Elena Xanthoudakis

Elena Xanthoudakis

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

UK based AU/EU singer working freelance worldwide.
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«Elena Xanthoudakis is made for this sort of role: she has a very beautiful voice and knows how to use it, full of feints and curlicues, vulnerabilities and subtleties. … Donizetti on top form – and Pia’s death genuinely tragic. Great stuff. 5 stars»
OPERA NOW – APRIL EDITION 2016 (2017)
«In the title role, Elena Xanthoudakis is a clear standout, bravura coloratura flurries and stratospheric ascents coupled with impressive carrying power, vivid characterisation and a superb display of fury when maligned by accusations of promiscuity and treachery. ---- THE AUSTRALIAN – SEPT 2015 ____________________________________ THIS LA TRAVIATA BELONGS TO VIOLETTA AND HER LOVER.»
THE TIMES 2015 (2017)
«....But it is the women that steal the show – and one woman in particular. Elena Xanthoudakis as Gilda is dazzling. The role has the potential to be a dull stock character – a naïve female victim. But Xanthoudakis has it all: the adolescent playfulness of the Duke’s daughter, the youthful terror of the adult world she’s been thrust into and, above all, the notes. It was and is an opera well worth seeing, if only to catch a rising star in Elena Xanthoudakis.»
LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE, 17TH MARCH 2014 (2017)
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2017Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreAdina
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2016Bellini: I Capuleti e I MontecchiGiulietta
2015Rossini: Le Comte OryAdèle
2012Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia Di Lammermoor
2011Bellini: La SonnambulaAmina
2011Bellini: La SonnambulaLisa
2006Bizet: CarmenFrasquita

Bio


Award winning and versatile soprano, Elena Xanthoudakis is an expressive performer whose enthusiastic reviews speak of her captivating and engaging performances. 

Performances in 2015 include performing Nino Rotas’ Mysterium with the Verdi Orchestra in Milan, performing in a Gala Tribute concert for Maria Callas in the Herodion Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis, Athens with the Greek National Opera and another Maria Callas Gala, this time at the al-Bustian festival in Lebanon as well as her debut as Violetta in La Traviata for Winslow Hall.  An extremely busy 2015 also saw Elena's debut as Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) for Melbourne Opera, perform Bach’s cantata ‘Weichet Nur” BWV 202 for the Melbourne Musicians Chamber Orchestra, a return as Pamina in Die Zauberflote for Opera de Quebec and her debut as Giulietta in I Capuletti e i Montecchi for the Greek National Opera, in a co-production with Verona and La Fenice.

In 2016, Elena commenced the year singing title role in Donizetti's 'Pia di Tolomei' for English Touring Opera and made her debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Winslow Hall Opera. She also made her debut as Anna Bolena for Melbourne Opera to resounding acclaim, and performing in concerts and recitals in Australia and recitals with her Trio, The Mermaid Trio in the UK.  Elena is looking forward to singing Pamina again, this time in New York City in 2017, details to be released soon and Adina in L'elisir d'amore - details to be released soon.

2014 performances include, Gilda in Opera Queensland’s new production of Rigoletto for which she received exceptional reviews, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Winslow Hall, September 2014, again to enthusiastic acclaim.  Elena also performed in a series of concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as recitals and concerts in London, including a ‘Winter Prom’ at St John Smith Square in December 2014 where she performed Mozart’s rarely performed masterpiece, the concert aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te” Op. 505 with concert pianist Jayson Gillham and orchestra.  2013 performances included a return to the British Music Festival to sing Sullivan’s Golden Legend and her return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York to cover both Gilda in Rigoletto and Countess Adele in Comte Ory, Mozart’s Requiem for the Melbourne Symphony, as well as singing First Niece in Peter Grimes for the  Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.  2012 began with performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra New Year’s  concerts with Nicholas McGegan, and her return to sing for them again in February for Beethoven’s Mass in C with Louis Langrée. This was followed by a concerts in Australia to promote the CD release ‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ with TrioKROMA (piano, voice and clarinet). She then made her Glyndebourne debut as Clorinda La Cenerentola, as well as performing Carmina Burana for the Oxford Philharmusica, singing Delius’s 7 Danish Orchestral Songs for the British Music Festival.  Elena then returned to the  English National Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute to excellent acclaim and performed Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 2011 saw Elena Xanthoudakis perform Messiah with the RSNO, Marzelline Fidelio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the Brighton Festival and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Brighton Fringe and covering Countess Adele, Le Comte Ory for the Metropolitan Opera of New York. She performed Jemmy Guillaume Tell (BBC Proms) with Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecila and sang both Lisa and Amina Sonnambula at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.    

Other successes include her Canadian debut at Opera de Quebec as Lucia di Lammermoor, Frasquita Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (‘07,’09,’11), Adina L’elisir d’amore for Scottish Opera and Victorian Opera, Miss Schlesen Satyagraha at ENO (’07 & ’10), Euridice and Genio in Haydn’s L’anima del Filosofo for Pinchgut Opera – 2010. 

General biog info: 

Elena has performed with such orchestras as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Camerata, Orchestra de Quebec, Oxford Philomusica, Royal Philharmonic Orchesta, Krakow and Poznan Filharmonia Orchestras, Mozarteum Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma.  In concert and recital, Elena has performed in Japan, Hong-Kong, St Petersburg, Montreal, and Quebec-City, in Germany, the U.S and throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland, and Italy.Elena’s concert engagements include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mass in C, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Bach’s Missa Brevis, B Minor Mass, St.John Passion, St.Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio & several cantatas, Delius 7 Danish Orchestral Songs, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah and Jeptha, Mozart Requiem, Exultate Jubilate, Mozart Concert Arias at Salzburg’s prestigious ‘Mozart Woche’, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder, Sutherland’s ‘Golden Legend’ and the Vivaldi and the Poulenc Gloria’s. 

Elena has performed for such opera houses as English National Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera de Quebec, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Victorian Opera (Melbourne), Pinchgut Opera (Sydney), Opera Queensland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Opera National du Rhin and the BBC Proms.

Elena’s operatic roles include Amina and Lisa La Sonnambula; Marzelline, Fidelio; Leila, Les pêcheurs de perles; Frasquita and Micaela, Carmen; Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor; Adina, L’elisir d’amore; Miss Schlesen, Satyagraha;  Amor, Orfeo ed Euridice; Iris, Semele; Dalinda, Ariodante; Euridice and Genio, L’anima del Filosofo; Krista, Věc Makropulos; Blonde, Die Enftürung aud dem Seragil; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte; Ismene Mitridate Re di Ponto; Xenia, Boris Godunoff; Sister Constance, Dialogue of the Carmelites; Dido, Dido and Aeneas; Matilde, Matilde di Shabran; Jemmy, Guillaume Tell; La Contessa di Folleville, Il viaggio a Rheims; Clorinda, La Cenerentola; Comtesse Adele, Le Comte Ory; Ann Truelove, The Rake’s Progress; Gilda, Rigoletto, amongst others..Elena has won over 80 first prizes in Competition and Eisteddfodau in Australia. Elena as won prizes in ’Herald Sun Aria’, ‘Australian Youth Aria’, Australian National Liederfest, ‘Sydney Performing Arts Challenge-McDonalds Aria’, and the ‘Marianne Mathy Awards’, Marten Bequest Scholarship, received an Australian Arts Council Grant to study in London and an ‘Acclaim Award’ to study in Florence at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. International prizes include being a multi-laureate at the ‘Jeunesse Musicales – Voix’, Montreal (including receiving the prize for ‘Best performance of the set Canadian composition’), the ‘Tait Memorial Trust Vocal Prize’ in the Performing Australian Music Competition, London and is a prizewinner in Placido Domingo’s  ‘Operalia.’ Elena also won the ‘Maria Callas International Grand Prix’ (Oratorio – Lied) in Athens, the prestigious ‘International Mozart Competition’ in Salzburg, and both the female first-prize and overall Grand prize in the ‘International Adam Didur Opera Singers Competition’ Poland. 

Elena is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Artist.Elena Xanthoudakis holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a Graduate Diploma of Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts as well as a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Melbourne. While on scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, she also received her second Master of Music with distinction. Elena also undertook studies in part of the young artist programme at the Maggio Musicale (2003) and the Harewood Young Artist Programme  ENO. Elena was awarded a Solti Foundation Award to undertake Italian language studies in Florence and has participated in masterclasses at the Opera Studio at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome with La Signora Scotto.

Recordings include: Frasquita, Carmen (ROH – Decca DVD); Krista, The Makropulos Case (ENO – Chandos CD); Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – ABC Classics CD); Euridice & Genio, L’anima del filosofo (Pinchgut Opera Live CD); Jemmy, Guillaume Tell (Accademia di Santa Cecilia – EMI CD); Frasquita, Carmen (ROH – 3D cinema release and Bluray DVD). Current Release: ‘Jewels of the Bel Canto – Arias Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Rossini’ with Maestro Richard Bonynge and the RNS (SIGNUM)., The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ – German Romantic music for piano, voice & clarinet on Move records and 'The Captive Nightingale' on Singum.  Recent Releases include Nino Rota - Mysterium on DECCA.. 




More Reviews:Soprano Elena Xanthoudakis is a sheer delight as Adina, colouring every sung moment with refreshing clarity and agility or, where called for, plaintive reflection.The Scotsman (L’elisir d’amore – Scottish Opera)Especially memorable is Elena Xanthoudakis’s Pamina, voiced with shining tone and a fine appreciation of the music’s lyrical contours.                                             The Guardian (The Magic Flute – ENO – 2012)

But it is the women that steal the show – and one woman in particular. Elena Xanthoudakis as Gilda is dazzling. The role has the potential to be a dull stock character – a naïve female victim. But Xanthoudakis has it all: the adolescent playfulness of the Duke’s daughter, the youthful terror of the adult world she’s been thrust into and, above all, the notes. …..It was and is an opera well worth seeing, if only to catch a rising star in Elena Xanthoudakis.  Limelight Magazine (Rigoletto – Opera Queensland 2014)

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Pamina Immediately Clarion Opera NYC 2017
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Adina Immediately Singapore Liryc Opera 2017
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Anna 24 hours Winslow Hall Festival UK 2016
Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi Giulietta 24 hours Greek National Opera 2016
Rossini: Le Comte Ory Adèle 1 week The Metropolitan Opera 2015

Awards

Maria Callas Grand Prix (Oratorio-Lied) - ATHENS
2017
International Mozart Wettbewerb - Salzburg GRAND PRIZE
2017
Operalia - 3rd Place
2017
International Adama didura (POLAND) Grand Prize
2017
International Adama Didura CompeTition - First Female Prize
2017
Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) Voice - 3rd
2017
Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) Voice - Best interpretation of the Canadian Composition
2017
Australian National Liederfest - WINNER
2017
Herald Sun Aria - 3rd
2017
Borletti Buitoni Trust PRIZE WINNER
2017
McDonald's Aria - SyDNEY EiSteddford - 2nd
2017