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Elaine McKrill trained in London, at the Royal Academy of Music, then privately with Anna Reynolds. Her early roles included Mozart (Elettra, Fiordiligi); Verdi (Abigaille); Wagner (Freia); Tchaikovsky (Tatyana); Puccini (Manon Lescaut) and Britten (Female Chorus). Early Wagner appearances were at the Longborough Festival (Wellgunde, Helmwige) and Scottish Opera (Gutrune in the 2003 Ring cycles; Brünnhilde in a 2002 schools performance of the final scene from Siegfried).

She made her debut with the Royal Opera as Ortlinde Die Walküre, returning for Marianne Der Rosenkavalier, Overseer Elektra. Concert appearances in opera include CBSO (Marianne), BBC Proms (Ortlinde), Swedish Radio (Ortlinde) and the 2017 Edinburgh Festival (Ortlinde). She has appeared regularly for many years with the Edinburgh Players Opera Group and with the Mastersingers Company, singing the leading dramatic soprano roles of Wagner and Strauss.

In Germany she has worked at Neumünster (Elettra); Chemnitz (Freia, Brünnhilde); Stuttgart (Third Norn); Berlin Deutsche Oper (Helmwige) and Magdeburg (Elektra). She also sang Ortlinde at the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

She has appeared in Toronto (Gerhilde); Genoa (Isolde); Skopje (Abigaille); Angers (Isolde); Amsterdam (Helmwige); Dijon (Isolde) and Valencia (Helmwige).

Roles in Scotland

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie
Valkyrie 2002
Valkyrie 2009
Gutrune a Gibichung, Gunther's sister
Götterdämmerung 2003
Isolde an Irish princess
Tristan und Isolde 2005
Tristan und Isolde 2013
Kundry a woman in Klingsor's power
Parsifal 2006
Parsifal 2012
Feldmarschallin Marie-Therese, Princess of Werdenberg (the Field-Marshal's wife)
Rosenkavalier 2014
Ortlinde a Valkyrie
Valkyrie 2017
Elektra daughter of Klytämnestra and Agamemnon
Elektra 2017
Fricka wife of Wotan and goddess of marriage
Rheingold 2019
Fricka Wotan's estranged wife
Valkyrie 2022

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