Elise Mark is a passionate artist whose primary mission is to create community through music and storytelling. She stays actively involved in large scale operas, musicals and cabaret, and self-produced performances that reach audiences all across the United States.
In her most recent role debut of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, 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). Elise was also named a Semi-Finalist in the Annapolis Opera 2019 Vocal Competition.
Other recent operatic 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.
Elise frequently participates and produces unique programs and concerts for the community that include professional musicians, amateur students, and elements of education and engagement. She is a current member of Opera on Tap Philadelphia, an organization making opera fun and accessible to the Philly community. Recent self-produced concerts include a Community Concert in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia at the Drummers Jazz Club, which featured professional musicians and ensembles, student performances, and a community singalong, and an Art Song Workshop at The Common Room, a place for womxn/nonbinary artists to show & sell their work, featuring performances and education on classical art songs from the Classical and Romantic periods.
Not only is Elise interested in introducing classical music to wider audiences, but she is also interested in breaking down walls and barriers for people to become musicians in their own right. Elise recently co-founded New Groove Music Studio, a company whose mission is to build a community of thriving musicians that use their talent, creativity, and passions to find success in the music industry. The myriad of training aspects and opportunity through New Groove shows students by way of experience and example how to make music that impacts others. She is also the co-creator and host of My So-Called Opera Life, a podcast with a mission to connect, inform, inspire, and empower musicians everywhere.
Elise is a not only a talented musician, but also an accomplished voice actor. Elise is currently the voice of Emma Barnes on the horror podcast, Weeping Cedars. She has also been featured as the voice for hundreds of business including Panda Express, Moovaz, and Modholic.
Upcoming engagements include Mabel in the operetta Pirates of Penzance. In 2017, Elise produced and sang a solo recital entitled Love and Light, in which each piece highlighted an innate human emotion and how exquisitely vocal music can depict it. Her ensemble, Bow & Breath, with violinist Michael Shingo Crawford is a duo exploring the thrilling possibilities of voice and strings through performing electrifying arrangements of staples in the vocal repertoire as well as astonishing, yet lesser-known works by composers from the Romantic era to modern day. Elise and Michael share a passion for storytelling by presenting narrative-driven music — a mission that shines through in the duo’s programming.
Elise is a passionate and talented musician with a drive to use music to connect with others, empower students, inspire the world.