Elizabeth Sikora, Mezzo Soprano – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Elizabeth Sikora


Highly praised for her “strong cameos and telling presence… ”


Elizabeth Sikora’s many roles at the Royal Opera House have included Annina La Traviata, Giovanna Rigoletto, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte and Filipyevna Eugene Onegin, along with many other notable roles.

Read Elizabeth Sikora’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Annina La Traviata, Giovanna Rigoletto Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Grandmother Buryja Jenůfa Opera North


Prole Woman Italian première Lorin Maazel’s opera 1984 Teatro alla Scala, Milan, conducted by the composer


“…Elizabeth Sikora gave a stellar performance as Teresa, singing with warmly burnished tone and captivating sympathy…

“…Elizabeth Sikora, a vivacious Filipyevna.

“…the musical high point is the on-stage recital by contralto Elizabeth Sikora, who sings accompanied by piano to the assembled royal party…exquisitely delivered…”




Highly praised for her “strong cameos” (Daily Telegraph) and “telling presence” (Sunday Times) Elizabeth Sikora’s many roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, have included Annina La Traviata, Giovanna Rigoletto, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Filipyevna Eugene Onegin, Yetta Zimmerman Sophie’s Choice, Spirit of Antonia’s Mother Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Innkeeper’s Wife The Cunning Little Vixen, Maid Jenůfa, Praskowia The Merry Widow, Old Woman The Greek Passion, Feklusha Kátya Kabanová, Servant Die Ägyptische Helena, Voice from Above Die Frau ohne Schatten, Third Maid Elektra, Masha Pique Dame, Dubious Old Lady The Gambler, Schwertleite and Rossweise Die Walküre, Mother Superior Cyrano de Bergerac, Teresa La sonnambula, Maestra delle novizie Suor Angelica, Mère Jeanne Dialogues des Carmélites, and Maddalena Linda di Chamounix.

Her international engagements have included the Prole Woman 1984 conducted by the composer Lorin Maazel at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Forester’s Wife Cunning Little Vixen and Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Spirit of Antonia’s Mother at the Nederlandse Reisopera. 

She sang Susanna Khovanschina for English National Opera, Florence Pike Albert Herring, Grandmother Buryja Jenůfa, Zita Gianni Schicchi and La Abuela La Vida Breve for Opera North, and Swiss Grandmother Death of Klinghoffer for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh International Festival.  Engagements have also included Eunice Hubbel A Streetcar Named Desire under André Previn with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mamma Lucia Cavalleria rusticana, Countess de Coigny Andrea Chénier and Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon for Chelsea Opera Group, Filipyevna Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park and Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro at the Festival Rotas dos Monumentos in Portugal. 

Elizabeth Sikora also has a long association with the Royal Ballet for whom she has sung in Mayerling, Masquerade, Les Noces, Still Life at the Penguin Café, There Where She Loves and Le Tricorne.  She performed Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder for the premiere of Resolution, choreographed by Wayne Eagling for English National Ballet.

Opera performances in concert have included The Nurse Roméo et Juliette and Mezzo Soloist Les Noces for NPS Radio at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Mother Mavra (Stravinsky) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and La Patronne in Delius Margot le Rouge with BBC Symphony Orchestra, both broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Elizabeth Sikora’s extensive concert and oratorio repertoire features all the standard works including Bach St Matthew Passion, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Dvorak Stabat Mater and Requiem, Elgar Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures, Mahler Kindertotenlieder and Das Lied von der Erde, Janáçek Glagolitic Mass, Mendelssohn Elijah, Rossini Stabat Mater, Schubert Mass in A flat, Tippett A Child of Our Time and Verdi Requiem.

Conductors she has worked with include Jiři Bělohlávek, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Richard Hickox, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Antonio Pappano, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Barry Wordsworth.

Elizabeth Sikora’s recordings include Jenůfa for Warner Classics, DVDs of Mayerling and Les Noces with the Royal Ballet, Rigoletto and Linda di Chamounix with the Royal Opera, and A Lady in a recording of Satanella by Balfe under Richard Bonynge.   She appeared in many television, radio and cinema broadcasts from the Royal Opera House.

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Elizabeth Sikora – Pastuchyna (Herdswoman) – Jenůfa, Janáček

Janáček: Jenůfa

“A wonderful memento of a powerful operatic night at Covent Garden, of one of Bernard Haitink’s last productions as the house’s music director… Jenufa is now established as a repertoire work…and it’s not difficult to realise why. It’s a work of tremendous power and beauty, and spectacularly well done on this new recording.”


Satanella – Balfe

Balfe: Satanella

Balfe’s opera Satanella was his 23rd opera, and was premiered at Covent Garden in 1858. The work is a hybrid of classical opera tradition and stand-alone songs. This release is performed by the John Powell Singers and the Victorian Opera Orchestra under the direction of Richard Bonynge.


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