Elspeth Davis, Le Prince Charmant



 Mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis was born in the town of Seneca, South Carolina. She graduated with a Masters of Music degree in the studio of Stanley Cornett at the Peabody Institute, where she was a Peabody Merit Scholarship recipient. At Peabody, Ms. Davis has performed the role of Mme. de la Haltiere in Massenet’s Cendrillon, of which Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun wrote “ [she is] a deliciously wicked stepmother…her singing was as colorful as her acting.” With the Baltimore Theatre Project she performed the role of the Second Nurse in Henry Mollicone’s Hotel Eden. She also starred in Peabody Opera’s premiere production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music as Desiree Armfeldt. In March of 2007, she returned to the school as a guest artist in the role of Nicklausse/La Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
She is a founding member of the Harbor Opera Company, for which she has sung the roles of The Announcer in Gallantry, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and The Faithful Seductress in the new chamber opera Ophelia Forever. Upcoming engagements include  Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, covering the role of Nancy in Flotow's opera Martha, as well as a debut performance with the Astoria Symphony in Benjamin Britten's cantata Phaedra.
No stranger to the stage, Ms. Davis has also performed the roles of  Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict, Praskowia/Clo-Clo for the Liederkranz Foundation, Papagena, Suor Genovieffa, Cookie (in Milton Granger’s Talk Opera), Percy Talbot (in The Spitfire Grill, for which she received an Irene Ryan nomination), and Gianetta in the Operafestival di Roma’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore. In 2002, Ms. Davis was a member of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. In 2004 she was a member of College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, where she performed the roles of The Fairy Queen (Iolanthe), Virginella (La Perichole), Dame Carruthers (Yeomen of the Guard), Nettie Fowler (Carousel), Mme. Matroppo (Very Good Eddie), and The Witch (Into the Woods).
As an actor Ms. Davis has appeared as Mariane (Tartuffe), Dunyasha (The Cherry Orchard), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Billie (Haiku), and The Girl in Veronica’s Room, as well as readings of new works for the New Play Festival in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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