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 completed her bachelor's degree in opera singing at the Ionian University of Corfu and her master's degree at the »Carl Maria von Weber« Academy of Music in Dresden.

Elena already gained numerous stage experiences during her studies. Her engagements include, among others, Clorinda (»La Cenerentola«) at Opera Classica, Serpina (»La Serva Padrona«) at the International Kypria Festival 2020, Frasquita (»Carmen«) at Opera Classica as well as at Opernwerkstatt am Rhein, Barbarina (»Le Nozze di Figaro«) and Sand-/Taumännchen (»Hänsel und Gretel«) at the Mittelsächsisches Theater, Echo (»Ariadne auf Naxos«) at the Landesbühnen Sachsen and with the title role in »Dido and Aeneas« (St. George's Church Corfu), under the musical direction of the Australian baroque specialist Stanley Ritchie. 

The Soprano also maintains an extensive concert and Lied repertoire. She took part at the 12th Festival of Sacred Music of Patmos, at the Festival »Gegen den Strom« in Bad Ems, as well as in various concerts and performances with the Dresden State Operetta Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonic, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Symphony Orchestra and the Rhein-Main Philharmonic. Her concert repertoire includes Coronation Mass in C major (Mozart), Vespro della Beata Vergine (Monteverdi), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Gloria (Vivaldi) and Requiem (Fauré).

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

Concert tours have taken her to Italy (Basilica San Marco, Venice), Austria (Villach Congress Center), Armenia (Jerevan Opera Theater) and Serbia (Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade). 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, Raoul Grüneis, Alkis Baltas and Peter Seymour. As part of several master classes, she had the opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Christophe Rousset (workshop on Claudio Monteverdi's operas »L'incoronazione di Poppea« and »Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria«), Walter Moore, Barbara Bonney, Helga Wagner and Janet Williams. Private singing lessons with Professor KS Matthias Henneberg complete her previous education.

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

Her upcoming engagement is at the Semperoper Dresden, where she sings the first Jente as a soloist in the new production »Peer Gynt«. She also makes her role debut as Valencienne (»Die Lustige Witwe«) with Opera Classica Productions and sings as a soloist with the Ensemble Musica Sancta, among others in the French Cathedral on Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt.