Mr Elzinga is a champion of new music. He has earned international notice in Peter Maxwell Davies' challenging Eight Songs for a Mad King (New York City, Cleveland, East Hampton, and Santa Monica). He performed the central role in Schoenberg's Die glückliche Hand at Bard Festival, and starred in Elliott Carter's What Next? at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and RAI Torino (also commercially available on ECM Records).
Mr. Elzinga has taken principal solo bows in some of the world’s great concert halls, such as Avery Fisher and Alice Tully in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, RAI Torino in Italy, Disney Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. He is one of the country's sought-after Beethoven Ninth basses, having performed it with Minnesota Orchestra and dozens of other symphony orchestras. Other principal concert appearances include the Verdi Requiem (Santa Rosa Symphony, Florida Orchestra), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s War Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, and a leading turn in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg at Avery Fisher Hall. Mr. Elzinga has worked with many noted conductors, including James Levine.