Born: Mar 13, 1931 in Lowell, MA
Genre: Opera, Choral Music
American mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias has had a long and leading career in opera on the international scene. He professional life began while she was still a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and was invited to sing in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, as Poppea, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also studied at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood.
She joined the New England Opera Company in 1948, remaining through 1952. She moved to Italy for further studies with Luigi Ricci and Nazareno de Angelis. She began attracting major attention with appearances at the leading opera houses of San Carlo in Naples and La Scala in Milan before she joined the company of the Metropolitan Opera in 1954.
Among her major roles were Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Rossini's Cenerentola, and the leading mezzo roles in both full-length Samuel Barber operas, Erika in Vanessa and Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra, both of which she created at the Metropolitan Opera World premieres in, respectively, 1958 and 1963.
She was known for a rich and dramatic voice and good stage presence. She made many recordings and appeared frequently on television and radio. At the turn of the century, she was still singing occasionally, mostly in smaller parts, including such parts as the Mother in Hugo Weisgall's Six Characters in Search of an Author and the Old Prioress in Poulenc's Dialogues de Carmelites, as well as continuing to appear as Barber's Erika.
-Joseph Stevenson (All Music Guide)