Elizabeth Turnbull


Elizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by critics as, “a revelation,” with “controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence.” Her many credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America.

She also portrayed Lyubija in the European (France, Serbia, and Ireland) and Canadian (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver) tours of Svadba. Her roles range from the baroque (Juno in Semele), to the romantic (Carmen in Carmen), modern (Augusta Tabor in the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe) and new (creating the role of Maria Picariello in Filumena). Concert experience has included the oratorios of Bach, Bruckner, Handel, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, and Vivaldi, the symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler, the songs of Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninov, as well as numerous new music compositions.

Recent performances have included creating the role of Elizabeth in Opera on the Avalon’s new John Estacio opera, Ours, as well as a reprise of Maria in Calgary Opera’s 2017 remount of Filumena, and the role of Larina in Calgary Opera’s Eugene Onegin. Ms. Turnbull's discography includes 3 CDs with Toronto's Bach Consort, two recordings with the Ukrainian Art Song Project (songs of Lysenko and Stepovyi), as well as a self-produced disc of Irish and Scottish Songs, The Meeting of the Waters. Many of her Canadian operatic performances have been heard across the country on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Ms. Turnbull is an instructor of voice and chamber music at the University of Alberta, where she has been teaching since 2009.