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Soprano Eleanor Taylor performs throughout the United States as a gifted interpreter of contemporary song, traditional opera and light operetta.  North American appearances have brought her from birthplace Murfreesboro, Tennessee to New York, Boston, San Francisco and Minneapolis.  

Her strong commitment to contemporary music is evident as the Artistic Director of new music ensemble Two Sides Sounding. The ensemble was recently profiled in The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" for their performances in the 2014 BEAT Festival. She regularly collaborates with composers in performances of their vocal music, and has premiered works by dozens of composers including Eve Beglarian, Corey Dargel, Daron Hagen, Edie Hill, Gilda Lyons, Eric Moe, Kala Pierson, Kamala Sankaram and Aleksandra Vrebalov.  She recently recorded the music of Eleanor Cory and Gene Pritsker to be released this year on Composers Concordance Records. She has appeared in readings and concerts of new music-theater works at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, MetroTech Commons, the Alliance Française, Galapagos, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the Cornelia Street Café, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Third Street Settlement with presenters including the BEAT Festival, Queens New Music Festival, Nautilus Music Theater, The Schubert Club, operamission, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, the Brooklyn New Music Collective, Friends and Enemies of New Music, the Composer’s Voice Concert Series, VIM:Tribeca, and The Phoenix Concerts.  With TSS, she has given masterclasses for students at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Minnesota and Macalester College, and the ensemble has won grant awards from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer and the American Composers Forum.

Ms. Taylor is an avid supporter of new dramatic works through developmental readings around New York City.  She has twice been a featured performer in the New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist Studio and has taken part in readings of new shows for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. She was seen as Madame de Bragard in Christian Holder and Noa Ain’s Verse of Fortune at the Alliance Française, and Anna Howard Shaw in Alicia Mathewson's Love According to Luc, which toured to North Dakota. She was a founding member of Brooklyn-based experimental performance group Ensemble Youkali, with whom she sang Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Ravel’s orchestral songs under the baton of Zachary Schwartzman, directed by Emily Howard.  

Operatic roles have included Laurie in The Tender Land, seen throughout the upper Midwest as part of Opera on the Farm, a touring production of working farms, as well as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Mozart’s Pamina and Despina, and Damigella in The Coronation of Poppea.  She has a special interest in Gilbert & Sullivan’s heroines, and has portrayed Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Phyllis in Iolanthe, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado in recent seasons with Light Opera of New Jersey. 

Eleanor Taylor’s vocal studies began in Boston, where she received her undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory.   She earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Mary Lehnarts Scholar and full fellowship recipient during her graduate studies, earning a diploma with academic honors.  She received her American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) teacher certification in August 2014 after 1600 hours of training, and teaches the Alexander Technique privately in Brooklyn and Manhattan with a special interest in use of the technique for performing artists (website here.)  She resides in Brooklyn.