Elaine McKrill

  • Tannhäuser – Venus
  • Tristan und Isolde – Isolde
  • Parsifal – Kundry
  • Die Walküre – Brünnhilde
  • Siegfried – Brünnhilde
  • Götterdämmerung – Brünnhilde


A graduate and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a former winner of the Mastersingers’ Wagner Singers Competition, Elaine now specialises in the operas of Wagner and Strauss.

Her Wagner performances include Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) for Oper Chemnitz, Brünnhilde (Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung for the Mastersingers and the Edinburgh Opera Players Group, Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) for Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra Dijon and in Genoa and Edinburgh, Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) and Brünnhilde (Siegfried) for Scottish Opera, Sieglinde (Die Walküre) cover for Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Ortlinde Die Walküre for the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Salzburg Festival, with the Hallé Orchestra, the Mastersingers, the BBC Proms, the Philharmonia and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, and at the Edinburgh International Festival, Helmwige (Die Walküre) for Deutsche Oper – Berlin, Netherlands Opera and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Gerhilde Die Walküre for Canadian Opera Company, Third Norn (Götterdämmerung) in Stuttgart, Siegrune (Die Walküre) and Second Norn (Gotterdämmerung) for State Opera of South Australia, Freia Das Rheingold for Oper Chemnitz, Adriano (Rienzi) and Kundry (Parsifal) for Palace Opera and Ortrud (Lohengrin) in concert in Limoges.  For Saffron Opera Group Elaine has previously sung Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) and Kundry (Parsifal).

Elaine made her Strauss debut as Marianne Leitmetzerin (Der Rosenkavalier) at Covent Garden where she later sang Die Aufseherin and covered the title role in Elektra under Andris Nelsons and directed by Charles Edwards.  She was also engaged by Netherlands Opera to sing and cover these roles.  She sang Marianne Leitmetzerin in concert with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Die Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) in concert in Edinburgh.  A career highlight was her critically acclaimed debut in October 2015 as Elektra for Theater Magdeburg.

In addition to her Wagner and Strauss repertoire, Elaine has covered the role of Kostelnicka  ( Jenůfa ) for English National Opera and Gertrud  (Hänsel und Gretel)  for Glyndebourne.  At Opera North, Elaine has covered Anna Maurrant (Street Scene), the title role in Fidelio and Freia ( Das Rheingold) .