Elena Xanthoudakis is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne and the Guildhall School of Music, London, where she received her Master of Music degree with distinction in 2005. Elena also studied under the Young Artist program at Florence’s Maggio Musicale.
Winner of over 80 first prizes in Australian competitions, Elena has also won the 2003 Maria Callas International Grand Prix (Oratorio–Lied), the 2006 Salzburg International Mozart Competition and the 2008 Adam Didur International Opera Singers Competition in Poland, and took Third Prize in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 2008.
Operatic roles include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoorfor Opéra de Québec, Adina (The Elixir of Love) for Scottish Opera and Victorian Opera, Blonde (The Abduction from the Seraglio) for Opera North, Clorinda (La Cenerentola) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Miss Schlesen (Philip Glass’ Satyagraha) and Frasquita (Carmen) for English National Opera, Jemmy (William Tell) for the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, La Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims) for Maggio Musicale, Xenia (Boris Godunov) for Opéra National du Rhin and Lady Ella (Patience) at the BBC Proms. She has also appeared as Pamina (The Magic Flute), Leïla (The Pearl Fishers), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Ismene (Mitridate), Amor (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), Micaëla (Carmen) and in the title role in Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran.
Her Covent Garden performance as Frasquita was released on DVD by Decca and played in cinemas in 3D; her ENO performance as Krista (The Makropulos Case) is available on CD from Chandos.
Future engagements include Lisa (La sonnambula) at Covent Garden, debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Glyndebourne, and covering the role of The Countess of Formoutiers in Rossini’s Le comte Ory at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Elena appeared as Euridice/Genio in L'Anima del filosofo (2010) for Pinchgut.
This bio taken from the last program in which Elena appeared.
Photo by Bridget Elliot
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