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The 2018/19 season will see Elena Gorshunova performing a wide range of repertoire on the operatic and concert stages of Europa and Asia. She will sing her famous roles of Konstanze, Susanne,  Musetta, Cleopatra and will take on the new role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Career highlights include Gilda “Rigoletto” for Semperoper Dresden, Hamburgische Staatsoper, New National Theatre Tokyo, Opera Leipzig, Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa, Ópera de Bellas Artes Mexico, Opera House Riga, Opera Houses of Nancy and Caen/France.

Elena has since appeared at the European opera scenes to perform major roles,including the title roles as Contessa di Folleville (“Il Viaggio a Reims”) at the Theatre du Chatelet,at the Washington Opera, Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, Opera de Marseille, Opera de Montpellier, Opera de Nice, Toulouse and at Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

As Giulietta (“I Capuleti e i Montecchi”) and Elvira (“I Puritani”) in Riga, as Catherine in Bizet’s “La Jolie Fille de Perth” at the Stadttheater Bern, as Susanna in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the New National Theatre Tokyo and Semperoper Dresden.

In the summer of 2009 and also in 2012, Elena performed in Gala concert with Elina Garanča (“Elina Garanča&Friends”) in Stift Göttweig (“Klassik unter Sternen”), where they presented a selection of popular operatic arias and duets.

Elena was a member of the ensemble at the Dresdner Semperoper  from 2010-2013, where she sang the title role in Rigoletto (Gilda),  Sophie (“Der Rosenkavalier”), Pamina (“The Magic Flute”), Konstanze (“The Abduction from the Seraglio”), Ilia (“Idomeneo”), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito”), Cleopatra (“Giulio Cesare in Egitto”), Musetta (“La Bohème”) and Ninetta in Rossini’s “La gazza ladra”.

Russian soprano Elena Gorshunova has won several international awards as 1st prize of the International German Competition of Anneliese Rothenberger , the Geneva International Competition , the Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition , 3d prize at the International Competition of Elena Obraztova .Elena took part in the International Competition of Opera singers Operalia (final).


Elena Gorshunova has worked with such conductors as Valerij Gergiev, Kent Nagano,Karel-Mark Chichon, Paolo Olmi, Luciano Acocella, Vlaidmir Jurowski, Michael Güttler, Alberto Zedda, Nicola Luisotti, Giorgio Morandi, Asher Fisch, Rani Calderon, Julia Jones.

Spring events in Dortmund

This spring, Elena Gorshunova makes her highly anticipated return to the Klangvokal Musikfestival Dortmund. Ms. Gorshunova is the soprano soloist for one concert performance of Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” with Philharmonischer Chor Essen, conductor Wayne Marshall and with the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, hosted on May 11 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.   Tickets and more information are…


Teatro di San Carlo

In her staged debut with the company, Elena Gorshunova headlines ” Il Ratto dal Serraglio/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail ” at Naples’s Teatro di San Carlo. In Giorgio Strehler’s production (represa da Mattia Testi), Elena stars under the baton of Hansjörg Albrecht. Performances take place on November 2 and 8. “Produzione del Teatro alla…


Return to Semperoper

This autumn, Elena Gorshunova returns to Semperoper to reprise her acclaimed portrayal of Konstanze – seen on the Semperoper stage in 2011 – in Mozart’s ” Die Entführung aus dem Serail”. Performances take place October 20, 22, 26 and 31 with Maestro Christopher Moulds. Semperoper Dresden – Die Entführung aus dem Serail