Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre
Elizabeth Truitt, soprano, has performed with opera companies across the United States in such roles as Alice Ford in Falstaff, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, the Countess in le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Giorgetta in il tabarro, Mother in Hänsel und Gretel and other roles in the spinto soprano repertoire. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Elizabeth has sung a variety of works including Vaughn William's Sinfonia Antartica, Dubois's Seven Last Words of Christ, Faure's Requiem, Bach’s Ein feste Burg and Verdi's Requiem. She is also a frequent recitalist and enjoys collaborating with other musicians to bring attention to rarely heard repertoire. Noted for her interpretation of the 20th century repertoire, she sang the role of Lady Macbeth in the world premiere of American composer Richard Faith's Scenes from Macbeth (a role specifically written for her) and has appeared to critical acclaim in Carlisle Floyd's monodrama Flower and Hawk in the role of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
2019 marks Elizabeth’s fifth year at Ball State University where she teaches musical theatre majors in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She also teaches some students in the School of Music, which keeps her connected to the classical repertoire. These few years have brought wonderful opportunities to collaborate with both students and faculty. Elizabeth was a featured soloist on Sutton Foster’s most recent album Take Me to the World. In 2018, she was part of Puccini’s rarely produced il trittico with the Ball State Opera, singing the role of Giorgetta in il tabarro as a centennial celebration of both Puccini’s opera and Ball State University. She also musical directed the Department of Theatre and Dance’s American Idiot in the Fall of 2018.
A sought-after master clinician, Elizabeth has presented classes on singing both the classical and musical theatre repertoire and has worked with several Young Artists Programs including directing Asheville Lyric Opera’s Young Artist Program (North Carolina) with her husband, Jon Truitt from 2013-2018. She has co-directed, musical directed and/or coached a variety of shows in recent years including South Pacific, American Idiot, L’elisir d’amore, Béatrice et Bénédict, le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Man of la Mancha, Carousel, and Hansel and Gretel.
Elizabeth received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Baylor University, where she studied under internationally recognized pedagogue John Van Cura. She has previously served on the faculty of the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, Southeastern Louisiana University, and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Her students have gone on to such prestigious graduate programs as Yale, Harvard, NYU, Brown, ACT, UCSD, Rutgers, UC Irvine and have worked in Regional Theatres, National Tours, on Broadway, in Film, and on Television.