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Elizabeth Menezes

soprano

was born in Barnsley, studied Classics and French at St Johnís College, Oxford, and went on to study singing at Trinity College of Music.

On leaving college she joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company, touring Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada and all over the UK and Ireland, and playing the roles of Phyllis Iolanthe, Casilda The Gondoliers, Josephine HMS Pinafore, and all three little maids in The Mikado! She has also played leading roles for Grimís Dyke Opera Company, Bridge Theatre Company, London Operetta and Charles Court Opera. Roles performed include Musetta La Boheme and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Minotaur Music Theatre, Mme Herz Der Schauspieldirektor for Charles Court Opera and Pamina Magic Flute for English Pocket Opera.

She performs concerts with Fiveís Company, 2.5 Sopranos, Opera Wow! and The Great Big Gilbert & Sullivan Show, as well as freelancing singing oratorio.

As a violinist she is a member of the Aspidistra Palm Court Orchestra and leader of The Devonshire Players. She also participates in music education work for the Da Capo Foundation and for English Pocket Opera.

Recent engagements include singing the role of Fiordiligi in Charles Court Operaís production of Cosi fan Tutte.

reviews include:

... the young and credible cast was what made the show [La Boheme] really special. Robert Amonís Rodolfo was believably ardent in pursuit of Lisa Crosatoís beautiful and pearly-voiced Mimi.  Nicholas Lesterís excellently-sung Marcello and Elizabeth Menezesís hilarious Musetta were also well-matched.

Ruth Elleson - Opera Japonica
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The principals were a largely secure team and some... seemed tailor-made for operetta - notably Debra Myers (Gianetta) and Elizabeth Menezes (Casilda)...

Paul D Harrison - Yorkshire Post
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