Award winning soprano, Elisabeth Hetherington (Toronto, 1992), completed her Undergraduate Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, and is now a cum laudegraduate from the Masters of Historical Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Praised for her “beautiful and intimate settings of Monteverdi” (Het Parool, 2017) and the “…delicate singing and presentation of airs de cour et parodies spirituelles” (El Pais, 2017), since moving to the Netherlands in 2015, Elisabeth has quickly established herself as an up and coming performer and interpreter of early, as well as contemporary and modern repertoire throughout Europe.
Managing to effortlessly bridge the gap between early and contemporary music, Elisabeth has premiered numerous works throughout the Netherlands, Norway and Estonia, and been featured on the latest CD by Dutch composer Arnold Marinissen performing the work La Pizia e la Marangona.
Elisabeth has received a great deal of attention for her work in the field of Original Pronunciation of Elizabethan English – an area seldom explored. Her research into OP has quickly gained traction and in addition to her busy performing schedule, she has become a sought after clinician on the subject, giving masterclasses in conservatories around the Netherlands, as well as appearing as a lecturer in the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek.
With her ensemble for voice and lute, Duo Serenissima, Elisabeth and Dutch lutenist David Mackor have had the opportunity to perform in many important festivals around the world, such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Ravenna Festival and in addition to the Netherlands, enjoy a busy performance schedule in The United States, Canada, Italy and Norway.
Elisabeth has recently been chosen as one of the recipients of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2019/2020 and is looking forward to a tour through the major concert halls of the Netherlands. In addition, she has been selected to be an artist in residence for the Dutch Broadcasting agency Avrotrosas a part of their AVROTROS Klassiek Presenteert with whom she will be recording her first solo album this winter. Elisabeth is greatly looking forward to a season filled with opera, premieres, lectures and masterclasses and some of the highlights include King Lear with Holland Opera, touring Bach ontmoet Soefiwith the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, as well as engagements in Estonia, Italy and the United States.