The Borletti-Buitoni Trust are a bit like a second family in giving advice and guidance to me as a developing artist. They have been so helpful in shepherding me and working to achieve my chosen project and have done so with great personal care and professional experience. I feel blessed to have been selected as a BBT artist.Elena Xanthoudakis"
Elena Xanthoudakis kicks off the 2014-15 season in the title role Lucia di Lammermoor at Winslow Opera and later travels to Athens to appear in Greek National Opera’s opera gala in tribute to Maria Callas. Recent successes include her appearance as First Niece Peter Grimes at Accademia di Santa Cecila under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, concert performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pamina Die Zauberflöte at English National Opera, her return to Metropolitan Opera New York to cover Countess Adele Le Comte Oryand Gilda Rigolettoand her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Clorinda La Cenerentola. Further appearances include Beethoven’s Mass in C with Louis Langrée and a concert tour in her native Australia to promote her ensemble’s CD release ‘The Sheperd and the Mermaid’ TrioKROMA (piano, voice and clarinet). She appeared on the opening night of the BBC Proms 2011 with Mo. Pappano and Accademia di Santa Cecila as Jemmy Guillaume Tell, previously recorded during performances in Rome. She sang the roles of both Lisa and Amina La Sonnambula at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Daniel Oren. Other successes include her Canadian debut at Opéra de Québec in the title role ofLucia di Lammermoor, her appearance as both Euridice and Genio in a production of L’anima del Filosofo for Pinchgut Opera that was released on CD in 2011 and Frasquita Carmenat Royal Opera House in performances over several seasons that culminated in an International 3D cinema release and two DVDs; Miss Schlesen Satyagraha at English National Opera, Marzelline Fidelioat Brighton Festival with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Photographs by Johan Persson
Jewels of the Bel Canto, CD on Signum Classics
"Australia's new bel canto superstar"
Limelight Magazine – Record of the Month, July 2014
"...[her voice] has a light timbre and gives the impression of effortlessness in the rapid runs and wild vocal leaps...This is an outstanding debut album from a young singer who will hopefully attract a new generation of bel canto fans."
Steve Moffatt, Limelight July 2014
"Her tone is well formed, focused and supported, and she can cover a wide vocal range. The top of her voice does not become thin, which is just as well, for there is no shortage of high notes, which are steady in their production. Add to all that her flexibility and one has a singer who is worth hearing."
John T. Hughes, International Recording Review
"She possesses that special requisite in bel canto singing of being able to power up to stratospheric notes with ease and pinpoint accuracy. With its trumpet effects, testing coloratura runs and top Cs, Donizetti’s regimental song 'Chacun le sait' from La Fille du Regiment proves but a walk in the park for Xanthoudakis."
Graham Strahle, The Australian 19 May 2014
"From the first aria on this disc, Australian-Greek soprano Elena Xanthoudakis makes it obvious she is a singer to watch. Her exquisitely focused voice has warmth and suppleness aplenty...Her intelligent approach and melting tones make each gem on this debut recording a winner."
Patricia Kelly, The Courier Mail, May 2014
"An extraordinarily accomplished debut"
Fine Fish, Sydney Australia, May 2014
- Travel to auditions
- Recording of Jewels of the Bel Canto CD with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Richard Bonynge for Signum
- Fundraising concert at 49 Queen's Gate Terrace
Jewels of the Bel Canto
Donizetti:"Quel guardo, il Cavaliere" (Don Pasquale)
Rossini:"Celeste providence" (Le Comte Ory)
Bellini:"Ah! non giunge uman pensiero" (La Sonnambula)
Donizetti:"Chacun le sait" (La Fille du Régiment)Elena Xanthoudakis teams up with fellow Australian Richard Bonynge to record highlights of the Bel Canto repertoire with Royal Northern Sinfonia, recorded at The Sage Gateshead. An accompanying film produced by BBT illustrates the dedication and hard work in preparation for this CD.
Elena Xanthoudakis soprano
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Richard Bonynge conductor
Signum Records SIGCD374 | www.signumrecords.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
JEWELS OF THE BEL CANTOElena Xanthoudakis with Richard Bonynge and Royal Northern Sinfonia
Two straight-talking, hard-working Aussies collaborate. This film is an up-front depiction of the intensity and amount of hard work and preparation that goes into not just making a CD, but also giving a performance of ease and grace and building an entire musical career. Celebrated conductor Richard Bonynge is frank about what it takes to be a bel canto singer, while fellow Australian, soprano Elena Xanthoudakis, is both undaunted and utterly captivated by the bel canto repertoire. The CD, released on Signum Classics in March 2014, includes arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi. Filmed by Graham Johnston for Borletti-Buitoni Trust, with Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead.