Martha Elliott, soprano

Martha Elliott

Martha Elliott has enjoyed a rich and varied performing career including a wide variety of repertoire and styles. Her crystalline voice, impeccable musicianship and dynamic stage presence are equally at home in music of the Baroque with period instruments, opera, musical theatre, chamber music and the contemporary avant-guard. She has toured all over the world with the new music ensemble Continuum, performing in New York City, South America, Europe and Asia as well as throughout the U.S. She has worked with over 50 composers on their new works, and been critically acclaimed for her performances of Pierrot Lunaire, and music of John Cage, as well as for the role of Miranda in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard's opera The Tempest.

She has also presented world premieres with the Princeton University Orchestra on tour throughout Eastern Europe and the U.K. She is a member of Philadelphia's Network for New Music and has appeared at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival as well as New York's Knitting Factory and Sonic Boom Festival. She is featured on the CD Geenyoch, music of Jennifer Margaret Barker, which was nominated for three Grammy awards, including best new piece, sung by Martha Elliott.

Graduating with honors from Princeton University, she went on to receive a Masters from Juilliard, where she studied with Ellen Faull. She worked with Jan DeGaetani at Aspen, Phyllis Curtin at Tanglewood, and George McKinley in Philadelphia. Before coming to Princeton, she spent summers at Interlochen singing Gilbert and Sullivan, and summers on Cape Cod doing musical theatre and sailing. She has been teaching at Princeton University since 1985 and is married to conductor Michael Pratt. They have a daughter, Emily and a Beagle, Thisbe.