Elizabeth Beers Kataria
Her debut performance as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer was hailed as having been “sung with technical brilliance and breathtaking control…”; “UFOMT newcomer Elizabeth Beers Kataria is stunning as Senta. Her soprano voice is lustrous and exquisitely expressive in the Dutchman’s ballad that is the core of the opera’s second act. Ms. Kataria is also a gifted actress…” Her appearance as the title-role Ariadne auf Naxos, she was “in lustrous voice, her big scene on the purity of death, Es gibt ein Reich, emerging in gorgeous warmth and eloquent phrasing. This was richly dramatic singing.”
Some of Elizabeth’s previous appearances include Woglinde Das Rheingold, concert excerpts from the final scene of Salome, Leonore Fidelio, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte, Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Countess le nozze di Figaro, Magda La Rondine, and concert performances as Chimène in Massenet’s rarely performed Le Cid. Elizabeth performed the title-role in several productions of Suor Angelica; of her 2009 appearance with Chelsea Opera, producer and host of NPR’s At the Opera wrote “Kataria ought to have quite a career before her, for she negotiated the twists and turns in Angelica’s character without a hitch, …culminating in a shattering performance of the pivotal “Senza Mamma” which she traversed with an ease that belied its difficulty…” With Chautauqua Opera, Elizabeth appeared as the Foreign Woman The Consul, covered both the title-role Tosca and Leonora Il Trovatore, and appeared in concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony. Of her appearance with the Chautauqua Symphony, she was described as having a “a clear, pleasingly columnar dramatic soprano that showed admirable evenness in testing ensembles from Fidelio and Norma. …Beers-Kataria has the vocal goods.” She has been a featured soloist in numerous other concerts and recitals, most notably as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis under the baton of the late Robert Shaw.
Abroad, Elizabeth has appeared in concerts with Les Azuriales Opera Festival, was awarded 1er Prix Femme in the 20ème Concours International de Chant de Marmande Lot-et-Garonne et de la Région Aquitaine, and participated in the final rounds of the 2011 Concorso Internazionale Musica Sacra in Rome supported by a grant from the New York State Foundation of the Arts. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has participated in two International Vocal Arts Institute programs abroad, been a Resident Artist with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and an Apprentice with Chautauqua Opera.