Lizzy Hoyt, mezzo-soprano

Few vocalists authentically cross genres at the highest levels and maintain professional careers in both areas – but Lizzy Hoyt is one of them. 

Praised by Opera Canada for both her dramatic depth and keen comedic gifts, she is a rising star in the Canadian classical music scene. Recent performances include her “dazzling” debut as Cinderella in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Manitoba Opera and Brott Opera, her role debut as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina for Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (with star-studded cast including Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman), as well as a world-premiere performance of The Ruins of Time by Kevin Lau, commissioned for Lizzy by the MCO. Her most recent Edmonton performance was Rossini’s dramatic cantata Giovanna d’Arco with Edmonton’s Orchestra Borealis.

Winner of the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Traditional Singer of the Year”, Lizzy is also a recognized Celtic songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, guitar, harp). She has given countless concert tours throughout the country, and has been recognized with numerous awards/nominations including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards and Independent Music Awards. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her garden.

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