American soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams’ Season 2018-19 begins at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. At Opéra Dijon she revives the role of Abigaille Nabucco, a role that previously brought her great success, before returning to Welsh National Opera in the role of Amelia Un ballo in maschera in a new production. Concerts this season include performances with Orchestre Lamoureux in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, at Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne an Opera Gala Concert and with Thüringer Symphoniker works by Berlioz and Duparc.
Last season she made her debut as Desdemona Otello with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She traveled to Germany to sing the role of Elisabetta Maria Stuarda at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and joined Welsh National Opera to appear as Leonora La Forza del Destino and in the title role Tosca with performances across the UK. In her debut at Opera de Lille, the artist revisited her signature roles—Abigaille–and she returned to the US to Seattle Opera to revive performances as Serena in their production of Porgy and Bess, a role she recently sang at La Scala, Milan.
Originally from Philadelphia, Miss Williams is a graduate of Iowa’s Luther College, where she sang her first operatic role, the title role Suor Angelica. Beginning a long and successful career at Seattle Opera beginning in their young artist programme, Mary Elizabeth appeared on Seattle’s mainstage in the role of Donna Elvira Don Giovanni; later, her 2011-12 performances of Serena won her the coveted Artist of the Year title, determined by Seattle’s knowledgeable audience, and return invitations brought her back to Seattle Opera for roles such as Elisabetta, Leonora and Tosca.
Moving to Paris in 2002-2004, the artist became a member of the Centre de Formation Lyrique at the Opera National de Paris, where she won the Lyric Artist prize given every year by the Bastille’s Cercle Carpeaux.
Winning first prize at the Concours Clermont-Ferrand assured further French engagements, and she appeared as Lucy The Telephone, Susanna Il Segreto di Susanna, Anna Le Villi, and in the title role Aida at Opera en Plein Air in Paris, a role she later sang at Arizona Opera, Atlanta Opera and at Teatro Massimo Palermo.
Mary Elizabeth’s extended repertoire includes the title roles La Wally, Aida, Norma, Adriana Lecouvreur, as well as Leonora Il Trovatore, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana, Chimene Le Cid, Odabella Attila, Amelia Un Ballo in Maschera, Cilla Margaret Garner among other roles which she sings in significant European and American opera theaters. She has an active concert career and sings much of the standard vocal symphonic repertoire.
Future engagements include Abigaille at Opera de Dijon; she returns to Welsh National Opera for another principal role, as well as making a Metropolitan Opera debut.