Elizabeth Cragg combines “utterly scintillating ... heavenly singing” with impeccable vocal technique and exceptional musicianship, reflected in the breadth and diversity of her repertoire. She studied at Royal Holloway College and at the Royal College of Music where she won a number of prizes.
Recent and future engagements include Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park), Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (West Green House)‚ Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen, Johanna Sweeney Todd (Theatre Royal de la Monnaie), New Year's concerts with the Halle Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead and Messiah in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
Elizabeth has sung with many of Europe’s leading conductors‚ including Sir Simon Rattle‚ Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner‚ Sir Roger Norrington, Harry Christophers and Trevor Pinnock. Notable concert appearances include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with The Sixteen and The Bach Choir‚ Messiah with The Sixteen and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia‚ Purcell’s King Arthur (Brussels‚ Amsterdam‚ Bruges and Antwerp)‚ Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Tilford Bach Festival and St John’s Smith Square), Bach’s St John Passion (Washington National Cathedral), Haydn The Creation at the Three Choirs Festival‚ Mozart Concert Arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra‚ Handel’s Dixit Dominus and St Matthew Passion with The English Concert‚ Bach Cantatas with The Hanover Band and Dido and Aeneas with the OAE at the BBC Proms.
Her operatic roles include Flowermaiden Parsifal (Royal Opera House‚ Covent Garden and with Sir Mark Elder/The Hallé at the BBC Proms), First Niece Peter Grimes (Sir Simon Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic, Salzburg Easter Festival and in Berlin)‚ 2nd Niece Peter Grimes (Vladimir Jurowski/the LPO) Ninette L’Amour des Trois Oranges and Clorinda Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Netherlands Opera), Amanda Le Grand Macabre at the Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington Opera), Fauno in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba (Buxton Festival), Mrs Green Down by the Greenwood Side by Birtwistle (Brighton Festival) and Dorella in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot (Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall). She created the roles of Swan in Jonathan Doves’ Swanhunter (Opera North) and the Angel in Doves’ chamber opera Seven Angels.
Recordings include Mozart's Regina Coeli (Naxos), Rutter's Magnificat (Naxos), Bach arias with the renowned Baroque flautist, Rachel Brown, Psalmfest by John Rutter with St Albans Abbey Choir and Stanford's Stabat Mater with The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill.
Lizzy is passionate about working in the community. She delivers the outreach for Birmingham Opera Company, visiting diverse community groups across Birmingham with little or no prior experience of the performing arts. Many of these organisations address social issues such as homelessness or come from areas of the city with severe socio-economic challenges. She created and runs the project "English Through Song" at the refugee and asylum-seeker support charity, St Chad's Sanctuary, in Birmingham, with the aim to build refugees' confidence and enjoyment of English and to bring people of different cultures and life experience together in a fun, welcoming and sociable environment.