"Atherton’s voice is now not just a lush instrument but a superbly communicative one"
Elizabeth Atherton has firmly established herself as one of Britain's leading sopranos, equally at home on the opera stage or concert platform.
Well known for her ability to inhabit a role, Atherton's versatility is such that her repertoire extends from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart, collaborating with conductors such as Harry Christophers, Laurence Cummings and Paul McCreesh, through to Verdi, Debussy and Britten, working alongside Pierre Boulez, Richard Farnes, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Charles Mackerras and Carlo Rizzi.
Atherton's musical intelligence has meant that she is also at the forefront of contemporary music, having forged a close relationship with Sir Harrison Birtwistle who wrote the leading roles of Eurydice and Medea for her in his chamber operas The Corridor and The Cure, and regularly premièring new works with conductors such as Thomas Adès, Martyn Brabbins and Thierry Fischer.
In 2018 alone, the breadth of Elizabeth’s engagements included reprising her portrayal of Mozart’s Donna Elvira with Opera North, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with the BBC NOW and Ryan Wigglesworth, Barber’s Knoxville with Robert Spano and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with the London Sinfonietta and David Atherton broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Verdi’s Requiem under Jac van Steen in the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge, Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet with the London Sinfonietta, a series of new commissions with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in London, Birmingham and Germany, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Stravinsky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.