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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 2022/23 she debuted at the Semperoper Dresden as Jente in the new production »Peer Gynt«, to which she will return again in 2024. In addition, Elena Patsalidou will take on the soprano part in Haydn's »Paukenmesse« for the first time with the Chursächsische Philharmonie under the direction of Matthias Grünert and will make her concert debut at the Frauenkirche Dresden and at the König Albert Theater Bad Elster.

In 2023 she made her role debut as Papagena (Mozart's »The Magic Flute«) with the Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra at Friedenstein Castle as part of the »Friedenstein Open-Air« festival. She also made her role debut as Musetta (Puccini's »La bohème«) and Giannetta (Donizetti's »The elixir of love«and reprised the role of Frasquita (Bizet's »Carmen«) with Opera Classica.


In 2022, she made her role debut as Valencienne (Lehár's »The Merry Widow«) with Opera Classica and appeared in the same role at the »Operetta Summer« of Schönebeck 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«), 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«.

In addition to her operatic activities, 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 part of the Ars Augusta project »Song of Hellas« to mark 200 years after the Greek revolution, she recorded a selection of Philhellenic songs by F. Schubert, J. Coulthard and G. Kasassoglou for the accompanying CD in 2021.

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 und Stanley Ritchie. 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.

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.

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