American soprano Liz Lang is currently pursuing her operatic career in New York City under the direction of Metropolitan Opera tenor, John McVeigh. This May Liz was chosen as a recipient of the Career Bridges Artist Grant in New York. She was most recently seen in concert with The Patchwork Project in a politically inspired recital called "Our America". In April 2016, Liz made her professional debut as Iris in Opera Omaha's production of Handel's Semele. In this new production directed by James Darrah, designed by the creative members of Chromatic, and conducted by Grammy® award winner Stephen Stubbs, "Liz Lang stole her scenes as a spritely Iris with her iridescent soprano" (Omaha World Herald) and "provided some much welcome comic relief" (Wall Street Journal). "As Iris, Liz Lang's comedic timing and clear resonant tone equally matched [Peabody] Southwell's strength and focus" (Opera News). According to Brian Dickie, a well-known voice in the opera community, Liz "is quite a find - to be watched, a very good voice."
Last September, Liz made her solo debut with The Really Big Chorus (United Kingdom) in a performance of Gabriel Faure's Requiem, commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York. Other recent performances include Strauss’s Brentano Lieder with pianist Joseph Yungen in a recital at The Juilliard School and the soprano soloist in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with members of The Riverside Choir. In May 2015, Liz sang the role of Frasquita in New York Opera Exchange’s production of Carmen, conducted by Alden Gatt and directed by Matt Dickson.
In 2012 Liz performed in James Darrah’s innovative production of Handel’s L’Allegro il Penseroso at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, under the musical direction of Stephen Stubbs. She later appeared as Atlanta in a blackbox production of Handel’s Serse, directed by the head of the Eastman School of Music Opera Department, Steven Daigle and conducted by Grammy® award winning lutenist, Paul O’Dette. Liz has performed in many early music concerts conducted and accompanied by O’Dette and Baroque ensemble, including a recital of Barbara Strozzi cantatas and a concert version of Handel’s infrequently performed first opera Almira in which she sang the part of Edilia.
While studying at the Eastman School of Music, Liz was chosen by Dawn Upshaw as the winner of the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, which culminated in a solo German recital for the public. Liz was also selected to perform in the world premier of the three-person opera, The Polite Abductress, composed by the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of Eastman, Douglas Lowry. She was a soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in director Donald Hunsberger’s arrangement of selections from Porgy and Bess entitled “Catfish Row,” and was a finalist in the Friends of Eastman Opera competition. Under the baton of Benton Hess and direction of Stephen Carr, Liz sang Blanche de la Force in Eastman’s mainstage production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, which the Democrat and Chronicle acclaimed to be “nothing short of masterful, from conception to execution,” and Liz’s performances earned her photo recognition in Classical Singer Magazine.
Other operatic highlights include Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Violetta in La Traviata, the Foreign Woman in The Consul, and Shirley Kaplan in Street Scene. Liz has performed concerts in various venues across Italy and during the Salzburg Festival in Austria.
Liz earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Rita Shane after completing her Bachelor of Music degrees in Opera and Music Theatre at Oklahoma City University under the leadership of Dr. Frank Ragsdale.