A woman of Jamaican heritage, sitting in front of a moody, grey background. She wears a soft pink satin gown with a V neck and gathered shoulders, and her hair is in braids, curled into a chignon around her head. She wears drop pearl earrings, and her right shoulder is tilted down towards the camera. Her face tilts slightly to the left, but her gaze is towards the camera. Her expression is sultry, luxurious and empowered.
Photo, Lucy Cartwright

Elizabeth Llewellyn

Elizabeth Llewellyn (pronouns: she/her) is a British soprano of Jamaican heritage. Whilst the mainstay of her work is as an opera singer and a recitalist internationally, she has forged strong links with a new generation of musicians via masterclasses and seminars, notably at the RNCM (where she is a Fellow), Trinity Laban, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Royal Holloway. She has also given premieres of new chamber operas – The Yellow Sofa at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the title role in Alasdair Nicolson’s The Iris Murder with the Hebrides Ensemble, which featured in the 2016 St Magnus International Festival.

During 2020, Elizabeth reimagined Britten’s orchestral song-cycle Our Hunting Fathers, semi-staged for chamber ensemble and multi-media, in response to the impact of the pandemic on the environment. This new arrangement will be premiered in a concert-performance with the Hebrides Ensemble at Snape Maltings with the support of Britten Pears Arts, and it will receive the first performance of its full-version at the 250th Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2022.

In May 2021, Elizabeth will release her debut album of collected songs by the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, which will feature no less than 15 premieres of previously unheard songs. Elizabeth is currently also collaborating with an African opera singer and a team of British creatives to bring to life the story of a freed enslaved woman - The History of Mary Prince - as a chamber opera.

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