Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and several prizes at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, 25 years old Cuban-American soprano Elena Villalón is already attracting major industry attention. A recent alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, her engagements this season include Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at Houston Grand Opera, Gretel Hansel und Gretel at Dallas Opera, the Queen of Sheba Solomon for an international tour with The English Concert and Harry Bicket and in Iole in a new Barrie Kosky production of Hercules as well as Atalanta in Xerxes, both at Opera Frankfurt where she is now a member of the ensemble. Engagements next season include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amore Orfeo ed Euridice, her return to Santa Fe with The Righteous, Messiah and Brahms Requiem with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as starring as Susanna in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Frankfurt...
In the 2023-24 season, Elena returns to Oper Frankfurt as Susanna in a new production Le nozze di Figaro opening the season, as well as performances in Die Zauberflöte and Carmen. She makes her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, and returns to the Santa Fe Opera in the world premiere of The Righteous. Highlights also include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburg Symphony, as well as additional recital and concert appearances.
Le nozze di Figaro
Elena was chosen as a 2022 winner of the Sarah Tucker Study Grant by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
Elena is featured in Opera News' November Issue,
as this months Sound Bite feature, which spotlights up-and-coming singers and conductors in the world of opera.