American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Pojanowski is gaining renown in theaters and concert halls not only for her voice but for her electric stage presence and keen interpretation of new works. Opera News writes that in Chautauqua Opera’s production of CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, “her Fox provided a charming love interest and a warm, clear timbre.” In 2015 she sang Dorabella in Annapolis Opera’s production of COSI FAN TUTTE and also originated the role of Sadie in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera MORNING STAR with Cincinnati Opera, a company with whom she has also played the roles of Nancy T’ang NIXON IN CHINA, Mercédès CARMEN and Tebaldo DON CARLO.
Ms. Pojanowski made her New York City Opera debut as Shelley in the American Premiere of Anthony Turnage’s ANNA NICOLE, and other recent engagements include Cherubino LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Seattle Opera, Isolier LE COMTE ORY with Loft Opera, the world premiere of Gregg Kellor’s THE TELL–TALE HEART for On-Site Opera, Mrs Merivale in Carlisle Floyd’s PRINCE OF PLAYERS with the Little Opera Theatre of New York, Tisbe LA CENERENTOLA with Opera Omaha, a role she went on to perform with NYCO Renaissance.
As a young artist at Seattle Opera, she performed Dinah TROUBLE IN TAHITI, L’Enfant L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES, Hansel HANSEL AND GRETEL and Hermia A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Other favorite roles include Prince Orlofsky DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opera Saratoga, Siebel FAUST and Third Lady THE MAGIC FLUTE for Eugene Opera,for Eugene Opera, Stéphano ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for San Antonio Opera, Ernestina L’OCCASIONE FA IL LADRO for Little Opera Theater of New York, Olga Olsen STREET SCENE for Chautauqua Opera, Nancy ALBERT HERRING for Aspen Opera Theater, Cousin Hebe H.M.S. PINAFORE for Dayton Opera and La Maestra delle Novizie SUOR ANGELICA for the Opera Festival of Lucca, Italy. In 2008 Ms. Pojanowski sang the role of Fiona in the workshop of Nico Muhly’s TWO BOYS at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City.
Also at home as a concert artist, she was the alto soloist in Strauss LeBourgeois Gentilhomme with Seattle Symphony, Rossini Stabat Mater with Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and Mendelssohn Elijah with the First Presbyterian Church in New York City where she also sang Mary in Respighi Lauda per la Natività del Signore and the Second Soprano soli in Bach Magnificat. Pojanowski earned her BFA in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University, her masters in music and artist diploma in opera from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She is a three time Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist and a Liederkranz Opera Finalist; she has also received the Palm Beach Encouragement Award, the top Chautauqua Opera Guild Apprentice Award, an Aspen Opera Theater Fellowship, a Corbett Scholarship and a Klose Seybold Scholarship.