“Young soprano Elizabeth Gentner…has a supple, full-bodied voice perhaps better suited for a larger venue, but displayed a confidence and command of comedy unusual in a performer at such an early stage in her career.” ~Kathleen Whalen, Daily Republic Correspondent
Elizabeth F. Gentner
Elizabeth is a professional performer who travels the world performing and studying opera. This coming summer and fall she will be touring with American National Opera Company as an understudy for the title role in their new production of Tosca. Her upcoming engagements include the title role in Susannah, by Carlisle Floyd, Nedda in i Pagliacci, and reprising her role as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. A passionate performer and actress, Elizabeth has made an impression on audiences across the globe performing in operas, concerts, recitals, conventions and events in a multitude of venues. Recently she performed the Witch in Hansel and Gretel for multiple school performances with ROKCincy. Elizabeth traversed Europe for over three months singing and traveling in conjunction with a Kickstarter project. The Opera Performer’s Guide to a European Audition Tour, Elizabeth’s first book will release this fall detailing her adventures.TheRedDiva.com
Elizabeth made her North Bay Opera premier in as Alice Ford in Falstaff displaying “…a confidence and command of comedy unusual in a performer at such an early stage in her career.” Elizabeth’s previous roles include multiple performances of Violetta in La Traviata, the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Michaela in Bizet’s Carmen. She has also performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as Gilda in Rigoletto, Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario, Leonora in Il Trovatore, and others with Berkeley Opera, Verismo Opera, Capitol Opera and more. She has made appearances as a soloist throughout the Bay Area, including with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and Golden Gate Opera. Her other appearances include the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucy in The Telephone.
Elizabeth pursued her passion for opera studying across the globe over the years with multiple mentors including Sheri Greenawald, the director of the San Francisco Opera Center, Jane Eaglen, internationally renowned soprano, and Robin Rice, professor at Ohio State University. She moved to the Bay Area in 2007 from Boston, Massachusetts where she was the Soprano Soloist at Arlington Street Church for the Mozart Missa Brevis in C (KV 220) or Spatzen Messe, Vivaldi Gloria, the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer as well as many other works. Elizabeth attained a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University in May of 2004. She studied with Dr. Sarah Arneson, the former Chair of Voice Department at Boston University. While studying there, she performed scenes and arias from Susannah, Die Fledermaus, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Don Giovanni among other operas. She also performed in several recitals featuring works by Berg, Berlioz, Mozart, Strauss, and Brahms.
Before moving to Boston, Elizabeth lived in Miami where she was a student at the University of Miami. A three-year veteran of the University of Miami summer program in Salzburg, Elizabeth has performed in many concerts, recitals and master classes in Austria. She also has an extensive background in German language. She has performed in a wide variety of productions ranging from Opera to Music Theater. Her other roles include Fiona from Brigadoon and Princess Winifred from Once Upon a Mattress.
You can keep up with Ms. Gentner’s current performances and events at www.TheRedDiva.com