ELIZABETH A. HAYES is an opera singer committed to unlearning and dismantling the harmful and oppressive systems within the classical music and operatic worlds.
Elizabeth received her bachelor of music degree with a focus in vocal performance from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Since graduating, she has performed with professional regional opera companies and classical music programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Colorado, and France. Elizabeth has twice won first place in the Advanced Division of National Association of Teachers of Singing, and in 2020 won second place in the Colorado-wide competition for Denver Lyric Opera Guild operatic singers. She was selected to participate in master classes with renowned opera singers such as Cherity Koepke and Matthew Polenzani.
Elizabeth seeks to be a part of the reinvention of opera to push boundaries and radicalize the traditional landscape. She is currently working on an operatic music video film project entitled Pants Role: A Coming Into Queerness Tale. This project aims to disrupt the traditional operatic landscape of historic inaccessibility and cis-heteronormativity by using the classic art form to highlight queer stories and experiences. Pants Role will begin production in the summer of 2022.