Elizabeth Cragg combines “utterly scintillating ... heavenly singing” with impeccable vocal technique and exceptional musicianship, reflected in the breadth and diversity of her repertoire. Most notably, among her wide-ranging operatic and concert appearances, she has successfully performed challenging works in the contemporary repertoire, including Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre”(Amanda) at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Birtwistle’s “Down by the Greenwood Side” (Mrs Green), at the Brighton Festival, marking the composer’s 80th Birthday, and Jonathan Dove’s “Swanhunter” (the Swan) in the world premiere for Opera North. In Zerbinetta’s tour de force (Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos) “she lit up a tempestuous evening more than the fireworks with which the performance ended ... vocally assured and with undaunted stage presence.” (The Guardian)
Recent and future engagements include Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen, Mary Crawford in Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park at The Grange Festival, New Year's concerts with the Halle Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall and at St George's Hall, Bradford, and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead, Mrs Julian in Owen Wingrave at the Théâtre du Capitole‚ Toulouse, a recital of Handel arias and duets in the London Handel Festival with Adrian Butterfield and the London Handel Players at the Wigmore Hall, Minerva in The Return of Ulysses for the Iford Festival conducted by Christian Curnyn, Purcell’s King Arthur in Brussels, Amsterdam, Bruges and Antwerp, Bach’s St Matthew Passion in the London Handel Festival at St George's Hanover Square and Bach's St John Passion in Washington National Cathedral.
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 and oratorio 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‚ 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), and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington Opera). 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 to be released by Naxos in 2016 and most recently, Stanford's Stabat Mater with The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill.