Elisabeth Leyser is born 1994 in Gällivare and grew up in Länna outside Uppsala, Sweden. She completed her final year at the University College of Opera in Stockholm in June 2019.
Elisabeth has studied with the American baritone Robert Hyman since 2016. Prior to her studies in Stockholm she studied opera and musical theatre at Härnösand Opera Studio/Markaryd Folkhögskola.
Previous engagements included her debut with Norrlandsoperan as Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold at Vattnäs Konsertlada. During the autumn of 2018 Elisabeth sung the role of Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly at the Royal Swedish Opera, where she also took part in their New Year’s Concert. She did her graduation production as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Wermland Opera in Karlstad in the Spring of 2019.
During her studies at the University College of Opera, Elisabeth has sung the roles of Gertrude Hamlet (Thomas) and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel. Outside of the college, for Södertälje Opera, she has sung Orlovsky Die Fledermaus and Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini).
She is a recipient of the Anders Wall Giresta Award 2019, a Bayreuth Stipend from the Gothenburg Wagner Society 2019, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien National Stipend 2018 (from Leijonmark’s fund), as well as a grant from the Kerstin Meyer & Björn Bexelius fund at the Friends of the University College of Opera.