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Des Moines Metro Opera

Elise reprises her protrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking with Des Moines Metro Opera. Based on the extraordinary book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking is the first opera from the 21st century to be presented at DMMO. From its shocking beginning to its emotionally searing final scene, this opera changes everyone who encounters it. Its stunning score and intense story combine into a work that "must be reckoned something of a masterpiece – a gripping, enormously skillful marriage of words and music to tell a story of love, suffering and spiritual redemption." - San Francisco Chronicle

Listen to an interview with Sister Helen Prejean and Jake Heggie with excerpts from the opera on Iowa Public Radio

Sister Helen says that this opera allows an audience the rare opportunity to get close to the issues surrounding capital punishment. "Music has a way of bringing us to places in our heart we don't even know we have. And it's done masterfully. I couldn't ask for it to be done better than it's being done." - Sister Helen Prejean

Iowa Public Radio

Published: June 28, 2014


Jacksonville Symphony

Elise joins Maestro Fabio Machetti in his farewell appearance as Music Director with the Jacksonville Symphony featuring Mahler's colossal Third Symphony, a tour-de-force for orchestra and voice. Not only is Symphony No. 3 Mahler's longest piece, it is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire, lasting slightly over 90 minutes.

Watch the promotional video for Jacksonville Symphony's performances of Mahler's Third Symphony

Jacksonville Symphony, FL
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Published: May 14, 2013


St Louis Dispatch

Critical acclaim for Elise as Fricka in Die Walküre!
"Mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata is a superb singing actress as well. Her Fricka is an astute lawyer in goddess's clothing, wielding her rich voice with intelligent delivery, to great effect."

Read more excellent reviews here
Published: August 26, 2013


Upcoming Schedule

February 27, 28
March 1, 2014

Verdi Requiem
Jacksonville Symphony

April 27, 2014

Sister Helen - Dead Man Walking
DePaul University

May 16 & 17, 2014

Mahler Third Symphony
Jacksonville Symphony

June 28, July 6, 8, 11 & 19, 2014

Sister Helen - Dead Man Walking
Des Moines Metro Opera











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AtlantisElise sings in Henry Cowell's Atlantis recorded with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein.
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