Elizabeth Russo has over 30 years of experience teaching private voice lessons to students of all levels and ages and has developed voice workshops for teenagers throughout the tri-state area. A member of The National Opera Center of America in New York City she has taught Musical Theater and vocal technique at the Singer’s Forum in New York City, Fordham University in Manhattan, New York University, (Lee Strasberg Institute) and the Chautauqua Institute. She studied at Western Connecticut State University with concentrated studies in vocal performance, piano, and theater. Elizabeth currently works with voice teacher Valerie Sorel on vocal pedagogy and technique, and with pianist and conductor Eric Trudel on classical and opera repertoire. Ms. Russo is equally comfortable teaching Broadway, pop, jazz, country, rock, and classical music and has successfully prepared middle and high school students for regional choirs and college entrance auditions.
Elizabeth Russo, mezzo-soprano, is well known for her powerful voice and strong stage presence which she demonstrated in a performance of Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 9 with Worcester Music at Mechanics Hall in October 2018. In 2011 Ms. Russo made her UK debut in London with Fulham Opera as Fricka in Das Rheingold, returned in 2012 for the same role in Die Walkure and for Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle in 2014. “Major contributions from Elizabeth Russo, a dramatic mezzo-soprano of vocal substance created a personable Fricka well able to deal with a recalcitrant husband.” Margaret Davies – Opera Magazine, London.
Also in 2014, and immediately on her return to the states, she appeared with the Worcester Chorus in Massachusetts as soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle after having been featured in their Handel Messiah in 2012. Elizabeth debuted as a soloist with The Dessoff Choirs of New York City in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. She also appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven‘s Mass in C, both with the Greenwich High School Super Choir. With the Garden State Philharmonic, she was featured in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. In December 2020 Elizabeth appeared in a virtual Handel Messiah at First Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT with conductor Craig Symons. Ms. Russo has been the Cantor and featured soloist for several years at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Greenwich, CT where she was featured in a solo recital as part of their Classical Music Concert Series.