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Elizabeth de Trejo

Calendar of Events

Distiguished Guest Artist
PyeongChang Music Festival, Myung-Wha Chung & Kyung-Wha Chung, Artistic Directors

PyeongChang, South Korea

July 2017

Carmina Burana
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical Director

New Orleans, La

May 2018

Event Archives

Carmina Burana
National Chorale

Avery Fisher Hall/David Geffen Hall

November 20, 2015

Guest Artist, Mozart and Handel Concert
Savannah Music Festival

April 2016

Distinguished Guest Artist, Bellini and Beethoven Concert
Great Mountains Music Festival

South Korea

Mahler 2nd Symphony, Soprano Soloist
Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Allentown, PA

April 2017

Mozart Requiem, Soloist
The National Chorale

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

April 2017



Soprano Elizabeth De Trejo has been praised an artist who "has it all
- a shimmering coloratura of great agility and intriguing color as
well as superb acting ability" (The Toledo Blade).  An artist with a
rare affinity for the demanding primo ottocento (bel canto) style, she
has been justly acclaimed for her performances of the title roles of
Bellini's NORMA and Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR.  In the summer of
2016, she will perform a recital of bel canto repertoire with Maestro
Eve Queler, founder and emerita Artistic Director of the Opera
Orchestra of New York (OONY).  She will also make her Asian debut with
concert performances at Korea's Great Mountains Music Festival,
presenting a program of Bellini arias and premiering a new work by
composer Christopher Berg for soprano, cello, and piano.  And coming in the 2016-17 season, Ms. De Trejo has been invited back to Lincoln Center to perform as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale in David Geffen Hall and will sing the Mahler 2 with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
Her 2015-2016 season includes a return to Lincoln Center as the
Soprano Soloist in CARMINA BURANA at Avery Fisher Hall and a reprise
of the role of Donna Elvira DON GIOVANNI with the Savannah Music
Festival.  Recent seasons have witnessed her performances as
Fiordiligi COSÌ FAN TUTTE (North Carolina Opera), Norma NORMA (St.
Petersburg Opera, Florida), Lucia LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Opera Tampa),
Violetta LA TRAVIATA (Opera Tampa and Miami), Adina L'ELISIR D'AMORE
(Dayton Opera), Marguerite FAUST (Opera Tampa), Juliette ROMÉO ET
JULIETTE, Poppea L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Cleopatra GIULIO CESARE,  and both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira DON GIOVANNI.
Ms. De Trejo made her Metropolitan Opera debut in LULU during the
2009-2010 season.  Her international operatic credits include include
performances in Milano as Adele DIE FLEDERMAUS and Die Freundin DER
FRÜHLING (Lehar), and a live recording of with the Orchestra Verdi in
the title role of Mascagni's IL SI, performances as Despina COSÌ FAN
TUTTE, Musetta LA BOHÈME, and Clarice IL MONDO DELLA LUNA (Haydn) in
Basel, Switzerland, and Die Königin die Nacht in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE FÜR
KINDER with the Opernhaus Zürich.  Ms. de Trejo had the privilege of
working closely with Anton Coppola on his epic opera SACCO AND
VANZETTI, and the composer wrote a new aria for her character of
A consummate recitalist and concert performer, Ms. De Trejo has given
numerous concert of recital, oratorio, and symphonic repertoire in
Europe and the United States.  She has worked with notable conductors
and has appeared as guest soloist with many orchestras in such works
as Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven's Mass in C, Bach's Mass in B
minor, and the Brahms, Fauré and Mozart Requiems, to name a few.  She
has frequently performed at Carnegie Hall, debuting as a soloist under
the baton of composer John Rutter, returning as Soprano Soloist in
John Rutter's Requiem and again as the Soprano Soloist in CARMINA
Ms. De Trejo has received numerous awards from prominent vocal
competitions, including the Gerda Lissner Opera Competition in New
York, the MacAllister Opera Competition, the Metropolitan Opera
National Council Auditions, the Jenny Lind Soprano Competition, the
Rosa Ponselle Competition, the Giulio Gari Foundation Opera
Competition and the Liederkranz Competition.  She  is also a recipient
of a career grant from Career Bridges Foundation and the Sergio
Franchi Foundation and was honored to be recommended for the Richard
Tucker Career Grant Awards.
Ms. De Trejo received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Loyola
University and her Master of Music from Yale University.  After her
studies, Ms. De Trejo was invited to join the prestigious
International Opera Studio of the Opernhaus Zürich, and can be seen on
the EMI Classics DVD of DER ROSENKAVALIER with Vasselina Kasarova,
Nina Stemme, and Alfred Muff under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst
and Sven Erich Bechtolf live from Opernhaus Zürich.


Opera careers are unpredictable, but I think that some years from now, there will be a good chance that people who attended Opera Tampa's staging of Lucia di Lammermoor this weekend are going to be able to brag that they were there when Elizabeth de Trejo made her debut in the title role. De Trejo (the married name of the soprano formerly known as Rachel Watkins) was excellent as the prima donna in previous productions here of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and Faust. But she seems to have grown in dramatic presence in performing the flamboyant coloratura passagework of the woman who kills her husband on their wedding night. Lucia contains a number of scenes topped off by the soaring high notes that opera fans thrill to. On Friday, de Trejo delivered with accuracy and flair the high D in Lucia's Act 2 duet with her brother Enrico (baritone Michael Corvino) and the high E flat in her mad scene.

St. Petersburg Times, John Fleming

It was easy to see why Nemorino and Belcore were smitten with Rachel Watkins's, (Elizabeth De Trejo), Adina. A sprite of a young lady, Watkins sparkled as much as Donizetti's music, offering a lovable characterization with a warmly glowing voice to match.

Opera News Online, Charles H. Parsons

As the ill-fated Gilda, soprano Elizabeth De Trejo,(Rachel Watkins), has it all - a shimmering coloratura of great of great agility and intriguing color as well as superb acting ability. De Trejo, another newcomer to the local stage, was a standout in every way, yet her performance was balanced and thoroughly integrated.

The Toledo Blade, Sally Volongo

De Trejo, also debuting in her role, looked ideal as a chaste girl. She brought an unforced, almost conversational style of singing to Marguerite's complex three-part aria in the garden scene that was the highlight of the evening. Her voice fit beautifully into the layered textures of Gounod's orchestration.

St. Petersburg Times, John Fleming


Roles In Progress

  • Isabelle, Robert le diable - Meyerbeer
  • Anna Bolena, Anna Bolena - Donizetti

  • Operatic Repertoire

  • Norma, Norma - Bellini
  • Violetta, La Traviata - Verdi
  • Gilda, Rigoletto - Verdi
  • Poppea, L'Incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi
  • Cleopatra, Guilio Cesare - Handel
  • Clarice, Il Mondo della Luna - Haydn
  • 15 Year-Old Girl, Lulu - Berg
  • Donna Anna, Don Giovanni - Mozart
  • Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni - Mozart
  • Fiordiligi, Cosi fan tutte - Mozart
  • Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart
  • Juliette, Romeo et Juliette - Gounod
  • Marguerite, Faust - Gounod
  • Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti
  • Adina, L'Elisir D'Amore - Donizetti
  • Fulvia, La Pietra del Paragone - Rossini
  • Si, Il Si - Mascagni
  • Rosina, Sacco and Vanzetti - Coppola
  • Musetta, La Boheme - Puccini
  • Concert Repertoire

  • Carmina Burana - Orff
  • Symphony #4 - Mahler
  • Mass in B Minor - Bach
  • Mass in C - Beethoven
  • Requiem - Faure
  • Requiem - Rutter
  • Requiem - Brahms
  • Requiem - Mozart
  • Mass in C Minor - Mozart
  • Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
  • The Messiah - Handel
  • The Creation - Haydn
  • Mass for the Children - Rutter
  • Der Hirt auf dem Felsen - Schubert
  • Contact


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