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November 2021

Opera News

Sound Bite 

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. 

"ELENA VILLALÓN, who sings Susanna this month in Austin Opera’s Nozze di Figaro, says classical music was not important to her until her teens. “My family is not at all musical—not interested in classi..."


May 2022

The Richard Tucker Music Foudation

Elena was chosen as a 2022 winner of the Sarah Tucker Study Grant by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. 

Given to young American opera singers at the beginning of a high level professional career,  this award is granted annually to select singers by a panel of many international artistic administrators. 


June 2021

Elena Villalón takes multiple prizes in 2021 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition

Elena participated in the 39th International Hans Gabor Belverdere Singing Competition in Erfurt, Germany. The only American in this year's competition, she performed "Caro nome" from Verdi's Rigoletto in the finals concert conducted by Yannis Pouspourikas, and won 2nd Prize, Audience, Carinthian Rising Star, and Will Keune Prizes. 

Fall 2020

Austin Opera

Virtual Recital

Elena performs in the inaugural "Live from Indy Terrace" with Austin Opera, as part of their broadcast series to provide access to music in the time of social distancing during COVID-19. 

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August 2020

Houston CityBook Feature

Elena is featured in Houston's CityBook Magazine as one of Houston's Hottest 11 Musicians during Covid.


"HGO Studio Soprano Villalón Predicts

‘Renewed Longing for Performance’"

"Soprano Elena Villalón, 22, a 2019 Grand Finals winner of the esteemed Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has spent the past year making a name for herself as one of the youngest members ever of Houston Grand Opera’s artist development program HGO Studio...."

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