Elena Sancho-Pereg makes her role and house debuts as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera di Roma, in a new production directed by Graham Vick and conducted by Stefano...MORE
“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.
- Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro new production – Graham Vick – Stefano Montanari – Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
- Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos – Hans Neuenfels; Donna Anna Don Giovanni – Alessandro De Marchi – Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
- Sophie Werther – Alain Altinoglu – Willie Decker; Oscar Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera – Renato Palumbo – Vincent Boussard – Liceu Barcelona
- Norina – Donizetti Don Pasquale – Rolando Villazón – Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Opera de Oviedo
- Gilda – Verdi Rigoletto, Adina – Donizetti L’elisir d’amore – St Margarethen Festival
- title role Doña Francisquita – Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid
Plans this season include her house and role debut as Susanna in Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro in a new production by Graham Vick under Stefano Montanari at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; tile role Doña Francisquita in a new production at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid; Cunegonde in Bernstein Candide for the inaugural season of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan; Norina in Donizetti Don Pasquale directed by Rolando Villazón and Nanetta in Verdi Falstaff, both at Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
Last season Elena made her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Eurilla in Haydn Orlando Paladino in a new production with Ivor Bolton; she returned to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden as Donna Anna in Mozart Don Giovanni conducted by Alessandro De Marchi and to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera with Renato Palumbo. She also made her role debuts as Sophie in Strauss Der Rosenkavalier and Norina in Donizetti Don Pasquale in a new production directed by Rolando Villazón at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In concert she debuted with the Basque Symphony Orchestra on tour singing Britten Les Illuminations under Clemens Schuldt.
Recent appearances have included her debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Berlin in a production by Hans Neuenfels; her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona singing Sophie in Massenet Werther with Alain Altinoglu; Gilda in Verdi Rigoletto and Adina in Donizetti L’elisir d’amore at St. Margarethen Festival (both recorded on DVD); Olympia in Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Aalto Theater Essen; Lisa in Bellini La Sonnambula at Bilbao Opera, and Wanda in Offenbach La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid.
Since the 2014/15 season when she joined the ensemble of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, she has performed – in both Düsseldorf and Duisburg – Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos; Gilda in Rigoletto; Sophie in Werther; Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera; La Feu & La Princesse in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and Fiakermilli in Arabella, among others.
Other highlights include Maria in Bernstein West Side Story for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Théâtre du Châtelet and Sadler’s Wells Theatre 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 and Opera Actual magazines. She also won 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.