The American Coloratura Soprano Elizabeth Calleo was born in Italy and raised in Salzburg Austria. In France, she was granted a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study Baroque Music and made her debut in the Baroque and Classical repertoire with conductors such as Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, and Jean-Claude Malgoire. She has toured internationally in the concert repertoire with Fabio Biondi, Jos van Veldhoven, Jean-Christophe Frisch, and Nicolas Jenkins. She was featured in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne conducted by Laurence Equilbey, broadcast on ARTE and released as a DVD (Naïve). Other recent recordings (Naxos) include roles in Sancho Pança by Philidor and the title role in Le Magnifique by Gretry with Opera Lafayette and Ryan Brown in the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers (US).
Recent performances expanded into the contemporary repertoire as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and a number of creations: Massacre by Wolfgang Mitterer (Col Legno), commissions by IRCAM/ Festival Agora (Radio France), Terra by Luca Francesconi at the Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) (RAI Television); and Second Woman by Frédéric Verrières at Bouffes du Nord, Winner of Best Contemporary Creation by a French Composer (ARTE live web).
This fall she world premiered a newly discovered Debussy Song in the Prismatic Debussy Festival. Upcoming projects include Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Alma Mahler Songs with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Poulenc Songs with the pianist François Dumont, as well as a tour of Schubert’s Winterreise with Musica Nigella in a staging for three singers by Yoshi Oïda.