Praised by the Houston Press for performances “full of vigor and spirit,” soprano Elizabeth Gautsche is making a splash at home and beyond. Ms. Gautsche was most recently seen as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Echo Ensemble Austin and in a Czech song recital at the Czech Museum Center Houston. Ms. Gautsche made her professional debut in 2017 with Opera in the Heights as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Previous roles include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rusalka in Dvořák’s Rusalka, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo.
In addition to her operatic career, Ms. Gautsche is a devoted activist for the #MeToo movement and works hand in hand with the Houston Area Women’s Center to educate and empower women in the Houston area. She was the coordinator and soprano soloist of the HAWC’s beneficiary concert, “Exultate! Uplifting women through song” in 2018.
Originally from Brighton, Michigan, Elizabeth Gautsche earned an MM in Voice from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a BM in Voice from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her operatic roles at the Shepherd School include Telemaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She also performed as Norina in Don Pasquale, Rose in Street Scene, Echo in Ariadne auf Noxos, and Frasquita in Carmen in the Shepherd School’s opera scenes productions.
Ms. Gautsche is a passionate and sought after teacher who has taught at Sam Houston State University and maintains a private Houston studio, working closely with high school students from HSPVA and St. Agnes Academy. Ms. Gautsche also served as assistant to the director of Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti summer training intensive in Lucca, Italy.