Soprano Elaine Crane has been hailed by critics as “brilliant… stunning… incandescent… a charming actress… a beautiful voice and a very fine comic actor.” She has performed with numerous performing groups including Longwood Opera, Salisbury Lyric Opera, Savoyard Light Opera Company, New England Light Opera, Lowell Opera, Wachusett Theatre, Worcester County Light Opera, Sudbury Savoyards, Valley Light Opera, Theatre at the Mount, Stageloft Repertory Theatre and New Life Fine Arts.
Gilbert and Sullivan operas are a particular favorite, and “… Crane’s voice and demeanor (are) perfect G&S heroine material…” in roles such as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Yum-Yum (The Mikado). Personal highlights of Elaine’s many stage roles include performing the role of Hodel inFiddler on the Roof opposite Tony-nominated stage and screen personality Eddie Mekka, and creating the role of Squaw Sachem in the original musical Song on the Wind by Concord, MA composer David MacAdam, as well as being featured on the original cast recording. Other favorite stage roles include Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Guenevere (Camelot), Marian Paroo (The Music Man) and Belle (A Christmas Carol).
Equally at home on the recital stage, Elaine’s voice and stage presence have been described by critics as “sparkling… exquisite… absolutely radiant”. As recitalist and oratorio singer, Elaine has been a featured soprano soloist with such groups as the Worcester Chorus, Salisbury Singers, Paul Madore Chorale and Great Waters Music Festival. “Her voice soars…” in such works as the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Rutter, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Mass in C. Her versatility in concert and recital work spans from opera and art song to the lyrical music of Broadway, and Elaine frequently performs a wide variety of sacred and secular concert repertoire.
Elaine is a cum laude graduate of the Boston Conservatory, where she studied opera and vocal performance. She is the founder and executive director of Greater Worcester Opera, an organization dedicated to opera performance and education, with whom she currently performs in their touring operas for children. She is also a member of the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NEGASS).