“There was only one soprano, but a delightful one - Elena Sancho, whose resinous timbre reminded me of Ileana Cotrubas. Her Spanish songs were rich in melismatic melancholy and a vivid performance of Ophelia's mad scene from Thomas' 'Hamlet' showed off a gorgeous top register and fluent coloratura.”
Born in San Sebastian, Elena is a graduate of Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid where she studied with Ramon Regidor and completed the Opera Course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where roles included Isabella in Donizetti L’assedio di Calais; L’Ensoleillad in Massenet Chérubin and Miss Wordsworth in Britten Albert Herring.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos – Staatsoper Berlin – Hans Neuenfels
- Sophie Werther – Alain Altinoglu – Willie Decker; Oscar Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera Renato Palumbo – Vincent Boussard – Liceu Barcelona
- Norina – Donizetti Don Pasquale – Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Opera de Oviedo
- Olympia – Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Aalto Theater Essen
- Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos; Fiakermilli Arabella; Sophie Der Rosenkavalier; Gilda Rigoletto; Olympia Les contes d’Hoffmann; Sophie Werther; Oscar Un ballo in maschera; Zerlina Don Giovanni – Deutsche Oper am Rhein
- Gilda – Verdi Rigoletto, Adina – Donizetti L’elisir d’amore – St Margarethen Festival
Plans this season and beyond include her debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Berlin; her debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona singing Sophie in Massenet Werther and returning as Oscar in Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera; Gilda in Verdi Rigoletto at St. Margarethen Festival; Olympia in Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Aalto Theater Essen; Zerbinetta, Gilda and Norina in Donizetti Don Pasquale directed by Villazón for Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
Since 2014/15 season when she joined the ensemble of Deutsche Oper am Rhein she has performed Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto, Sophie in Strauss Der Rosenkavalier; Sophie in Werther, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. Further appearances have included her debuts at Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid singing Wanda in Pier Luigi Pizzi’s production of Offenbach La Grande Duchesse, Adina in the new production of Donizetti L’elisir d’amore at the St. Margarethen Festival and Lisa in Bellini La Sonnambula at Bilbao Opera.
Recent highlights include Maria in Bernstein West Side Story for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Théâtre du Châtelet and Sadler’s Wells Theater London; Blonde in Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Sédières Festival, France; Norina Don Pasquale and Nuria in Osualdo Golijov Ainadamar with Opera de Oviedo; Donna Anna Don Giovanni at Theater Krefeld; Frasquita Carmen at Bilbao Opera and concerts including Messiah at the London Handel Festival and Alasdair Nicholson’s Two sisters, A rose, A flood and Snow: Four Tales of Enchantment with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Last season she was awarded ‘Young Artist of the Year’ by Opernwelt magazine. She has won as well second prize at the Gayarre International Competition, first prize at the Concurso Internacional de Logroño 2010, and is the winner of the Hispánica Constructora Accésit Prize, The Operatic Role Prize at the Luis Mariano Competition XI Edition and the Juventudes Musicales de Madrid.
Her studies at GSMD were supported by the Guildhall Trust and Diputación de Guipuzcoa.