Making her New York City acting debut this July in Nathan Wright’s “Peninsula” at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Elizabeth Saunders worked internationally as a lyric mezzo-soprano before turning her attention to retraining for musical--and non-musical--theatre. Now living in New York City, she is thrilled and tickled that her first role upon relocating requires no singing whatsoever. Her voice and command as an actress are described by reviewers as “spectacular," "creamy," "sensuous," "powerful," "sweet,” and "perfect". Suitable roles include Diana in Next to Normal, Norma Desmond, Dorothy Brock, Mother in Ragtime, Waitress in Working.
Prior to directing her attentions full time to retraining for the musical theatre, crossover roles performed include the Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide with the Lyric Opera of San Diego, Anna in Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau’s Kurt Weill Fest and at the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Lake George Opera, Meg in Brigadoon with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, as well as Pops concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Unified Jazz Ensemble. Additional roles studied include Charlotte in A Little Night Music and Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.
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