Since moving to the Netherlands in 2016, award winning soprano Elisabeth Hetherington has quickly established herself as an up and coming performer and interpreter of early, as well as contemporary and modern repertoire throughout Europe. Elisabeth has been praised for her … fearless and powerful personality. Flawless technology and breathtaking presentation. (NRC, 2020) beautiful and intimate settings of Monteverdi (Het Parool, 2019), …singing of the folk song-like lines with an admirable dose of magnetism (de Volkskraant 2019) and the ...delicate singing and presentation of airs de cour et parodies spirituelles (El País, 2017).  Managing to effortlessly bridge the gap between early and contemporary music, Elisabeth has premiered, and recorded numerous works throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Estonia. Her versatility being her strong suit, she is acknowledged for her ability to combine old and new music Pianist Paolo Gorini set another Dickinson poem to music: It’s like … in the Monteverdian vocal decorations you can hear the versatility of Hetherington (de Volkskrant, 2019).

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 on top of 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.  In addition to concert work and research, Elisabeth is passionate about the inclusion of multidisciplinary performance, and has enjoyed performing opera as well as developing a Solas with modern dance company Leineroebana: Hetherington, in particular, demonstrates how well movement and singing go together in her (Theaterkrant, 2019). 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. In addition to the Netherlands, they enjoy regular invitations to perform in Belgium, The United States, Canada, Italy and Norway.

After taking part in the year long competition and tour, Elisabeth was awarded the prize of the Dutch Classical Talent award 2020.  In addition, she was selected as an artist in residence for the Dutch Broadcasting agency Avrotros as a part of their AVROTROS Klassiek Presenteert with whom she recorded her debut solo album.

Elisabeth Hetherington (Toronto, 1992), completed her Undergraduate Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, and is now a cum laude graduate from the Masters of Historical Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with whom she regularly works as a guest lecturer.


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