Elizabeth Pacheco Rose

Visiting Assistant Professor


Lyric soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose possesses an alluring stage presence with dramatic flexibility; whether singing Mimí, Pamina or Mélisande, she captures the essence of each role. She excels on the operatic stage, as well as in concert, recital and musical theatre. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from baroque to contemporary music. Among some of Elizabeth’s operatic performances are as Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, Roselinde in Die Fledermaus, Mimì in La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande and Abigail in The Crucible. Her many concert appearances have included works such as Handel’s Messiah, Faurè’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Missa Brevis and Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and recently in Donnacha Dennehy’s That the Night Come. A notable recent performance was Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico and conductor Guillermo Figueroa.

Recent engagements include Donna Anna in Piedmont Opera’s Don Giovanni, Micäela in Carmen, Eleonora in Salieri’s opera Prima la musica e poi le parole, Pablo Luna’s zarzuela El asombro de Damasco and performances of Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Winston-Salem Symphony and in performances at the Pablo Casals Festival. Some of her musical theatre performances include Anna in The King and I, Maria in West Side Story, Sara in Guys and Dolls, Grace Farrell in Annie, Cinderella in Into the Woods and most recently as Francesca in The Bridges of Madison Country and in concert with composer Jason Robert Brown. Upcoming, she’ll be singing Margaret in The Light in the Piazza.

A northern Virginia native, she studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for her doctoral work. Previous to this she lived in Italy where she studied and performed. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She resides in North Carolina with her husband Saxton Rose and their children where she teaches at Wake Forest University.

Elizabeth Pachecho Rose Headshot