"What a beautiful discovery!"
Gianni Villani for L'Arena (“Aida" in Verona Arena 2012)
Saint-Petersburg born, French-Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Gabouri studied at the St. Petersburg National Conservatory under Tamara Novichenko (professor of
Anna Netrebko); at the Paris National Conservatory; then at the Cortot Paris
School, where she won the Singing Prize Unanimous with Congratulations of the
Jury. Among her international prizes: 1st Prize of Arles Opera Competition; Grand Prix of the
Vivonne Singing Competition; 2nd
Prize and the Audience Prize of the Catalan Singing Competition; The Jury Prize
of the Corsican Competition; 2nd Prize of the Ramfis Competition.
Her international renown began in 2012 when she made her debut at the Arena
di Verona as Amneris in Verdi's "Aida",
with Daniel Oren conducting.
This successful debut brought forth engagements at
the Centenary Festival of the Verona Arena in 2013, as well as the Bicentennial
of Verdi: Azucena in Verdi's "The
Troubadour" (Carella – Zeffirelli) and Amneris in the new production of La Fura dels Baus conducted by
Meir Wellbert, as well as in the historic "Aida",
directed by De Bosio, conducted by
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) and to cover the
role of Carmen in Bizet's opera. (Kovachev – Zeffirelli)
In that same 2014 she resumes Amneris in Verdi's "Aida" (Gagliardo - Manizade) in the Aspendos Ancient
Amphitheater in Antalya, Turkey, and she makes her debut in the role of Princess
of Bouillon in Cilea's
(Battistoni-Stefanutti) in the Theater of Sassari (Italy).
In 2015 she makes her Asian debut in the Seoul Arts Center (South Korea) as
Amneris in "Aida"
– De Carlo). She goes back there in 2016 for Ulrica in Verdi's "A Masked
Ball" (Goldstein - Bellotto).
in France, she records a DVD and a 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 has played since 2011 in the 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 "The Troubadour"(Rizzi-Brignoli
– Brunel) in the Lille National Opera (France) and Grand Theater of Luxemburg.
In 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.
Moreover, she sings the role of the Zia Principessa (Puccini's “Sister Angelica”) at the Wexford Festival (Ireland); Madame de la Haltière in Massenet's
“Cinderella” at Massy Opera (France); 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.
Her repertoire includes the roles of contemporary opera such as Irma in Peter Eötvös's "Le
Balcon" (Besançon Opera and Dijon Opera, France)
Under the baton of Vassily Petrenko, Elena Gabouri records a CD of Fleishmann's "The Rothshild's
Violin", in the role of Marfa
with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2016 she has collaborated with Jean-Claude
Casadesus and Lille National Orchestra for the Beethoven's 9th Symphony,
Verdi's Requiem, Brahms's "Alto Rhapsody" and Prokofiev's "Alexander
In the 2017-2018 season Elena Gabouri makes her
American and Australian debuts as Amneris
in Verdi's "Aida":
at the Seattle Opera (John Fiore – Francesca Zambello) and at the Sydney Opera
House for the new digital production (Andrea Battistoni/Pier Giorgio Morandi –
Davide Livermore) .
In 2019 Elena Gabouri goes back to the Seattle
Opera for Azucena in Verdi's "The
(Carlo Montanaro - Dan Miller).
In the 2019-2020 season Elena Gabouri sings Ulrica in Verdi's "A Masked Ball" in Bari Opera (Italy).
Then she goes back to Australia for the
reprise of "Aida" in Sydney and
Brisbane Opera Houses and for her Wagnerian debut in as Ortrud in "Lohengrin" in Melbourne Opera House.