Elizabeth Sikora

Elizabeth Sikora’s many roles for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden have included Annina La Traviata, Giovanna Rigoletto, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Filipyevna Eugene Onegin, Yetta Zimmerman Sophie’s Choice (Nicholas Maw), 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, 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 and Maddalena Linda di Chamounix. Conductors she has worked with include Antonio Pappano, Jiři Bělohlávek, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Richard Hickox, Sir Charles Mackerras, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Barry Wordsworth.

Elizabeth Sikora’s international débuts have included the Prole Woman in 1984 by Lorin Maazel at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Forester’s Wife Cunning Little Vixen at the Grand Théâtre de Genève where she returned to sing Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes and Spirit of Antonia’s Mother Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Nationale Reisopera. For her début at English National Opera she sang Susanna Khovanschina, for Opera North Florence Pike Albert Herring and for Scottish Opera the Swiss Grandmother Death of Klinghoffer at the Edinburgh Festival. She performed The Wife The Lion's Face by Elena Langer and Glyn Maxwell for The Opera Group in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House and Eunice Hubbel A Streetcar Named Desire under André Previn with the London Symphony Orchestra. With the Chelsea Opera Group she has sung the roles of Mamma Lucia Cavalleria rusticana, Countess de Coigny Andrea Chénier and Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon. She also sang Filipyevna Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park. She made her role debut as Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro at the Festival Rotas dos Monumentos in Portugal.

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

She has sung in concert performances as The Nurse Roméo et Juliette and in Les Noces for NPS Radio at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Mother Mavra (Stravinsky) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and La Patronne Margot le Rouge (Delius) 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.

Elizabeth Sikora’s recordings include Jenůfa for Warner Classics and DVD’s include Mayerling and Les Noces with the Royal Ballet, and Giovanna Rigoletto and Maddalena Linda di Chamounix with the Royal Opera. She has appeared in several television and radio broadcasts of productions from the Royal Opera House.

Elizabeth Sikora’s recent engagements include Mistress of the Novices Suor Angelica for the Royal Opera, the roles of Grandmother Buryja Jenůfa, and Zita and La Abuela in the double bill of Gianni Schicchi and La Vida Breve for Opera North, Giovanna Rigoletto, Mère Jeanne Dialogues des Carmelites and Third Maid Elektra, for the Royal Opera, Florence Pike Albert Herring for her début at Opera North, Sea Pictures under Barry Wordsworth, Katarina Schratt Mayerling and Les Noces for the Royal Ballet, and the role of A Lady in a recording of Satanella by Balfe under Richard Bonynge.

Her future engagements include further performances as Annina for The Royal Opera.

March 2016

Teresa / La sonnambula /Royal Opera House Covent Garden

 “ . . .Elizabeth Sikora deserves a special mention for making much of little as Amina’s foster mother . . .” 

Financial Times / Richard Fairman

Filipyevna / Eugene Onegin /Royal Opera House Covent Garden

 “ . . . Elizabeth Sikora, a vivacious Filipyevna . . .”

The Daily Telegraph

“ ….and two seasoned British mezzos – Diana Montague and Elizabeth Sikora - to put over the roles of Mother and Nurse with style and musicality . . .” 

The Times

“ . . . and Elizabeth Sikora, a delightful Nurse . . .” 

Mail on Sunday

“ . . . Other standouts include ……. and Elizabeth Sikora’s characterful Nurse . . .” 

 The Stage

 Katherina Schratt / Mayerling / Royal Ballet

“ . . . 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 . . .” 

The Independent on Sunday

Sister Marthe / Cyrano de Bergerac / Royal Opera House

“ . . . and Elizabeth Sikora, a telling presence in her tiny scene as Sister Marthe . . .”

The Sunday Times 

The Old Woman / The Greek Passion / Royal Opera House

“ . . . perfectly focused cameos from old pros such as Robert Lloyd and Elizabeth Sikora . . .” 

The Daily Telegraph

Innkeeper’s Wife / The Cunning Little Vixen / Royal Opera

“ . . . The lesser human roles are well taken…especially Elizabeth Sikora as the Innkeeper’s Wife, wearily gentle and deep . . .” 

Financial Times

Maid / Jenůfa / Royal Opera

“ . . . A fine supporting cast featured strong cameos from (inter alia) Elizabeth Sikora . . .” 

 The Daily Telegraph

Susanna / Khovanshchina / English National Opera

“ . . . there were excellent cameos from Robin Leggate (Scribe) and Elizabeth Sikora (Susanna) . . .” 

The Daily Telegraph

Masha / The Queen of Spades / Royal Opera

“ . . . Elizabeth Sikora, unobtrusively vivid and touching as Masha . . .” 

The Sunday Times

“ . . . The many lesser roles are well taken; a special word for Marianna Tarasova as Liza’s confidante and for Elizabeth Sikora as her maid, who register appealing characters in a brief space . . .” 

Financial Times

Giovanna / Rigoletto / Royal Opera

“ . . . Among the smaller roles, Elizabeth Sikora’s Giovanna and Grant Doyle’s Marullo were well in the picture . . .” 

Financial Times

“ . . . “Elizabeth Sikora made much of little as Giovanna . . .”


“ . . . Elizabeth Sikora’s bawd of a Giovanna is a cameo gem . . .” 

The Stage

“ . . . Gilda’s duenna, Giovanna, is usually a cipher, but here, as played by Elizabeth Sikora, she is a sinister calculating operator . . .” 

The Sunday Times

Annina / La traviata / Royal Opera

“ . . . Elizabeth Sikora, a formidable Annina . . .” 


Elizabeth Sikora