Elizabeth Weigle

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elizabeth-weigleA native of Harrisburg, PA, soprano Elizabeth Weigle received critical acclaim for her “fine-spun performance” of Handel’s Messiah with her “exquisite control of volume, pitch and line and her easy adornments” (American Bach Soloists, San Jose Mercury News).

For her recently released recording of Lucas Foss’ The Prairie, Opera News writes: “Of the soloists, soprano Elizabeth Weigle is the standout. Her rendition of O Prairie Girl, a plaintive lament for a young woman abandoned by her lover, is very affecting.”

An enthusiastic advocate for music of her own time, Elizabeth frequently premieres works written for her. Recent/upcoming world premieres include:


  • Les Fenêtres by Andrea Clearfield with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Singing Cit
  • Prix de Rome winner Theofanidis’ Now is the Time that Hope Has Come at the Juilliard Theater
  • Lucas Foss’ The Prairie with Providence Singers (recorded on BMOP Sound)
  • Shende’s Three Longfellow Poems with Portland Symphony
  • Shende’s Sonetos de Amorwith guitarist Daniel Lippel (New Focus Recordings – “Sustenance”)
  • Morton Feldman’s Rabbi Akkiba, with Slee Sinfonia in Cleveland
  • Multi grammy winner Mike Reid’s Eye of the Blackbird with the Kandinsky Trio at the Kennedy Center
  • Chen’s 66 Times the Voice of Pines and Cedars at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Albany label)

At the request of composer Oliver Knussen, Elizabeth performed his Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh on the Making Music series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall – a work she has also sung at Tanglewood.
With Kristjan Järvi’s Absolute Ensemble, she performed and made a world debut recording of the chamber music version of Mahler’s Symphony Number Four Premiered Charles Coleman’s Nine By Dickinson (written for her) at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.

A frequent collaborator with many of the finest period instrument orchestras throughout the United States, Elizabeth will return to San Francisco this season to sing Handel and Purcell with American Bach Soloists, with whom she has also performed Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 51 Jauchzet Gott, and many other Bach cantatas.

With the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, she sang Handel’s Virtuosic Gloria for soprano and strings and Bach’s Wedding Cantata, BWV 202. In a live Public Radio broadcast, Elizabeth performed and recorded Mozart’s Requiem (Koch label) with Apollo’s Fire on their tenth anniversary celebration at Cleveland’s Severance Hall.

Other early music credits include performances and recordings with New York Collegium, Boston Camerata, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, L’Antica Musica New York, Concert Royale, ARTEK, New York Early Music Celebration and the Rochester Bach, Boston Early Music, and Carmel Bach Festivals.

On the operatic stage, Elizabeth received critical acclaim for her role as Pat Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China (Opera Boston), hailed by The Boston Herald as “a perfect Pat Nixon”. The New York Times also praised her “impressive performance as the Governess” in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Other roles include:

  • Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (Chautauqua Orchestra
  • Despina in Cosi fan Tutte (Chautauqua Opera)
  • world premiere Aethelred the Unready (American Symphony Orchestra, recorded on the Albany label)
  • Singer No. 1 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations (Center for Contemporary Opera, New York City)
  • the Nun in Daniel Schnyder’s Casanova (staged performances with Kristjan Järvi and Absolute Ensemble in New York)
  • Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Virginia Opera).

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she was the youngest student of the late Jan DeGaetani, Ms. Weigle received her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music with continued studies at The Juilliard School. The recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Award for Outstanding Vocal Performances from the Manhattan School of Music, she was also awarded Fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, AGMA Apprenticeships at both Chautauqua Opera (NY) and Virginia Opera, and a Fellowship to the Carmel Bach Festival. She has recorded for the Nonesuch, Erato, Koch, Albany, New Focus Recordings, and BMOP Sound labels. Elizabeth teaches voice at St. Joseph’s University and at her Philadelphia studio.