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Elizabeth LecoanetAside from the many non-classical style performances and projects, Elizabeth’s passion is classical singing.

She has worked extensively with David Harper in London, aswell as with Dinah Harris, Britta Sundberg (Stockholm), and Annie-Beatrice Lepre (Paris), with her original teacher being Anne Way of Opera Australia in Sydney.

After her studies began in Sydney in 1998, Elizabeth was presented with the opportunity to study language in  Rome, and further with David Harper in London where she lived and studied for 5 years.  At this time, Elizabeth also completed The English National Opera’s Baylis performance training programe « The Knack »;  where she studied under Mary King, award winning director Rufus Norris, and dance with Leah Hausman and Maxime Braham. From this, Elizabeth sung with the ENO in Bach’s St.John Passion, which was directed by Deborah Warner and televised live on the BBC.

During her time in London, Elizabeth studied acting privately and regularly with Michael Attenborough, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and current director of the Almeida Theatre in London’s West End. She still remains in contact with him to this day.

After her time in London, following an inner vocal desire to sing Sacred music, Elizabeth moved to Paris (to be with her French husband), and sang on a regular basis (3 x weekly over 5 years) as a chorister and soloist with “Les Chanteurs de St.Eustache” in Paris (Les Halles) directed by Lionel Cloarec. Elizabeth continued to explore and refine her classical voice, discovering beautiful Baroque, Classical and Scared repertoire whilst singing in magnificent places such as St.Eustache, Mont St.Michel in Normandy, Chartres, Saint-Sulpice, Invalides and many others magnificent places. 

Works included composers: Brossard, Campra, Clérambault, Charpentier, Brahms, Fauré, Schumann, Mozart  and the World Premiere Recording of Michel Profette’s "Polyphonies Grégoriennes" where Elizabeth is heard as one of 4 soloist sopranos on the album. (Available Harmonia Mundi, France).

Elizabeth feels the Mass at St.Eustache is a rare opportunity to hear Sacred music and witness a musical and truly sacred tradition, which has almost been lost in today’s society.

If you are ever in Paris… you can hear this beautiful music live (and for free!) whilst it still exists! Directed by Lionel Cloarec, beautiful music is sung every Sunday at 11am (except during the Summer holidays).  Les Halles, Paris 75001. metro Les Halles / Chatelet (just next to rue Montorgueil). For more infomation on St.Eustache, visit: www.saint-eustache.org or just turn up!

When residing in New York, Elizabeth studies classical voice through the school of Marcello Garofalo and is a part of the Bel Canto Opera Centre, as well as singing with The Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPS).

Along with her husband and film maker, Albert Lecoanet, together they are making a TV documentary on the “Bel Canto: the Lost Art of Opera; a portrait on the life of Marcello Garofolo.” Elizabeth will be heard singing in this documentary, along with renown tenor, Michel Fiammadente (NYC) and baritone Leslie John Flanagan (Australia/USA).

Elizabeth's driving passion and favourite role is Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata."

It was upon seeing the film "La Traviata" directed by Franco Zeffirelli, with Teresa Stratas, and Plácido Domingo, which gave Elizabeth the initial impulse to sing opera. Quite simply, the first time she heard "E strano.." she knew this is what she needed to do with her life.

Despite buying her score from Ricordi in Rome, on her first visit to Italy in 1999, it wasn't until her voice had "matured" enough, that Elizabeth even touched the role, and had the opportunity to work extensively on the role in New York in 2009/10.

The unconventional story of discovering the role of "Violetta" is told in her up and coming show "Finding Violetta", featuring the music and arias of La Traviata, plus other musical styles she discovered along the way. "Finding Violetta" is to be premiered in Sydney 2012.

With Teresa Stratas in NYC 2009

Elizabeth with Teresa Stratas in NYC 2009

 

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