Elizabeth Cragg studied at Royal Holloway College and at the Royal College of Music where she won a number of singing prizes.
Recent engagements include Chief Hen / Jay The Cunning Little Vixen with the CBSO in Birmingham, Paris, Hamburg and Dortmund; Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park)‚ Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (West Green House)‚ Johanna Sweeney Todd (Theatre Royal de la Monnaie)‚ Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and Amanda Le Grand Macabre (Aalto-Theater‚ Essen)‚ Mrs Julian Owen Wingrave (Théâtre du Capitole‚ Toulouse)‚ a recital of Handel arias and duets in the London Handel Festival at the Wigmore Hall‚ Minerva The Return of Ulysses (Iford Festival‚ conducted by Christian Curnyn). Current Concerts include Bach’s St Matthew Passion (London Handel Festival)‚ B Minor Mass and C Minor Mass (St Albans Bach Choir)‚ Mozart’s Requiem (Southampton Guildhall)‚ Carmina Burana (The Anvil‚ Basingstoke)‚ Monteverdi’s Vespers (Armonico Consort)‚ Mozart’s Women with Ex Cathedra and the CBSO and Handel’s Messiah in Tokyo.
Further operatic engagements 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 (with Tomáš Netopil) and Clorinda Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (both Netherlands Opera)‚ Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington Opera)‚ Angelica in Steffani’s Orlando Generoso (Barber Opera‚ Birmingham)‚ Fauno in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba (Buxton Festival) and Belinda Dido and Aeneas (Akademie für Alte Musik‚ Berlin and Brussels). She created the roles of Swan in Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter (Opera North)‚ Mrs Green Down by the Greenwood Side by Birtwistle (Brighton Festival)‚ the Angel in Dove’s chamber opera Seven Angels and Dorella in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot (Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall).
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 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‚ Bach’s Magnificat 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‚ New Years’ Concerts with the Halle Orchestra and 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) and Bach’s St John Passion (Washington National Cathedral).
Recordings include Rutter Magnificat and Mozart Regina Coeli (Naxos).