After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Elisa Wilson was invited to join the West Australian Opera as a cadet soprano, making her debut as Despina in Cosi fan Tutte. Other roles for WAO have included the title role in The Merry Widow, Marguerite in Faust, Nanetta in Falstaff, Micaela in Carmen, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Norina in Don Pasquale, Adina in The Elixir of Love, Musetta in La bohème, Nedda in Pagliacci, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Alice Ford in Falstaff and two World Premieres - Nanette in The Eureka Stockade and Heloise in Heloise and Abelard.
Elisa has also performed for the Victoria State Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and The Girl in The Emperor of Atlantis. In conjunction with the Spoleto Festival in Melbourne, she also sang Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos. She made her debut with Opera Australia as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream performing at the 1994 Edinburgh Festival; for that company, she has also repeated Helena in Sydney and was featured as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus at the Sydney Opera House, and Musetta in a new production of La bohème.
A regular soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Elisa has also appeared with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Perth Light Opera, the Perth Oratorio Choir, the Australian Pops Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra, the Sydney University Musical Society, and the Vienna Male Voice Choir, as well as concerts for Opera Australia. In 1992, she won the Armstrong-Marten Award.
In recent seasons, Elisa has sung Pamina and Musetta for WAO, Mrs Murrant in Singapore Lyric Opera’s Street Scene, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Pamina and First Lady in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia, Frasquita in Carmen for the University of Otago and appeared in concert in Brisbane, Perth, Osaka, Tokyo and Macau.
In 2010/2011, she sang Nedda in Pagliacci and Alice Ford in Falstaff for West Australian Opera; she also took the soprano solos in Carmina Burana for WASO. 2012 saw performances as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and First Lady in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia as well as concert appearances in China.