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Soprano Elizabeth Van Os is one of New York City’s most dynamic performers, making waves not only as soloist and ensemble member but also as a co-founder of the non-profit Pleiades Project. For her efforts, the opera-zine parterre took notice of her “striking impression,” with additional praise from Voce di Meche for her “lovely, affecting” voice and “justifiable passion.”

A lover of concert work, Elizabeth has appeared as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Bach Society, The Astoria Choir, the Collegiate Choir, Ars Musica, and more. Pieces include Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza, David Lang’s Battle Hymns, Song of Norway, and Yotam Haber’s I Am.

In opera, notable roles have included that of Margeurite in Faust and Mimi in La Bohéme, both as Sing Through Central productions. She is a regular invited guest at the Bard SummerScape festival, where she has performed in productions like Anton Rubenstein’s Démon, Dvorâk’s Dimitrij, Pietro Mascagni’s Iris, and Dame Ethel Smyth’s Wreckers.

With an eye towards growing the repertoire, Van Os’s career has a particular focus on collaboration with select contemporary music composers. Recently, she premiered Matthew Brown’s “The Beautiful America” with The Astoria Choir, and also appeared as a featured soloist on the New York Virtuoso Singers recording of music by Katherine Hoover.

Always looking to advance opportunities for women in music, Van Os is the co-founder of The Pleiades Project, a non-profit production company dedicated to creating new performance opportunities for female artists who wish to express the strength, unique vision, and individuality of their art. These include short films of opera scenes, artist spotlights, and live events. Their first short film Così is currently available on their website, while their second short film, Ophélie, is currently in post-production. Outside Pleiades, Van Os creates unique artistic experiences as a music curator for the arts  presenting organization Inception to Exhibition.

Based in New York City, Elizabeth Van Os was born as Elizabeth Smith in  Wendell, Idaho. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School  of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University in  Idaho. Her masterful pedagogues include Katherine Ciesinski, Kristine  Ciesinski, and Rebecca Wascoe, and Bonnie Hamilton.

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“Not only is the voice a lovely affecting one, but her stage presence is way beyond average.”

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“In an arduous but brief walk-on, soprano Elizabeth Smith made a striking impression.”

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There are nice character touches, such as Elizabeth van Os as Jeff Sessions, sneaking cookies in and out of the “televised frame”

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