Praised for her “voice [that] shines with a winsome, lyric luster” (Opera News), soprano Elena Galván, is a native of Ithaca, NY. The 2016-2017 season found Elena Galván returning as a Young Artist at Florida Grand Opera where she performed the roles of Frasquita in Carmen and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera to critical acclaim. Elena also made her debut with the NuDeco Ensemble singing the World Premiere of the orchestrated version of Jorge Martin’s Cuban in Vermont. Elena was an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, covering the role of Amour in Orphée et Eurydice. During the 2015-2016 season, Elena was at Florida Grand Opera as a Young Artist, where she performed the roles of Norina in Don Pasquale, and Yvette in The Passenger. Also in 2015, she joined Kentucky Opera as a Studio Artist to perform Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
In 2014, Elena made her role debut as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Lamplighters Music Theatre, and performed the role of Countess Ceprano, while covering the role of Gilda in Livermore Valley Opera’s production of Rigoletto. Returning as a Teaching Artist for San Francisco Opera’s Opera Guild, Elena performed Musetta in La Boheme.
Elena was a 2013-2014 Virginia Opera Emerging Artist. She was also a 2012-2013 Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara where she covered Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and performed the role in the Family Performance. After completing her Graduate studies in San Francisco, Elena performed the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen with Livermore Valley Opera, Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera a la Carte in Bay Area Schools and Phyllis in Lamplighter’s Music Theatre’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. 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. Other roles include Dalinda (Ariodante), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Nannetta (Falstaff), 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.
On the concert stage, Elena performed with the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra on their program “Centennial Benjamin” and Handel’s Messiah with the Napa Valley Chorale and Symphony in 2013. 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 awarded Second Place in the Lois Alba Aria Competition in Houston, TX in 2014. She won an Encouragement Award from the Los Angeles District and in the San Francisco Districts of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013 and 2011. Other 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 degrees from Ithaca College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). She studies with Catherine Cook.