Praised for her “lovely lyric” and “richly colored” voice, young Italian-American soprano Elizabeth Tredent has been busy entrancing critics and audiences alike for her recent performances of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, Fiora in Montemezzi’s rarely staged L’amore dei tre re, and the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, just to name a few.
Tredent’s affinity for the Italian repertoire led to her Sarasota Opera debut as princess Fiora in L’amore dei tre re. June LeBell from The Observer deemed her performance as “positively splendid in the all-important role of the beautiful Fiora, for whom all three royals fall and fall hard. Her voice is enough to make audience members fall for her, as well. And her acting works beautifully with her spectacularly produced voice.”
Immediately following her debut, Ms. Tredent was invited to return to Sarasota Opera as Violetta in her first Verdi role to great acclaim. Under Victor DeRenzi’s baton, Broadway World found her “especially brilliant.” The Sarasota Herald-Tribune raved about her “large and splendid soprano.”
In her role debut as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, James Jorden from The New York Observer wrote of her ”creamy soprano lending passion to the character’s elegant arias.” Following her success, she later reprised the role with Opera in Williamsburg.
Tredent’s “powerful voice” lends itself with ease to the Verdian repertoire. She was invited to compete in the 2016 Voci Verdiane Concorso Internazionale a Busseto in which she advanced to the semi-finals, covered Lida in Verdi’s early gem, La battaglia di Legnano, and had the honor of singing the final notes of Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle—a 38-year journey through all of Giuseppe Verdi’s works—where Victor DeRenzi and Sarasota Opera became the only conductor and company in the world to perform every work by the Italian master.
Elizabeth Tredent has covered the title role in Puccini’s Tosca, and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She began her career as a mezzo-soprano making her mainstage debut at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, where she was applauded for her performance as being “an elegant and responsive actress …and richly colored mezzo.”
Other career highlights include her performances of Pitti-Sing in The Mikado alongside world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, Anita in the West Side Story at the Grand Opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in which featured guest artists included Placido Domingo, Patti LuPone, and Diana Krall, performing as a featured artist at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, appearing as a guest soloist with The Duke Symphony Orchestra, and collaborating with Marvin Hamlisch at Severance Hall.
Tredent earned a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music.