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Elena  Gabouri

 

    mezzo-soprano

 

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 "What a beautiful discovery !" (“Aida in Verona Arena 2012)

 "The stage temperament of undeniable charisma."  Gianni Villani for L'Arena

 "Great character of the Amneris of Elena Gabouri, who has a really impressive instrument: powerful, incisive, full bodied" M-T Giovagnoli for MGT Lirica

 "Her "O don fatale" has beenthe perfection."  P. Guadagni for MGT Lirica

 "A dark timber, very particular and well in the situation, of Elena Gabouri as the  Zia Principessa." F.Lehel for Opéra Magazine

Saint-Petersburg born, French-Russian mezzo Elena Gabouri studied at the St. Petersburg National Conservatoire under Tamara Novichenko (professor of Anna Netrebko); at the Paris National Conservatoire; then at the Cortot Paris School, where she won the Singing Prize Unanimous with Congratulations of Jury. Among her internationals prizes: 1st Prize of  Arles Opera Competition; Grand Prix at the Vivonne Singing Competition; 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Catalan Singing Competition; The Jury Prize at the  Corsica Competition; 2nd Prize of Ramfis Competition.

In 2012 Elena Gabouri made her debut at the Arena di Verona, singing as Amneris in Verdi's "Aida", conducted by Daniel Oren. ("What a beautiful discovery !" - write the critics.)

This successful debut brought forth engagements for the Centenary Festival of the Verona Arena in 2013, as well as the Bicentennial of Verdi :
Azucena in Verdi's "Il Trovatore" (Carella – Zeffirelli) and Amneris in the new production of the La Fura dels Baus conducted by Meir Wellbert, as well as in the historic "Aida", directed by De Bosio, conducted by Marco Armiliato.

In 2014 Elena Gabouri, for the third consecutive season, comes back to the Arena di Verona for the role debut of Ulrica in Verdi's "Masked Ball" (Battistoni-Pizzi)

In that same 2014 she resumes Amneris in Verdi "Aida" (Gagliardo-Manizade) at the Aspendos Ancient Amphitheater inAntalya,Turkey, and she makes her debut in the role of Princess of Bouillon in Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur" (Battistoni-Stefanutti) in the Theater of Sassari (Sardinia).

In 2015 she makes her Asian debut in the Seoul Arts Center (South Korea) as Amneris in "Aida" (Bisanti – De Carlo). She comes back in 2016 for Ulrica in Verdi "A Masked Ball" (Goldstein-Bellotto).

In2015 in France, she records the DVD and TV broadcast with Janacek's "Katia Kabanova" (Kudela-Engel) in the Theater des Bouffes du Nord of Paris in the role of Kabanicha, the role that she plays since 2011 at Operadagen Rotterdam, in the Teatros del Canal of Madrid, on the National stages of Marseille, Quimper, Besançon, Perpignan, Amiens, Poitiers.

In the same 2015/16 season she sings Azucena in Verdi's "Il Trovatore" (Rizzi-Brignoli – Brunel) at the Lille National Opera (France), Grand Theater of Luxemburg and Caen (France).

The summer of 2016 she resumes the role of Amneris in Verdi's "Aida" in the Herodes Atticus Ancient Theater of Athens for the Greek National Opera.

Afterwards she sings "The Alto Rhapsody" of Brahms with Lille National Orchestra, conducted by J-C Cassadesus.

Besides, she sang the role of the Zia Principessa (Puccini “Sister Angelica”) at the Wexford Festival (Ireland); Madame de la Haltière in Massenet's “Cinderella” at Massy Opera (France); Eboli of Verdi's "Don Carlo" and Fenena of Verdi's "Nabucco" with the Ramfis Production (France); Miss Baggott of Britten's “Let's Make an Opera” in the Besançon Opera (France); Concepcion in Ravel's “L'heure espagnole” and the title role of Bizet's "Carmen" in the Rimski-Korsakov theater of Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

Under the baton of Vassily Petrenko, Elena Gabouri recorded the CD of Fleishmann's "The Rothshild's Violin", in the role of Marfa with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Regularly she is singing Verdi's Requiem and other works of the sacred music.

Her vast repertoire includes the roles of the contemporary opera like
Irma in Peter Eötvös's "Le Balcon" (Besançon Opera and Dijon Opera, France)

In the 2017-2018 season Elena Gabouri will make her American debut  in the role of Amneris in Verdi's "Aida".

 

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