Eleanor Mayerfeld is a soprano from Madison, Wisconsin. She recently made her operatic lead role debut as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Miami Music Festival, where she was hailed for her “free, clear top range and finely pointed phrasing” (South Florida Classical Review). Earlier this spring, she sang Papagena in MassOpera’s reimagined production of The Magic Flute.
Eleanor received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Middlebury College, where she was an active member of the early music and chamber ensemble Middlebury Collegium Musicum and a featured soloist at the Middlebury Bach Festival. She was honored to return to Middlebury this year as a soloist in the world premiere of Salve Regina, a choral work by Ukrainian composer Dmytro Malyi dedicated to Ukraine and its people who are suffering from the brutal Russian invasion.
Eleanor is also an accomplished fiddler. At fifteen years old, she was crowned Grand Fiddling Champion at the Wisconsin State Fair. She continues to perform jazz, klezmer, and Americana in the folk cabaret band Elm Duo. One of her most exciting recent projects with the Elm Duo was writing and performing The Green Cousin, a folk ballet created with Kanopy Dance for the 2022 Fermentation Fest in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
Currently, Eleanor is the Robert and Esta Equity Scholar at the Longy School of Music, where she is studying under Angela Gooch for a Master of Music in Vocal Studies. She is delighted to take the operatic stage once again as Gretel in Longy’s production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel this fall.