Born in New York City and raised in Russia, the classically trained Elizaveta bills her sound as “opera pop,” which is enough to make anybody nervous. But don’t worry.
Born in New York City and raised in Russia, the classically trained Elizaveta bills her sound as “opera pop,” which is enough to make anybody nervous. But don’t worry –– she’s not one to engage in gratuitous vocal pyrotechnics. (Apologies to Mariah and Christina, and everyone who ever graduated from “American Idol.”)
Rather, she’s prone to mixing elements of pop, classical, opera and soul for a style that sounds both current and from a place outside of time — although she does, every so often, venture into operatic asides that are as jaw-dropping as they are heartbreaking.
About ‘Beatrix Runs’
Elizaveta calls “Beatrix Runs” — her debut full-length LP, which she'll debut Jan. 24 at a kickoff show in Boston, Mass. — “an alchemical distillation of me as a human," which might sound pretentious if it weren’t actually an appropriate description of the album’s impressive collection of styles and themes.
It’s hard not to compare her with Adele, particularly on tracks like “Meant,” a torch song that recalls the top-selling chanteuse’s remarkable vocal timbre and soulful delivery. But in both Elizaveta’s lyrics and her music, equal parts whimsy and melancholy, you’re just as likely to hear shades of Regina Spektor — like on the airy, jazzy “Snow in Venice” — or even the likes of alt-folkie Kathleen Edwards on trenchant folk pop numbers like “Nightflyers.”
Still, trying to pigeonhole her is a fairly fruitless enterprise. She’s a true original.
In addition to the tracks mentioned above, check out:
Soaring album-opener “Dreamer,” mixing chorally inspired vocals, classical piano and electronic beats.
“Onion,” a string-fueled rumination on loneliness.
“Odi et Amo,” a truly operatic paean to dark romance.