brahms’ Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and many other traditional works, and has also premiered new works by modern composers such as Jay Fluellen, Jeffrey Mumford, and Evan Solot. Her performances have been featured in Philadelphia on CBS News, NBC10, and New York’s WQXR.
Ms. Stevens is the recipient of an extensive list of prizes from national and international competitions including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Concorso Internazionale Riccardo Zandonai, Concorso Lirico Internazionale Iris Adami Corradetti, and China International Voice Competition. In addition to opera and classical singing, Lis, as she is affectionately known by colleagues and friends, is currently self-producing a crossover album under the name Lisa Stefani. The album features a collection of original songs written by Ms. Stevens herself with instrumental arrangements by pianist Michael King.
Off stage, Ms. Stevens is dedicated to teaching and educating singers and others about vocal technique, the business of singing, and financial freedom. She was a member of the faculty at Lincoln University, and has given master classes at Penn State University, Queens College, and many other institutions. During the summer, Ms. Stevens is in residence in Italy at the International Lyric Academy teaching voice lessons and master classes to aspiring young artists. Her New York-based voice studio, Studio LIS includes a series of empowering workshops for artists of all levels. Topics include Financial Freedom, Entrepreneurism, Work Life Balance, Travel Tips, and a host of other themes important to those living the life of a professional artist. Ms. Stevens believes that if singers Learn the technical, artistic and practical elements of our craft and our business, and trust our Intuition, we are bound to Succeed. Hence, Studio LIS seeks to empower artists to artistic and financial freedom.