Elizabeth Perryman, Soprano
Soprano Elizabeth Perryman will sing with Opera Company of Brooklyn as the lead role in Ariadne auf Naxos on September 24. In addition to singing with The Opera Company of Brooklyn, she has sung with Bronx Opera, Chelsea Opera, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Altamura Summer Festival. She has been a three-time regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, AIMS Meistersinger finalist, semi-finalist in the Chicago Bel Canto competition, and Audience Choice Winner with the Altamura Opera Competition. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She completed a Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes. Read below for our interview with Elizabeth.
How did you get into Opera?
I got hooked when I sang in the Operetta “Pirates of Penzance” in 8thgrade. I was also around it because both of my parents are singers and music teachers. I also loved it when I would hear it in different movie soundtracks. My parents had an idea that I would a drama queen when I first walked. My mom had been in the hospital and when she finally came home, I walked to her for the first time.
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
I love the opportunity to learn new roles and make music with fellow music loving colleagues.
How do you relax when not on stage?
Hang with my wife, go to movies and review them, shop at the dollar store, explore new places, write blog posts and poems.
Do you have any advice for other singers?
Nothing is gospel. Use what helps and move on. There will be flavors of the month. Change is a constant. Don’t give up. Don’t let people end your love for music but if you sing for accolades only, you are in trouble. Careers in singing are not one path. You have to design your own trail. There is not an end all. Singing and ministering to a crowd with your voice is the same in a church basement as it is in a concert hall.
What are your dream roles?
Santuzza, Suor Angelica, Tosca, Turandot, Giorgetta, Manon Lescaut
Which colleagues do you admire?
-Colleagues who build each other up and help each other network
-Colleagues who want to make music together as an ensemble and tell a story
What/who is your favorite opera and composer? Why?
I love Mozart. I get to sing some of the big girl parts and am so grateful. I love the ensemble singing. The arias are great. Sometimes the music is so strikingly beautiful, it is hard to believe that it comes from a human being. I think Don Giovanni is my favorite piece. Not sure if I like the epilogue at the end though…
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?
Musetta probably… She knows what she wants, is fearless yet has a huge heart (as shown in act 4)
What other music do you listen to?
I like everything, especially soundtracks, top 40s, euro pop, Abba, classic rock, country music, 30s/40s music
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role? I do my best to prepare this way. It is important to do so. But truth be told, many singers have full-time jobs as well as church gigs to pay the bills so time is precious.
I do my best to prepare this way. It is important to do so. But truth be told, many singers have full-time jobs, as well as church gigs to pay the bills, so time is precious.
How do you balance a career with a life offstage?
Carefully… It isn’t easy but I need both to be happy.
How do you unwind after singing?
I watch Investigation Discovery, the History Channel, Bachelor/ette, Fear the Walking Dead, or Family Feud
Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Ariadne auf Naxos on Saturday, September 24 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.