RETURNElena Kelessidi

Elena Kelessidi

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Kazakhstan, where she studied at the Conservatory of Astana. Early on in her career, she won a competition organized by Christos Lambrakis, thus taking part in the Athens Concert Hall production of Don Giovanni, directed by Ruggero Raimondi. She won international acclaim in 1996 for her appearance at the Royal Opera House London as Violetta in the opera La traviata (The fallen woman). She appeared in the same opera house for ten years, interpreting various roles in operas such as: Julius Caesar in Egypt [Giulio Cesare in Egitto], The golden cockerel, The Capulets and the Montagues [I Capuleti e i Montecchi], The sleepwalker [La sonnambula], The tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d’Hoffmann], and Faust. She has appeared in State Operas of Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin, Bavaria, Zurich, Monte Carlo and Paris, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, and elsewhere. She has also participated in the international festivals of Baden-Baden and Vienna. She has collaborated, among others, with Plácido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly and Yehudi Menuhin. In 1993 she was hired by the GNO and by 2014 she had sung in 12 productions of an equal number of lyric works. Her roles included: Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Flute-playing girl (Thaïs), Aksinia (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Eurydice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Gilda (Rigoletto), Mimi (La bohème), Violetta (La traviata), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus). She also performed Micaëla (Carmen), Liù (Turandot), and Nedda (Pagliacci) at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, as part of the Athens Festival. In 1995, she sang at the GNO’s New Year’s Gala Concert. She interpreted the role of Marousso in the world premiere of Giorgos Koumendakis’s opera The Murderess (2014-15). // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.