Elizabeth Karani


Elizabeth Karani began her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and where she won the Elizabeth Harwood prize, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Elsie Thurston Award, before postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Susan McCulloch.  She is a former Park Lane Young Artist and an alumna of the National Opera Studio.

Elizabeth’s many operatic projects include her Royal Opera House debut as Nanna/Embla in the premiere of The Monstrous Child, Amy in the British premiere of Mark Adamo's Little Women and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro (both for Opera Holland Park) and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for her English National Opera and Regent’s Park debuts. Her other eclectic roles include Isabella L'Inganno Felice for West Green House Opera,  Rutilia Lucio Papirio Dittatore with the Buxton International Festival and La Serenissima, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus and Berta Il barbiere de Siviglia for Diva Opera, Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Mid Wales Opera, Cino in Vivaldi’s Teuzzone for La Serenissima.

Other roles include Jano Jenufa for Longborough Festival Opera, Jay The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera, Tartaglione in Dove’s The Little Green Swallow, Angel Jephtha (with Harry Christophers), plus Female Chorus The Rape of LucretiaEleanora Le Donne Curiose, Atalanta Xerses, Armande in Martinu’s Alexandre Bis, Frasquita CarmenOrestes La Belle Hélène, La Chauve-Souris L’enfant et les sortilèges, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Micaëla Carmen and Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica.

Highlights on the concert platform include Mozart Requiem with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Hannigan, Handel Solomon for the Musique Cordiale International Festival, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate with the London Mozart Players, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gregson’s The Dance, Forever the Dance at the Bridgewater Hall.

Last season, she made a much-praised debut for English Touring Opera as Gismonda Ottone and her summer saw a return to Opera Holland Park for an acclaimed Musetta La bohème.

Her 2023/4 season began with a return to English Touring Opera as Drusilla L'incoronazione di Poppea, and her future plans include Galatea Acis & Galatea for Opera Holland Park in summer 2024.

La soprano anglaise Elizabeth Karani a terminé son cursus d’une année au National Opera Studio au Royaume-Uni en 2017. Elle avait auparavant achevé ses études au Royal Northern College of Music à Manchester, où elle s’est formée durant cinq années auprès de Susan Roper, et à la Guildhall à Londres avec Susan McCulloch.

Parmi ses récents engagements, ses débuts à l’English National Opera avec Gretel Hänsel & Gretel, à Coven Garden pour Nanna/Embla lors de la création de The Monstrous Child, au West Green House Opera dans Isabella L’inganno felice, puis est revenue à Buxton pour Rutilia Lucio Papirio dittatore.

Parmi ses nombreux autres rôles, Rosalinde La Chauve-Souris pour Diva Opera au Royaume-Uni et en France, Tatiana Eugène Oneguine pour le Mid Wales Opera, Cino Teuzzone de Vivaldi pour La Serenissima (à Venise), Musetta La bohème pour Opera Holland Park à Londres, Jay La Petite Renarde Rusée pour le Garsington Opera et l’Ange Jephtha de Haendel (dirigé par Harry Christophers) ; le rôle-titre La Jeune Fille dans la Tour de Sibelius et Resi Intermezzo, tous deux pour le festival de Buxton.

En concert, elle a notamment chanté l’Exsultate Jubilate de Mozart avec les London Mozart Players, la Deuxième Symphonie de Mahler avec le Sheffield Symphony Orchestra et The Dance, Forever the Dance d’ Edward Gregson au Bridgewater Hall à Manchester. Et dernièrement, le Requiem de Mozart avec le Philharmonique de Munich, sous la direction de Barbara Hannigan.

Plus récemment, elle a remporté un grand succès à Holland Park à Londres avec le rôle d’Amy pour la création britannique de Little Women de Mark Adamo ainsi que pour Suzanne Les Noces de Figaro (aussi à Holland Park), et débuté à l’English National Opera avec Gretel Hänsel und Gretel et à l’English Touring Opera dans Gismonda Ottone (Haendel). Elle est retournée cet été à Holland Park pour Musetta La bohème ainsi que, tout récemment, à l’English Touring Opera pour Drusilla Le Couronnement de Poppée.

Review | Evening Standard | L’incoronazione di Poppea | English Touring Opera | 2023

“the most impressive performance from the Drusilla of Elizabeth Karani, silky-toned but with an edge of steel as she plots the murder of her rival…”

Review | The Stage | La bohème | Opera Holland Park | 2023

Elizabeth Karani gives an outstanding realisation of Musetta.”

Review | The Guardian | La bohème | Opera Holland Park | 2023

Karani makes a glamorous, wonderfully self-assured Musetta.”

Review | Opera Today | La bohème | Opera Holland Park | 2023

Elizabeth Karani‘s vibrant Musetta…Quando me’n vo’ was superb…a singer really able to hold the stage”

Review | Opera Today | Ottone | English Touring Opera | autumn 2022

“As the ruthless, conniving Gismonda, Elizabeth Karani was absolutely engaging from the first, leaving us in no doubt of her treacherousness and fire.  But, while one might recoil at such deviousness, Karani used her beautifully limpid tone to bring about a volte face in the listener’s response to Gismonda, through her wonderful rendition of the serene aria in which the distraught mother professes her love for her imprisoned son.”

Review | Planet Hugill | Ottone | English Touring Opera | 2022

Elizabeth Karani was mesmerising, great beauty of tone softening the edge of the character, but with Karani still keeping Gismonda’s wonderful killer instincts.”

Review | Musical America | Little Women | Opera Holland Park | 2022

Karani‘s Amy is delightfully petulant and endearingly vulnerably, and her fiery, yet silken soprano possesses an easily accessed upper register and bags of personality”

Review | The Sunday Times | Le nozze di Figaro | Opera Holland Park | 2021

Elizabeth Karani…establishes her star potential with a vividly acted, brightly sung performance crowned by an exquisitely phrased, tastefully decorated Act IV aria…”

What the critics say

“Elizabeth Karani was mesmerising, great beauty of tone softening the edge of the character, but with Karani still keeping Gismonda’s wonderful killer instincts.”

Planet Hugill | Ottone | English Touring Opera | 2022

“Elizabeth Karani…establishes her star potential with a vividly acted, brightly sung performance crowned by an exquisitely phrased, tastefully decorated Act IV aria…”

The Sunday Times | Le nozze di Figaro / Susanna | Opera Holland Park | 2021