Recipient of our Second Place

Robin Angly & Miles Smith Award

Elena Galván

 A native of Ithaca, NY, soprano Elena Galván, whose “voice shines with a winsome, lyric luster” (Opera News) will be returning to the Bay Area to perform the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Lamplighters Music Theatre this summer and to the San Francisco Opera’s Opera Guild: Opera à la Carte to perform the role of Musetta in La Boheme. She recently won Second Place in the

Lois Alba Aria Competition in Houston, TX and won an Encouragement Award from the Los Angeles District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions this fall. She was a 2013-2014 Virginia Opera Emerging Artist, performing the Education Outreach tour of The Adventures of Pinocchio’s Sister and community concerts. She was also a 2012-2013 Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara where she covered Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. In the 2013-2014 season, Elena performed a number of roles in the Bay Area; 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. This year, Elena also performed on the concert stage with the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra on their program “Centennial Benjamin” and Handel’s Messiah with the Napa Valley Chorale and Symphony. 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.

Elena 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.

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Norina’s Aria

from DON PASQUALE by Donizetti

The Presentation of the Rose

from DER ROSENKAVALIER by J. Strauss

Elena was accompanied by Maestra Janice Fehlauer

and HD videos were recorded by Robert Land Productions

Elena Galván

Third Place : Annamarie Zmolek