Elena Kelessidi

Greek soprano, she was born in Kazakhstan and studied at the Conservatory of Astana. She made her debut in Greece as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (GNO, 1993/94). She has sung many leading roles in prestigious theatres worldwide such as Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Opéra Bastille (Paris), in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam, Zurich and Tokyo, as well as in major festivals. For eleven years she had been performing at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden, London) such roles as Violetta (La traviata), Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Mimì (La bohème), Luisa (Luisa Miller), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Liù (Turandot), Amina (La sonnambula), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Marguerite (Faust) and Emilia Marty (Vĕc Makropulos). She has collaborated, among others, with Plácido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly and Yehudi Menuhin. She is a permanent soloist of the Greek National Opera, where she has sung leading roles in numerous productions and artistic events.