Praised by the Houston Press for performances “full of vigor and spirit,” soprano Elizabeth Gautsche is making a splash at home and beyond. Ms. Gautsche was most recently seen this summer as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Rusalka in Dvořák’s Rusalka. Ms. Gautsche made her professional debut in 2017 with Opera in the Heights as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflüte. Previous roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Blooming Voce Summer Opera Workshop and Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo with the Echo Ensemble. She will return in the spring of 2019 to sing Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the Echo Ensemble.
In addition to her operatic career, Ms. Gautsche is a devoted activist for the #metoo movement and works hand in hand with the Houston Area Women’s Center to educate and empower women in the Houston area. She was the coordinator and soprano soloist of the HAWC’s beneficiary concert, “Exultate! Uplifting women through song” in 2018.
Originally from Brighton, Michigan, Elizabeth Gautsche earned an MM in Voice from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a BM in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her operatic roles at the Shepherd School include Telemaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She also performed as Norina in Don Pasquale, Rose in Street Scene, Echo in Ariadne auf Noxos, and Frasquita in Carmen in the Shepherd School’s opera scenes productions.
Ms. Gautsche is a passionate and sought after teacher who has taught at Sam Houston State University and maintains a private studio, working closely with high school students from HSPVA and St. Agnes Academy. Ms. Gautsche has also served as assistant to the director of Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti summer training intensive in Lucca, Italy. Ms. Gautsche is a student of Dr. Barbara Clark.