OPERA BIO

Elise Miller, lyric mezzo soprano is becoming increasingly well known for her impressive versatility and shimmering vocalism, spanning a wide variety of roles and genres ranging from opera to musical theatre, including femme fatales to her specialty in trouser roles and many more.  Upcoming this spring 2024, Ms. Miller will perform as Mrs. Lovett in I.U. Opera Theater’s highly-anticipated production of Sweeney Todd.  This summer 2024, Ms. Miller is thrilled to serve as an Emerging Artist at Charlottesville Opera, where she will perform the role of Mrs. Paroo and cover the roles of Maud Dunlop and Newspaper/Salesman in The Music Man.  She will also be a featured artist in several concerts and perform in the chorus of L’Elisir d’Amore.

Most recently, Ms. Miller debuted with Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist covering the role of Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate.  Last fall, she sang the role of Luzuli in L’etoile with the auspicious Indiana University (“I.U.”) Opera Theater.  A lover of musical theatre, jazz, and cabaret music, Ms. Miller performed a varied array of German cabaret selections with an up-and-coming company called “The Wild Stage” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last summer.  No stranger to new music, she performed the role of Lowri in the world premiere of Rhiannon’s Condemnation by composer Leigha Amick with New Voices Opera during their 2021-2022 season.  She also appeared in I.U. Opera Theater’s productions of La Rondine as Lolette and in L’Incoronazione di Poppea as Emperor Nerone.  Additionally, she was part of the staged premiere of The Loathly Lady presented by the Vienna Summer Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, performing the role of Virginia Woolf.

Other recent noteworthy credits for Elise Miller include the role of Beth March in Little Women (I.U. Opera Theater), La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Music On Site, Inc.), Silly Girl and Enchanted Object in Beauty and the Beast (Woodlawn Theater), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Mediterranean Opera Festival; Sicily, Italy).  Ms. Miller premiered the role of Jean in a contemporary opera called The War Bride by composer Nathan Felix at Luminaria: San Antonio Arts Festival in 2018.  She was a Resident Artist with OPERA San Antonio from 2018-2020 and appeared in their mainstage productions of Tosca, Faust, La Traviata, and Carmen.  Previously, Ms. Miller was an Opera Studio Participant in the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Elise Miller resides in Bloomington, Indiana, where in addition to her active performing schedule she is working on her Doctoral Degree in Vocal Performance at the world-renowned Indiana University School of Music.  Ms. Miller currently studies voice with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Heidi Grant Murphy.

VIDEO

This Journey / Dead Man Walking (Heggie)

O petite étoile / L’etoile (Chabrier)

So in Love / Kiss Me, Kate (Porter)

Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle? / Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)

RESUME

OPERA / OPERETTA / MUSICAL THEATRE 2023
Mrs. Lovett Sweeney Todd I.U. Opera Theater
Lilli Vanessi/Kate (cover) Kiss Me, Kate Central City Opera
2022
Lazuli L’etoile I.U. Opera Theater
Lowri (world premiere) Rhiannon’s Condemnation New Voices Opera
2021
Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea I.U. Opera Theater
Virginia Woolf (world premiere) The Loathly Lady Vienna Summer Music Festival
The Fox (improv) Carnival of the Animals Vienna Summer Music Festival
2020
Beth March Little Women I.U. Opera Theater
2019
La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi Music on Site, Inc.
Lauretta (cover) Gianni Schicchi Music on Site, Inc.
Silly Girl/Enchanted Object Beauty and the Beast The Woodlawn Theater
2018
Jean (world premiere) The War Bride Luminaria: San Antonio Arts Festival
Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro Mediterranean Opera Festival
Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly Mediterranean Opera Festival
Lady of the Creek (workshop) Suenos de Bejar OPERA San Antonio
ORATORIO / CONCERT / RECITAL
2023
Soloist Airs and Dances of John Dowland Concentus
2022
Soloist Cabaret for the Working Class The Wild Stage
Mezzo Soloist Bach Cantata BWV 137 Bloomington Bach Cantata Project
2021
Soloist Lily Library Guatemalan Manuscripts Bloomington Early Music Festival
2016
Soloist Mostly Shakespeare American Institute of Musical Studies
Soloist Broadway Showstoppers American Institute of Musical Studies
Soloist Musica Sanctissima American Institute of Musical Studies
TRAINING
Central City Opera (Central City, CO) Apprentice Artist 2023
Vienna Summer Music Festival (St. Petersburg, FL) Participant 2021
OPERA San Antonio (San Antonio, TX) Resident Artist 2018-2020
Mediterranean Opera Festival (Sicily, Italy) Participant 2018
American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria) Opera Studio Participant 2016
* Upcoming
EDUCATION
Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance (DM/In Progress) Indiana University 2022-Present
Master of Music in Vocal Performance (MM) Indiana University 2020-2022
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (BM/Cum Laude) University of Texas San Antonio 2011-2015

CAREER INFLUENCES

Conductors:  Marzio Conti, Brandon Eldredge, Kevin Murphy

Directors:  Candace Evans, E. Loren Meeker, Michael Shell

Voice Teachers:  Heidi Grant Murphy (current), Patricia Stiles, Peter Volpe

Coaches:  Kristin Ditlow, Kevin Murphy, Charles Prestinari