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Music Alumna Earns Praise for Role in 'The Secret Garden'

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Elisa Matthews

Elisa Matthews ('00 M.M. Pedagogy and Performance) recently played the role of Lily Craven in Philadelphia's Arden Theatre production of The Secret Garden. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "...when Archibald sings with the ghost of his late wife, Lily (Elisa Matthews), the results are hauntingly vivid" and "'A Girl in the Valley' and 'How Could I Ever Know' were splendid duets, with Coon and Matthews." Philadelphia Magazine praised Elisa's "shimmering soprano" and DC Metro described Elisa's voice as "glittering." The Allentown Morning Call wrote, "The Secret Garden requires strong singers and Arden had that in Jeffrey Coon's tortured Archibald Craven and Elisa Matthews' ethereal Lily Craven, whose arias are phenomenal." Theatre Sensation said, "Playing Lily, Archibald’s deceased wife who haunts him, is Elisa Matthews. Matthews appears almost angelic throughout the show, and her voice is stunning, particularly in 'How Could I Ever Know.'” The run of The Secret Garden was extended due to popular demand. Full story