Elena Xanthoudakis holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours and Graduate Diploma of Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne. On scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music, London, she received another MMus with distinction in 2005. Elena also studied as part of a young artist programme at the Maggio Musicale (Florence).
2011 saw Elena Xanthoudakis perform Messiah with the RSNO, Marzelline Fidelio with the OAE, and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Brighton Festival and covering Countess Adele Le Comte Ory for the Metropolitan Opera of New York. She performed Jemmy Guillaume Tell (BBC Proms) with Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecila and sang both Lisa and Amina Sonnambula at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent successes include her Canadian debut at Opera de Quebec as Lucia di Lammermoor, Frasquita Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (‘07,’09,’11), Adina L’elisir d’amore for Scottish Opera and Victorian Opera, Miss Schlesen Satyagraha at ENO (2007 & 2010), Euridice and Genio in Haydn’s L’anima del Filosofo for Pinchgut Opera – 2010.
2012 began with performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra New Year’s concerts with Nicholas McGegan, and returns in February for Beethoven’s Mass in C with Louis Langrée, followed by a concerts in Australia to promote the CD release ‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ with TrioKROMA (piano, voice and clarinet). She then made her Glyndebourne debut as Clorinda La Cenerentola, as well as performing Carmina Burana for the Oxford Philharmusica, singing Delius Danish Orchestral Songs for the British Music Festival.
Current and Future engagements include her return to the English National Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall, returning to the British Music Festival to sing Sullivan’s Golden Legend and her return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover both Gilda in Rigoletto and Countess Adele in Comte Ory in 2013 as well as singing First Niece in Peter Grimes for the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Elena’s 2014 performances include Gilda in Opera Queensland’s production of Rigoletto, as well as concerts in Australia with TrioKROMA and in the UK with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.
Elena has won over 80 first prizes in competitions and Eisteddfodau in Australia and internationally has won the Maria Callas International Grand Prix 2003 (Oratorio – Lied) in Athens, the Australian National Liederfest 2004, the renowned International Mozart Competition 2006 in Salzburg and in 2008 she won the female first-prize and overall Grand prize International Adam Didur Opera Singers Competition, and placed third in ‘Operalia’ and has received many Scholarships including a Solti Foundation Award and is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Artist.
Elena’s concert engagements include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle(Montreal) and Stabat Mater, Bach’s Missa Brevis, B Minor Mass, St.John Passion, St.Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio & several cantatas, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah and Jephtha, Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi and Poulenc’s Gloria, touring a programme of Mozart arias with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate (St Petersburg Camerata) and performing Mozart Concert Arias at Salzburg’s prestigious ‘Mozart Woche’. She has also sung with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, RSNO, OAE, St Petersburg Camerata, Krakow and Poznan Filharmonia Orchestras. In concert and recital, Elena has performed in Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Wiesbaden, Montreal, Quebec-City, Salt-Lake City and throughout Australia, UK, Ireland, and Italy. Elena also undertook a two month tour as soloist throughout the UK and Ireland in Raymond Gubbay’s ‘Strauss Gala’.
Operatic roles include Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera de Quebec), Adina L’elisir d’amore (Scottish Opera & Victorian Opera, Melbourne), Blonde Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera North), both Euridice & Genio L’anima del Filosofo (Pinchgut Opera – Sydney), Krista The Makropulos Case (English National Opera), La Contessa di Folleville Il viaggio a Rheims (Maggio Musicale – Florence), Clorinda La Cenerentola (ROH Covent Garden), Frasquita Carmen (ROH Covent Garden 05-06, 07-08, 09-10 and ENO) Miss Schlesen Satyagraha (ENO ‘07 &’10), Xenia Boris Godunoff (Opera National du Rhin), Lady Ella Patience (BBC Proms), Pamina The Magic Flute, Leila The Pearl Fishers, Ann Truelove The Rake’s Progress in Australia. Other roles: Amor Orfeo ed Euridice, Matilde Matilde di Shabran, Dido Dido & Aeneas, Iris Semele, Ismene Mitridate, Constance Carmelites and Dalinda Ariodante.
Recordings include: Frasquita Carmen (ROH – Decca DVD and ROH – 3D Real D cinema and DVD release), Krista The Makropulos Case (ENO – Chandos CD), Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – ABC Classics CD). Recent releases: Jemmy Guillaume Tell (Accademia di Santa Cecilia – EMI CD) Euridice & Genio L’anima del filosofo (Pinchgut Live CD). Current release: Trio KROMA – ‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ – music for piano, voice & clarinet. Future release: Bel Canto Arias with Maestro Richards Bonynge and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Signum)
Elena Xanthoudakis – Long Biography
Versatile and experienced performer, Elena Xanthoudakis completed her Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours), at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia in 2001. She also holds a Master of Music Performance at the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Opera from the VCA.
In the summer of 2002 she was one of eight singers from around Australia chosen to participate in the Australian National Academy of Music’s Summer School and was also chosen to participate in a ANAM Vocal Masterclass with Cord Garben in August 2003. Also in January 2003 Elena was chosen to participate in the Ronald Dowd National Summer School for Singers ‘Mastercourse in Opera’ in Sydney with Victor Morris.
Winning over 80 first prizes in Eisteddfodau in Australia, Elena has won the ‘Armstead Scholarship’, Australian Youth Aria 2003, 2003 ‘Maria Callas Grand Prix’ in Oratorio-Lied in Athens and the Australian National Liederfest 2004. She also has held many scholarships including VCA’s Mabel Kent Estate Singing Scholarship, Harold Fischer Scholarship for Opera part-scholarship from VCA, as well as the Mabel Kent Singing Scholarship from the University Of Melbourne. She has also been fortunate to receive a grant from the Australian Arts Council for her study at the Guildhall, London 2004-5, and the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2006.
An experienced Oratorio performer Elena has performed as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Melbourne with Piero Gamba, Bach’s ‘Missa Brevis in A Major’, ‘B Minor Mass’, ‘Cantata BWV82a’, Haydn’s ‘St Nicholas Mass’, Vivaldi and Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’, Rosinni’s ‘Stabat Mater’, Monteverdi’s ‘Exsula Fillia’, Mozart ‘Requiem’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah’.
She has performed in various concert and recitals in Australia and abroad, including in St Petersburg at the Hermitage, Hong Kong, Montreal, Salt-Lake City, throughout Tuscany and the Abruzzo regions in Italy and performances have included a ‘Schubertiade’ recital in Wiesbaden, Germany.
With support from the Cheltenham Rotary, Elena was able to undertake studies in the young artists program at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in Florence, Italy from April to July 2004 where she performed ‘La Contessa di Folleville’ in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Rheims.
Other operatic roles include Anne Truelove in Stravinski’s ‘The Rakes’ Progress’ performed in collarboration with VCA opera and OzOpera, Leila in Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ and Pamina in ‘The Magic Flute’ with Opera Melbourne.
In 2005, as well as completing her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction, Elena received the Third place and the special prize for the ‘Best interpretation of the set piece’ – a contemporary composition, at the Montreal International Competition for Voice 2005. She took part in chorus in Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’ with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Trevor Nunn in Salzburg. Whie only 2 months at the GSMD Elena auditions for the Royal Opera and though still studying was offered to cover the role of Ismene in Mozart’s ‘Mitridate, Re di Ponto’ for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She also as covering the role of Sister Constance in ‘The Dialogue of the Carmelites’ for ENO and auditioned for Sir Charles Mackerras who chose her for the following seasons at ENO. She also performed Dido in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Purcell in Bath.
2006 saw Elena performing Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ in Montreal aswell as playing ‘Krista’ in The Makropulos Case with Sir Charles Mackerras for ENO and covering ‘Dalinda’ in Handel’s ‘Ariodante'(ENO). Elena also sang Frasquita for the Longborough Festival Opera in June. 2006 continued in great style as Elena was proclaimed the winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg August 2006, and then Elena toured a ‘Mozart Arias’ program with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia throughout October. In December/January 2006/7 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden playing ‘Frasquita ‘in Carmen.
In 2007, Elena performed ‘Miss Schlesen’ in Satyagraha for ENO in April and ‘Xenia’ in Boris Godunoff in Strasbourg for Opera National du Rhin in June. This was followed by solo recitals in Japan in July and recorded Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in August. While in Australia she performed in ‘Marvellous Mozart’ at BMW Edge with the Melbourne Musicians and featuring her brother clarinetist Jason Xanthoudakis. Other performnces included Handel’s Messiah in Dunblane Cathedral in December. Elena then sang Frasquita at ENO and to finish the year she returned to the Royal Opera House over Christmas and New Year to play ‘Clorinda’ in La Cenerentola – Gioachino Rossini with Kozena.
In 2008 started with Clorinda La Cenerentola at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, shortly followed by a return to the Royal Opera house as Frasquita. Elena sang Iris in Semele at St John Smith Square and Adina in The Elixir of Love for Victorian Opera (Australia) as well as concerts in Quebec City, Melbourne and in Scotland. 2009 performances included Blonde The Abduction from the Seraglio for Opera North, Adina for Scottish Opera, concerts in Sydney and Hobart and her debut in the London Promenade concerts season in Patience with Sir Charles Makerras at the Royal Albert Hall. She also completed a two month tour in Raymond Gubbay’s Strauss Galas throughout the UK and in Ireland.
2010 saw Elena perform Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at St John Smith’s Square, return to the English National Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, perform both Euridice and Genio in Haydn’s ‘L’anima del Filosofo’ ossia ‘Orfeo’ for Pinchgut Opera (Sydney) and she made her debut in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera de Quebec, Canada; as well as concerts in Poland, Melbourne and for the Accademia di S.Cecilia in Rome with Antonio Pappano. Engagements in 2011 include Lisa and the title role in La Sonnambula at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Jemmy Guillaume Tell for the BBC Proms, and gala concerts in the UK, Poland and Australia. She also covered DIana Damrau as Countess Adele Le Comte Ory for The Metropolitan Opera, New York.
In 2012 she performed in concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra around Scotland in their New Year’s ‘Old Vienna’ Concerts and then in Beethoven’s Mass in C with Louis Langree. This followed a tour to Australia to release the CD’ The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ with TrioKROMA and concerts with ‘Opera in the Market’. Other performances in 2012 include Clorinda La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival and Pamina in The Magic Flute for the English National Opera to glowing reviews, as well as in ‘Carmina Burana’with the Oxford Philomusica, and Orchestral Songs by Delius at the English Music Festival.
Current and Future engagements include: Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall, returning to the English Music Festival to sing Sullivan’s Golden Legend, performing in Mozart’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and her return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover both Gilda in Rigoletto and Countess Adele in Le Comte Ory in 2013 as well as singing First Niece in Peter Grimes for the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Elena also recorded her first solo Orchestral CD with Maestro Richard Bonynge with the Royal Northern Sinfonia for release 2014. Elena’s 2014 performances include Gilda in Opera Queensland’s production of Rigoletto as well as concerts in Australia with TrioKROMA and in the UK with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.