Young American soprano ELIZABETH KEUSCH is rapidly emerging as an artist to watch. Already firmly established in the new music community, her musical and communication gifts have been acknowledged by the press in recent reviews of her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in the American premiere of Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos, and her performance of the Boston premiere of Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga.
Performances of Academy-Award winning composer Tan Dun's Water Passion for St. Matthew have taken her to the Europaische Musikfest 2000 in Stuttgart (televised live) for the world premiere and to the Barbican Centre in London, to the Sautille Center in Tokyo, to both the BAM Next Wave Festival and the River to River Festival in New York, and to the Oregon Bach Festival for additional performances of the work. In the 2005/2006 season she travels with the Water Passion for several performances slated for The Netherlands and Belgium.
Her collaboration with Helmuth Rilling has included successive engagements at the Oregon Bach Festival, where she performed Wolfgang Rihm's Deus Passus, as well as the Mozart C-minor Mass, the Bach Magnificat, and Cantata No. 112. The soprano was re-engaged for Summer 2004 performances of the Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn's Elijah, also with Rilling. In Spring 2005, she performed Elijah with Maestro Rilling in her Seattle Symphony debut.
The soprano performed James MacMillan's Parthenogenesis and Judith Weir's Thread in her first appearance on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series, in February 2003. She appeared again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in January 2005, performing Berio's Laborintus II.
As a recent graduate of New England Conservatory, Elizabeth Keusch has appeared with virtually every musical organization in the Boston area, including Musica Viva, with which she has performed Kurtag's Scenes from a Novel. She is also in demand for opera productions worldwide.
Elizabeth Keusch holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, a Master's of Music Degree, and an Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory. While at New England Conservatory she was named the 2001 Presidential Scholar for the Conservatory. The soprano was a Tanglewood Fellow in summers 1997 and 1999.
Elizabeth Keusch resides in Boston.