Soprano Elizabeth Zito is a versatile and promising young singer, equally at home in classical and modern musical genres, dedicated to and tirelessly pursuing a life-long dream of a career in opera.
This June, Elizabeth was invited to join the 2014 Miami Summer Music Festival to sing audience-favorite Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, under the baton of Maestro Grzegorz Nowak (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Orchestra).
Immediately following the festival, she set out for Graz, Austria, to participate in the prestigious AIMS in Graz Opera Studio, one of Europe's premiere vocal training programs. Over the course of six weeks, Elizabeth will receive intensive technical education and German language immersion, attaining crucial performance experience and developing skills necessary to succeed in the European audition system.
Most recently, Elizabeth opened 2014 with the role debut of Gilda in Rigoletto with Center Stage Opera (Harrisburg, PA), and was a soloist with the Simone-Rachmaninoff Project for a Washington, DC -based performance of the composer’s Op. 21 Russian song cycle. In 2013, she sang the titular role in CSO’s production of Massenet’s stunning Manon, and appeared in the chorus of Baltimore-based Young Victorian Opera Theatre's HMS Pinafore. Her operatic performances include Gilda (Rigoletto), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Manon (Manon), Susanna (Le nozze de Figaro), Papagena and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Amor (La coronazione di Poppea). In 2015, Elizabeth will appear as a soloist with the York Symphony Orchestra and will return to Center Stage Opera to sing Zerlina in their spring production of Don Giovanni.
Elizabeth graduated from American University, where she placed 1st in the AU Symphony Orchestra’s Aria and Concerto Competition her sophomore year. A seasoned performer, she also placed 1st in the York Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition in 2012 and made her Capitol Hill debut in Washington D.C. in 2011, at a Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony for veterans and members of the USAF. Other concert performances include Haydn’s Dixit Dominus, Fauré’s Requiem, Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, Handel’s Samson, and master-classes with Metropolitan Opera's Elizabeth Bishop and Washington National Opera's Ken Weiss. She currently resides and teaches voice and piano in Washington D.C, performing actively in the DC/Baltimore region.