Elizabeth Printy - Soprano

“…voluptuous tone, ironclad technique, bold projection and diva presence… one of the most gifted American lyric sopranos.”

                                                                             The Boston Globe   

On every stage of her career, whether it was the first stage - Wolf Trap – or the many that followed: the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, the New York City Opera, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco - Elizabeth Printy brought passionate singing and powerful dramatic performances to her audiences. Her roles demonstrated broad contrast in style and language: Mimi, Micaela, Donna Anna, Tosca, Marfa and Freia. Ms. Printy has sung under the great batons of Levine, Rostropovitch, Fruhbeck DeBurgos, Leppard and Conlon. She made her Metropolitan Opera house debut as Emma in Khovanschina and in Central Park as Mimi in La Boheme. Other highlights of her operatic career include singing the Puccini opera La Rondine for the Live From Lincoln Center TV Series and performing at the Kennedy Center Honors  to laud Beverly Sills, with President and Mrs. Reagan in attendance.

Equally at home with orchestra and choral repertoire, Ms. Printy has performed the great compositions of Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. She lists the Verdi Requiem, Vier Letzte Lieder of Strauss and the Symphony #14 of Shostakovich among her favorites. From the powerful Mahler 8th under Edo De Waart to the inspirational music of the Beethoven 9th Symphony under Charles Dutoit, Elizabeth Printy has been praised as a singer of great musical sensitivity and distinction.

Elizabeth Printy

A Massachusetts native and graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Printy followed her love of singing by becoming a voice instructor in addition to her world-wide career. She served on the voice faculty at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts for 10 years and was Artist-in-Residence for the last five of those years. Her teaching career continued at Salem State University and Harvard University. Upon moving to the United Arab Emirates in 2006, Ms. Printy created the voice faculty at The British School/Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi. She performed song recitals in partnership with the German Embassy to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the European Union, while other performances took her to Araux and Navarrenx, France where she performed recitals of French, English and Spanish art song. To further promote education and the performing arts, she has served as President of Alumni for the New England Conservatory of Music and on the board of Heartwood Theater.

Since moving to Maine, Ms. Printy maintains a private voice studio in her home in addition to her teaching position at Bowdoin College.

Some audio excerpts from Ms. Printy's career:

Marfa's Aria - The Czar's Bride (Rimsky-Korsakov)

Io son l'umile ancella - Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)

Magda's Aria - La Rondine (Puccini)

Non mi dir - Don Giovanni (Mozart)

Vissi d'arte - Tosca (Puccini)