Guest Soprano: Elena Galván
Soprano Elena Galván, a native of Ithaca, NY, is praised for her “youthful, high and bright sound.” She will be a 2013-2014 Virginia Opera Emerging Artist and was recently a 2012-2013 Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara where she covered Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. This summer, Elena will be performing the role of Phyllis in Lamplighter’s Music Theatre’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. This fall, Elena will be performing the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with Livermore Valley Opera as well as covering the role of Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera a la Carte. In the summer of 2012, Elena was a Studio artist at Opera Saratoga where she covered Grittly in Offenbach’s Le 66 and performed in the other mainstage productions.
In the past year, Elena has performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in a self-produced performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante with the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2011, Elena covered the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her other roles include Lucy (The Telephone), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Le Feu (L’enfant et les Sortilèges), Clarice (Il Mondo della Luna), and The Fox in the collegiate premiere of The Little Prince.
Elena was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and was a soloist on a concert series hosted by Opera Krakowska in Poland. Elena was recognized with the Encouragement Award in San Francisco’s District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011. Other vocal competition awards include the Nate and Nora Schoenfield Award in Palo Alto, CA, and the Bea and Irving Solomon Award and the Ernst Bacon Prize in Syracuse, NY. She holds a degree from Ithaca College, where she studied with Patrice Pastore. Elena recently completed her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). She studies with Catherine Cook.