"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 2016 alone, the breadth of her engagements included visits to the Holland Festival with the London Sinfonietta to reprise the roles of Eurydice and Medea, Boston with Harry Christophers in Handel's Saul, Madrid and London for Kurt Weill recitals with Roger Vignoles, and Minnesota for Messiah with Paul McCreesh and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as singing Julian Anderson and Dutilleux with the BBC NOW and Pascal Rophé, Barber's Knoxville with The Hallé, a Francisco Coll world première with Thomas Adès and the BCMG, and Debussy with Xian Zhang and the BBC NOW as part of BBC Radio 3's 70th birthday celebrations.