“Among the soloists, the most convincing is the young Russian Elena Galitskaya - with glowing well-articulated high notes and radiating an impressive stage presence...”
Elena Galitskaya was born in Dimitrovgrad, Russia and is based in Belgium. She originally studied choral conducting at Dimitrovgrad Conservatory before deciding to study singing. In 2007 she graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choral Arts.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Sophie Massenet Werther; Pamina Die Zauberflöte – Teatro Verdi, Trieste
- Fiorilla Rossini Il Turco in Italia and Micaela Carmen – Opéra de Dijon
- Servilia Mozart La Clemenza di Tito – Drottningholms Slottsteater, Sweden
- Italian Singer Strauss Capriccio – La Monnaie, Brussels; Theater an der Wien
- Ilia Idomeneo; Eurydice Orphée et Eurydice; Zerlina Don Giovanni; Despina Così fan tutte – Opéra de Lyon
- Contessa de Folleville Rossini Viaggio a Reims – Oper Graz
Plans this season and beyond include her debut at Oper Graz to sing Contessa di Folleville Viaggio a Reims and Lisette La Rondine for Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse). In 2018 Elena makes her opera debut with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Other recent roles include Italian Singer in Strauss Capriccio La Monnaie Brussels (House Debut), Servilia La Clemenza di Tito for Drottningholms Slottsteater, Sweden; roles in Monteverdi L’Orfeo for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy conducted by Christophe Rousset; Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia in Christopher Alden’s production for Opéra de Dijon; Sophie in Massenet Werther at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste and Italian Singer in Strauss Capriccio for the Theater an der Wien. Elena recently returned to Opéra National de Lorraine for Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, where she was also invited to give a solo recital.
In 2009, Elena made her operatic debut with Opéra de Lyon, singing Lyusya in the Shostakovich operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki and was immediately re-engaged to sing Laurie Moss in Aaron Copland The Tender Land. Since then, roles at Lyon have included Zerlina Don Giovanni, Despina Così fan tutte, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, Frasquita Carmen, Italian Singer Capriccio, Ilia in Mozart Idomeneo and Eurydice in Gluck Orphée et Eurydice.
On the concert platform, Elena has sung Mozart Requiem, Bach St John Passion, Mendelssohn Elijah, Schubert Mass in C, Honegger Jeanne d’Arc and Mahler Symphony no 8, working with conductors including James Conlon, Yuri Temirkanov, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitri Jurowski, Kirill Karabits and Thomas Sanderling. She has also appeared regularly with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov.
A keen recitalist, Elena has sung the lieder of Schumann, Strauss and Wolf and the songs of Fauré, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Taneev and Rimsky-Korsakov at venues including the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, De Singel Arts Centre, Antwerp and also in Paris, Liège, Nantes, Brussels and Bratislava.
The recipient of several awards, in 2011 Elena won the Belgian Radio and Television Audience Prize at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Singing Competition in Brussels. In 2010 she became an HSBC Laureate of the Académie Européenne de Musique of the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence and also was awarded a special prize at the International Francisco-Vinas Competition in Barcelona.
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