Elizabeth Turnbull, BMus (UofA), Opera Diploma (UofT)

CTLect, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept


CTLect, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
(780) 492-8985
3-35 Fine Arts Building
8807 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2C9


Elizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’.  Her many credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco) and on tour in Europe. 

Her roles range from the baroque (‘Juno’ in Semele), to the romantic (Carmen), modern (‘Augusta Tabor’ in the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe) and new (creating the role of ‘Maria Picariello’ in Filumena).  

Concert experience has included the oratorios of Bach, Bruckner, Handel, Mendelssohn, Saint Saens and Vivaldi, the symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler, the songs of Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov, as well as numerous new music compositions.  

Recent and upcoming performances include the re-creation of the role of ‘Elizabeth’ in Opera on the Avalon’s new John Estacio opera, Ours, as well as a reprise of ‘Maria’ in Calgary Opera’s 2017 remount of Filumena, and the role of ‘Larina’ in Eugene Onegin with Calgary Opera in February of 2018.

Ms. Turnbull's discography includes 3 CDs with Toronto's Bach Consort, two recordings with the Ukrainian Art Song Project (songs of Lysenko and Stepovyi), as well as a self-produced disc of Irish and Scottish Songs, entitled ‘The Meeting of the Waters’. Many of her Canadian operatic performances have been heard across the country on CBC's ‘Saturday Afternoon at the Opera’.  
Ms. Turnbull is an instructor of voice in addition to being an instructor of chamber music at the University of Alberta’s Department of Music, where she has been teaching since 2009. She is in demand as an adjudicator and a clinician at young artist’s programs and music festivals across the country. 


Areas of Research & Interest:

Acoustic Phonetics  
Bel Canto, Coffin Vocal Technique
Oratorio & Orchestral Literature
Art Song
Alexander Technique


Areas of Instruction:
Vocal Studio Instruction

Ensemble Instruction:
Instructor of Chamber Music

Awards and Achievements:
2017 Alumni Award of Excellence, University of Alberta
2017 Unit Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Department of Music
2018 Momentum Mental Health Leader Award