“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 now based in Paris. She originally studied choral conducting at Dimitrovgrad Conservatory before deciding to study singing. In 2007 she graduated from the Moscow Academy of Choral Arts.
• Fiorilla Rossini Il Turco in Italia and Micaela Carmen – Opéra de Dijon
• Sophie Massenet Werther; Pamina Die Zauberflöte – Teatro Verdi, Trieste
• 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 Il Viaggio a Reims – Oper Graz
Plans this season and beyond include her role debut as Papagena Die Zauberflöte for La Monnaie, Brussels; Echo Ariadne auf Naxos Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris (a revival of the acclaimed Festival d’Aix-en-Provence production directed by Katie Mitchell) and a return invitation for Opera de Dijon Carmen, performing the role of Micaela, in a new production directed by Florentine Klepper.
Recent roles 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 also made her opera debut with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Echo in the new Katie Mitchell Production of Ariadne
Other roles include Fiorilla Rossini Il Turco in Italia in Christopher Alden’s production for Opéra de Dijon; Italian Singer in Strauss Capriccio for the Theater an der Wien and La Monnaie; Servilia La Clemenza di Tito for Drottningholms Slottsteater, Sweden. She has also had roles in Monteverdi L’Orfeo for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy conducted by Christophe Rousset; Sophie in Massenet Werther at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste and Echo in the Opéra National de Lorraine of Ariadne auf Naxos.
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, Opéra National de Lorraine 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.