Elizabeth Grayson Photo by Dan Demetriad
Recently made her International debut
at the Teatro Rossini di Lugo and Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as Grace Kelly
in Michael Daugherty's "Jackie O"

Elizabeth Williams-Grayson has graced the stage nationally and internationally in Opera, Pops/Classical concerts, Broadway and TV.

An extremely versatile singing actress, Elizabeth has been praised and described by many reviewers as having a “liquid, pure-toned soprano,” “able to create wondrous, high-floating notes.” Her acting has moved audiences from moments of amusing hilarity” to “bringing many audience members visibly to tears.”

This past season 2008-09,  Elizabeth made her International debut as Grace Kelly in Michael Daugherty’s  American opera Jackie O at the Teatro Communale di Bologna and Teatro Rossini di Lugo, Italy. She also made her debut with Opera Carolina in Love Notes concert gala as soprano soloist. Other performances were Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone with Greensboro Opera where she garnered such praise as “humorous, first-rate acting…a delight to watch!” and “coloratura passages delivered with clarity and brilliance.” She was soloist for “Carmina Burana” with CHCC and Symphony at UNC-Memorial Hall, soloist with the Durham Symphony in their “Holiday Pops”, and returned to sing as soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity” with CHCC at UNC with Symphony.

Over the summer, Elizabeth was guest soloist in the “American Voices Concert” performing excerpts and arias from Ballad of Baby Doe,” “Candide,” Susannah,” and Street Scene with Long Leaf Opera Festival. Upcoming this Fall and into 2010, she will be performing with Triangle Opera Studios as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni,” Greensboro Opera as Annina/Violetta/c in La Traviata and Opera Carolina’s production La Boheme,” as Musetta.

Other operatic credits include
Musetta in La Boheme,” Valencienne in The Merry Widow,” and Donna Anna/c in Don Giovanniwith Opera Company Of North Carolina; Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly,” and CountessCeprano/Gilda cover in Rigoletto with Greensboro Opera, Jackie Kennedy Onassis in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O,” and Ariel in Lee Hoiby’s TheTempest with Long Leaf Opera Festival.

Elizabeth also was privileged to perform the Southern Premiere of world- renowned American Opera Composer Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus in 2007, with Jake accompanying at the piano. The 22-minute scene (Libretto by Terrance McNally) for soprano and piano closed out the Long Leaf Opera Festival with a standing ovation in UNC-Memorial Hall.

In the Broadway realm, Elizabeth has sung many roles on the regional and national level with musical theatre and opera companies. She has played roles such as Eliza in My Fair Lady,” Maria in “The Sound of Music,” Marsinah in “Kismet,” Laurie in “Oklahoma,” Mrs Potiphar in Joseph/Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and principal roles in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s musical reviews Grand Night For Singing and Some Enchanted Evening”. Her most memorable role was starring as Guenevere in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot” opposite Richard Harris in his final tour as King Arthur. The Pittsburgh Press said,“Elizabeth is one of the few opera-trained voices one hears these days in musical theatre. The voice was velvety and rich-sounding.” Reviewers said “Her singing reminds one of the young Julie Andrews. She is a beautiful Guenevere in face, figure and vocal ability.”

On the concert stage, Elizabeth has performed as soprano soloist with the Milwaukee “Music Under the Stars” Pops Symphony in Washington Park singing both operatic and Broadway show tunes. She has performed as soprano soloist with the NC Symphony singing Vaughn-Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” and Haydn’s “Mass In Time of War.” Other concerts include a “Holiday Pops” concert with the Asheville Symphony, Handel’s “Messiah” with Greensboro Oratorio Society and Symphony and “Holiday Pops” with the Fayetteville Symphony.

Elizabeth also enjoys acting in film, commercials, and print work.