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BIOGRAPHY

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Greek-Cypriot soprano Elena Patsalidou discovered her passion for singing at an early age and followed her dream of performing on international opera stages. She received a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance at the Ionian University of Corfu and a Master's degree in Opera at Dresden's Academy of Music »Carl Maria von Weber«.

In 2022 she debuted at the Semperoper Dresden as Jente in the new production »Peer Gynt«. Furthermore, she made her role debut as Valencienne (Lehár's »The Merry Widow«) with Opera Classica and appeared in the same role at the Schönebeck Operetta Summer with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie.

As part of the Silesian Music Festival, together with the Lusatian Baroque Ensemble, she performed the role of Elisa in the baroque opera »Il Re Pastore« (first performance in modern times) by J. A. Hasse and J. C. Richter. In addition, she sang as a soloist with the Ensemble Musica Sancta, among others in the French Cathedral on Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt.

On stage she has already appeared as Clorinda (Rossini's »La Cenerentola«), Serpina (Pergolesi's »The Maid turned Mistress«), Frasquita (Bizet's »Carmen«), Princess Mi (Lehár's »The land of smiles«), Adina (Donizetti's »The elixir of love«), Barbarina (Mozart's »The Marriage of Figaro«), Echo (R. Strauss »Ariadne on Naxos«), Sand- / Taumännchen (Humperdinck's »Hansel and Gretel«), Diana (Offenbach's »Orpheus in the underworld«), as well as with the title role in Purcell's »Dido and Aeneas«.

Elena Patsalidou also maintains an extensive concert and Lied repertoire. She has sang, among others, the Coronation Mass in C major (Mozart), Vespro della Beata Vergine (Monteverdi), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Gloria (Vivaldi) and Requiem (Fauré).

As a soloist she has worked with Opera Classica, Landesbühnen Sachsen, the Mittelsächsisches Theater, the Kyrenia Opera, the International Kypria Festival, the Festival of Sacred Music of Patmos, the Festival »Gegen den Strom« in Bad Ems, the Nicosia Municipal Theater, the Opernwerkstatt am Rhein and the Festival »Kommen und Gehen« in Zittau. She also sang at various concerts and performances with Dresden State Operetta Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, Dresden Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Lusatian Baroque Ensemble,, Virtuosi Brunenses, Löcknitz Mandolin Orchestra and Rhein-Main Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

On tour she has performed in Italy (Basilica di San Marco, Venice), Austria (Altes Rathaus Vienna, Congress Center Villach), Armenia (Jerevan Opera Theater), Serbia (Yugoslav Drama Theater Belgrade) and Poland (Zdrojowy Teatr Animacji). At the Salzburg Easter Festival 2015 she sang in Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci with the Staatsopernchor Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. With the Bavarian ensemble I Virtuosi Ambulanti she sang in 2020 as a soloist in the exclusive project »Belcanto in Bayern« in Munich. 

She has worked with various conductors such as Jan Michael Horstmann, Thomas Herzog, Markus Huber, Raoul Grüneis, Alkis Baltas, Stanley Ritchie and Peter Seymour. She received important artistic impulses through master classes with Simone Kermes, Christophe Rousset (workshop on Claudio Monteverdi's operas), Walter Moore, Barbara Bonney, Helga Meyer-Wagner and Janet Williams. Private singing lessons with Professor KS Matthias Henneberg complete her previous education.

As part of the Ars Augusta project »Song of Hellas« to mark 200 years after the Greek revolution, she recorded a selection of Philhellenic songs for the accompanying CD in 2021. The project was carried out under the auspices of the Commission »Greece 2021«.

Elena Patsalidou is a 2022 scholarship recipient from the Richard Wagner Association in Dresden. She was the 1st Prize winner at the 2019 Kyrenia Opera Vocal Competition and won 3rd prize at the 2013 International Giulio Perotti Vocal Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the prestigious International Singing Competition Competizione dell'Opera 2019 in Sochi.

In 2023 she makes her role debut as Papagena (Mozart's »The Magic Flute«) with the Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha. She also makes her role debut as Musetta (Puccini's »La bohème«) and as Giannetta (Donizetti's »The elixir of love«and sings again the role of Frasquita (Bizet's »Carmen«) with Opera Classica. In 2023/24 she will sing for the first time as a soloist in the Frauenkirche in Dresden.

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