Elise Mark is a passionate artist whose primary mission is to create community through music and storytelling. As a young soprano, she is making her "mark" in performances across United States (Voce di Meche), and was named a Semi-Finalist in the Annapolis Opera 2019 Vocal Competition. Ms. Mark was most recently seen in the role of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore with Delaware Valley Opera in New York, where her performance was described as "angelic and comedic," (Sullivan County Democrat), "graced with the pipes of a goddess, [and]... exud[ing] emotion, all the while gliding around the stage in layers of petticoats" (River Reporter).
Other recent roles include Kriemhild in The Merry Nibelung with Concert Operetta Theater, Annina in La Traviata with Amore Opera, Notary's Wife in Intermezzo with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Adelaide in The Enchanted Pig with Steamboat Opera, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with New York Lyric Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with PA Lyric Opera, and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Libera. Also an advocate for new music, Ms. Mark recently premiered two opera workshops performances, collaborating with their respective composers—Ahed in Friday After Friday by Leanna Kirchoff and Fran in @Giselle, Love Fran by Abigail Kempson. Ms. Mark made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 with New York Lyric Opera in the Opera Gala Concert.
Ms. Mark was engaged a as Young Artist with The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College in 2018. She has also been a Young Artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Steamboat Opera, Operafestival di Roma, Manhattan SOM Voice Festival, and Florence Voice Seminar. She obtained her Master’s in Music at Temple University, where she studied with celebrated soprano Benita Valente, and a Bachelor’s in Music from the University of Florida in the studio of Dr. Elizabeth Graham. She currently studies with Emily Martin.
Elise is comfortable in many art forms and has training and experience in theater, voice over, and film. As a professional voice over artist, Elise works in commercial ads, e-learning and IVR system recordings, narration, and podcasting.
Elise is also the co-host of a new podcast called My So-Called Opera Life, which gives listeners a real life look into life in the world of a young operatic singer.
In conjunction with an active performing career, Elise teaches music and performance skills to others. She is currently a teaching artist with Opera Philadelphia, and also maintains her own private vocal and piano studio. She has a true and deep passion for teaching others the joys of creating music.
With a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University, a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and an Education minor from University of Florida, Elise is a singer and musician with extensive training and knowledge of the vocal mechanism and proper vocal use. Elise is proud to say that her students continue to impress her, winning competitions, landing lead roles in musicals, performing solo shows, singing on Broadway, and branching out to pursue their own musical careers. Visit here for more info on Elise's teaching studio.