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 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 (“What a beautiful discovery !” – the critics wrote.)
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 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) 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 “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 goes back there in 2016 for Ulrica in Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” (Goldstein-Bellotto).
In 2015 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), Grand Theater of Luxemburg and Caen (France).
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.
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.
Her repertoire includes the roles of contemporary opera such as Irma in Peter Eötvös’s “Le Balcon” (Besançon Opera and Dijon Opera, France)
Since 2016, under the baton of Jean-Claude Casadesus and Lille National Orchestra Elena Gabouri has sung the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’s “Alto Rhapsody” and Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky”.
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 Troubadour” (Montanaro-Miller).
In 2020 Elena goes back to Australia for the reprise of Aida in Sydney and Brisbane Opera Houses.
“Having graced the international stage since 2012, mezzo-soprano Elena Gabouri makes her impressive Sydney Opera House debut as Egyptian princess Amneris to a glowing reception from the local audience.”
“What a beautiful discovery !”
“Elena Gabouri, one of the best Amneris interpreters of our day, was one of the strongest sides of the performance in Aspendos.”
Serhan Bali for “Andante”