English soprano Elizabeth Karani is a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio, London. Prior to that she trained on the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course under Susan McCulloch and under Susan Roper at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her awards include the Elizabeth Harwood Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award, the Elsie Thurston Prize, the Harold Rosenthal Prize and a Kathleen Ferrier Young Singer’s Award. She was a 2015 Les Azuriales Young Artist, a 2016 Joaninha Award Finalist and a 2017 ROSL semi-finalist.

While at the National Opera Studio, Elizabeth took part in residencies at Opera North, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. Recent operatic performances include a series of one-act operas for The Opera Box, London, including Madame Silberklang (Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor), Serpina (Pergolesi’s La serva padrona) and Lucy (Menotti’s The Telephone). Other operatic roles include Musetta La bohème (Opera Holland Park, Christine Collins Young Artist); Jano Jenufa (Longborough Festival Opera); Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Festival Azuriales, London); Jay The Cunning Little Vixen, Director Greenland (GSMD/ROH2/Budapest); Resi Intermezzo, Angel Jephtha (Buxton Opera); Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia (Diva Opera); Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aldeburgh); Tartagliona The Little Green Swallow, Soprano Actor A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera); Micaela Carmen (MJ:UK Music & Arts) and Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica (Teatro Verdi, Montecatini). In autumn 2017, she  made her role debut as Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Mid Wales Opera, and will sing Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Diva Opera in 2018.   

As a keen recitalist, Elizabeth is a Park Lane Group Young Artist and has recently been awarded a place on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme alongside duo partner, Edmund Whitehead. Elizabeth and Edmund recently made their St John’s Smith Square and Westminster Abbey recital debuts, performing entirely contemporary repertoire, for PLG. They will make their Wigmore Hall recital debut in Spring 2018.

Elizabeth’s concert schedule includes oratorio performances at venues across the UK and Europe. Among the highlights are Handel’s Solomon at the Musique Cordiale International Festival, Provence; Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the London Mozart Players; Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and an opera gala in the Bridgewater Hall for Classic FM in which she sang alongside Sir Willard White. She recently sang the role of Cino in Vivaldi’s Teuzzone, and other Vivaldi solos, with La Serenissima in Venice.

Elizabeth studies have been generously supported by the Elizabeth Harwood Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Lisa Newick, Christopher Ball, the Kathleen Trust, the Fidelio Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust, the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders and the Worshipful Company of Weavers.