Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, soprano Elizabeth McConnaughey excels in the light lyric oratorio and operatic repertoire. In 2009, she was a featured soloist in Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato at the American Handel Festival, and most recently she was the soprano soloist in Handel's Dixit Dominus with the Bloomington Chamber Singers. Operatically, Ms. McConnaughey has performed the roles of Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Second Midwife (Play of Herod), the title role in Lampe's Pyramus and Thisbe, and covered the role of Damon in (Acis and Galatea). Additionally, she has appeared in scenes as Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Frasquita (Carmen), and Lucy (The Hotel Casablanca), among others.
Finishing up 2016, Ms. McConnaughey will be performing the Magnificat from Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Lancaster Chorale, Poulenc's Gloria with First Congregational Church of Columbus, and Handel's Messiah with the Three Rivers Singers in Rome, Georgia.
Ms. McConnaughey has been selected as a young artist for numerous programs, including CoOPERAtive, SongFest, and the University of Miami’s summer program in Salzburg, Austria. Committed to educating future generations, she is an active member of Reimagining Opera for Kids, an opera outreach program that introduces opera to children in central Indiana. In 2015 she had the pleasure of premiering three characters from Chappell Kingsland’s newly commissioned opera for young audiences, The Firebringers.
Ms. McConnaughey attended Centre College in Kentucky, where she was the winner of Centre’s Concerto Competition, and she completed her Master's degree in vocal performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.