About Elza

Highlights of Elza van den Heever’s 2019/20 season include role debuts in La Vestale (Julia) at the Theater an der Wien, Wozzeck (Marie) at the Metropolitan Opera, and Die Frau ohne Schatten (Die Kaiserin) singing it first in Paris and then in Rotterdam presented in concert. Later in the season, she revisits the role in a staged production at Dutch National Opera. She also stars as Leonora in Fidelio in Paris under the baton of Simone Young, and lastly, sings Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin at the Opernhaus Zürich.

In the 2018/19 season, Ms. van den Heever’s engagements led her to the Metropolitan Opera with Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia), to Oper Frankfurt with Norma (title role), to the Wiener Staatsoper with Lohengrin (Elsa), and to the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Elektra (Chrysothemis), as well as further concerts with Simone Young in Lausanne, with Bertrand de Billy in Berlin, and Kirill Petrenko in Bregenz.

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Elza van den Heever nominated for the International Opera Awards

Elza van den Heever has been nominated for the International Opera Awards in the Female {…}

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Die Frau ohne Schatten role debut

Building on the collaboration which produced the masterpieces Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier {…}

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Upcoming Performances

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Konzerthaus Dortmund


February 23, 2020

R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten

Rotterdam Philharmonic


April 25, 28, 2020

R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (staged role debut)

Dutch National Opera


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Featured Video

Maria Stuarda: "Figlia impura di Bolena"

Excerpt from the Act I finale of Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' at The Metropolitan Opera

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