Rosalind Elias

Rosalind Elias

American opera singer, mezzo-soprano
Date of Birth: 13.03.1929
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Rosalind Elias
  2. Metropolitan Opera Career
  3. International Performances
  4. Discography and Concert Career
  5. Later Career
  6. Personal Life

Biography of Rosalind Elias

Rosalind Elias, an American operatic mezzo-soprano, is a singer with a rich voice and delicate musicality who has had a long and distinguished career at the Metropolitan Opera. She was born on March 13, 1929, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and became the thirteenth and youngest child in a Lebanese-American family. Elias studied at the New England Conservatory and performed at the New England Opera from 1948 to 1952. She then traveled to Italy to complete her education and studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of Luigi Ricci and Nazzareno De Angelis.

Rosalind Elias

Metropolitan Opera Career

Elias made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on February 23, 1954, in the role of Grimgerde in Wagner's "Die Walküre." In total, she performed on the Metropolitan Opera stage over 450 times in 45 roles, including Bersi in "Andrea Chénier," the title role in "Carmen," Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," Laura in "La Gioconda," Suzuki in "Madama Butterfly," Siebel in "Faust," Nancy in "Martha," Cherubino and Marcellina in "Le nozze di Figaro," Dorabella in "Così fan tutte," Octavian in "Der Rosenkavalier," Olga in "Eugene Onegin," and many others.

Rosalind Elias

International Performances

Elias also performed on the international opera scene. Some of her notable international performances include "La Cenerentola" at the Scottish Opera in 1970, "Carmen" at the Vienna State Opera in 1972, and Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1975.

Discography and Concert Career

Elias has an extensive discography, including recordings of her performances as Cherubino in "Le nozze di Figaro" conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, which won a Grammy in 1959; Preziosilla in "La forza del destino," Laura in "La Gioconda," Suzuki twice, in 1957 with Anna Moffo and in 1962 with Leontyne Price; Azucena, Maddalena in "Rigoletto," and Meg Page in "Falstaff," both conducted by Georg Solti in 1963; and Judith in Béla Bartók's "A kékszakállú herceg vára."

In addition to her operatic career, Elias has also performed as a concert artist, singing mezzo and contralto roles, including in Berlioz's "Roméo et Juliette" and Verdi's "Requiem."

Later Career

In the later years of her career, Elias retained her rich, vibrant voice and played the role of Old Baroness in "Vanessa," first at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and then at the Los Angeles Opera in 2004 and the New York City Opera in 2007.

Elias continued to showcase her talents beyond the opera stage. She portrayed Heidi Schiller in the revival of the musical "Follies" by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from May to June 2011. Her Broadway debut in the musical ran from August 2011 to January 22, 2012.

Personal Life

In 1969, Rosalind Elias married Zyhayr Moghrabi, an American lawyer of Lebanese origin.