Elizabeth Donovan was the 2002 Welsh Singer of the Year and represented Wales at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2003. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music she completed her studies at the National Opera Studio in London.
Winning several awards whilst at college, Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Maidment Scholarship from Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, a Miriam Licete Award, a Sybill Tutton Award, The Countess of Munster Award and was a Sir Peter Moores Foundation Scholar. She was a prize winner at the 2006 Concours International de Chant de Toulouse and the 2007 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.
A former Welsh National Opera Associate Artist, roles for the company included Blumenmädchen Parsifal, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro and Zerlina Don Giovanni. She understudied roles including Micaëla Carmen, Valencienne The Merry Widow and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro.
Other roles include Héro Béatrice et Bénédict, Marzelline Fidelio, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Welsh National Opera); several roles in the world premiere of Under Milk Wood: an opera, written by John Metcalf; Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Ortlinde Die Walküre (Longborough Festival Opera); Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Norina Don Pasquale (Diva Opera); Konstanza The Seraglio (English Touring Opera); and Clorinda La Cenerentola (Scottish Opera). She has also understudied the title role in Jenůfa, in Czech for Scottish Opera, and in English for Opera North.
Concert highlights have included Oriana Amadigi di Gaula (Edinburgh Festival with the Royal Northern Sinfonia); her BBC Proms debut singing Brigitta Iolanta (Welsh National Opera); Mozart Requiem (Welsh Proms, St. David’s Hall); Britten Spring Symphony (Chester Festival with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra); Leila Les pêcheurs des perles (Chelsea Opera Group); Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart C Minor Mass and Haydn Nelson Mass (all at the Fishguard International Festival); Beethoven Folksong Arrangements (in Seville); and a WNO Royal Gala at Buckingham Palace.
Elizabeth has given recitals at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, broadcast live by Radio France, and at the Fishguard International Festival and National Museum of Wales, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Recordings include Songs of the Cotten Grass by Hilary Tann (Deux-Elles); Sine Nomine Herbert Howells (Classico) and at the London Welsh Festival of Male Voices at the Royal Albert Hall (on DVD for SAIN).
Countess Almaviva / Le nozze di Figaro / Les Azuriales Opera / 2015
“At the centre of Menzies’s highly enjoyable and witty production was the dignified Elizabeth Donovan who, as the Countess sang gloriously with appropriately aristocratic poise.”
Under Milk Wood: an opera / Taliesin Arts Centre / 2014
“…any misgivings are countered by the stylish singing, with baritone Paul Carey Jones and soprano Elizabeth Donovan’s sympathetic characterisations standing out.”
Donna Anna / Don Giovanni / Longborough Festival Opera / 2010
“Elizabeth Donovan’s warmly accomplished Donna Anna found the soprano reasserting the considerable gifts she showed early in her career, evidenced here in a natural Mozartian expressivity and an instrumental suppleness.”