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OPERA NEWS Awards Honorees: Elza van den Heever

“Elza van den Heever is an authentic stage animal whose performances are imbued with singular power and spontaneity. Tall and striking, with a full, rich soprano, she is a mesmerizing presence in any role. But there is more than meets the eye in van den Heever’s work, as she confessed in a 2017 interview with Mike Silverman of AP. “I would call myself a little socially awkward,” she said. “But onstage I see that as a big plus. I’m able to just be somebody else and not worry about what people think of me. I give myself the freedom to just go there.” And “go there” is just what this soprano does—to the delight of audiences wherever she sings.” – F. Paul Driscoll

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