(San Clemente, California)
Celebrated for her “blend of vocal sparkle and theatrical charisma” by the San Francisco Chronicle, California native Elisa Sunshine’s 2021–22 season brings house debuts with San Francisco Opera as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca and Pensacola Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
As a 2019 participant in the Merola Opera Program, she created the role of Selena in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s If I Were You, where she “mined every bit of drama out of Selena’s revelatory final encounter with Diana” (Opera Today). She also sang a “fun, feisty, and powerful” Marie (San Francisco Examiner) in a scene from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment on the War Memorial Opera House stage as part of the Merola Grand Finale.
Previous engagements include Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (Regina Opera), Musetta in La Bohème (Regina Opera, MassOpera), Elizabeth Christine in The Sorrows of Frederick (Center for Contemporary Opera), Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Lowell House Opera), Queen of the Night (Portland Opera To Go, Brevard Music Center) and Madame White Snake in Naga (New England Conservatory, ArtsEmerson/Beth Morrison Projects).
Sunshine received her degrees from New England Conservatory and DePauw University.