Elliot Menard is an opera-maker (a vocal performer, composer, producer, and grant writer), passionate about bringing new opera-theater to life.

As a classically-trained mezzo-soprano, she performs opera, art song, and choral repertoire (from early to contemporary), as well as Jewish cantorial music, jazz, improvisation, and extended techniques. She has recently performed in CalArts’ production of HERE BE SIRENS (Kate Soper) as Polyxo, Open Gate Theater’s Hecuba (Will Salmon), New Opera Days Ostrava’s premiere of Partial Memories (Judith Berkson), and Renegade Opera’s Adam’s Run (Ruby Fulton) as Ensemble/Dana Daring cover.

As a composer, she explores how text allows music to emerge, polystylism, and the expressive range of the voice. Her compositions have been programmed at the California Institute of the Arts, the N.E.O. Voice Festival, Open Gate Theater, and Renegade Opera. She is currently developing ORPHEUS/OVID, an opera that explores our dreams with lost loved ones through Ovid’s poetry on the Orpheus myth.

Her producorial practice centers on supporting emerging artists, living composers, and opera’s many forms. She is a Co-Founder of Renegade Opera, a Portland-based company dedicated to creating immersive and accessible opera and promoting institutional reform in the opera industry. 

As a grant writer, she works towards wealth redistribution to increase access in the arts for audiences and artists. She is the Grants Coordinator for Urban Voices Project and also writes grants for the Resonance Collective, Renegade Opera, and independent artist projects. 

She holds an M.F.A. in Voice Arts from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.A. in Classics from Reed College. Originally from New York and currently based in Los Angeles (with 5 years in Portland in between), she works in all three cities.