Elena Villalón

Soprano

Biography

Cuban-American soprano Elena Villalón is currently a third-year studio artist with Houston Grand Opera. A Grand Finals winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Villalón most recently took home several prizes in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, including 2nd  Prize, Audience Prize, CS Prize, and the Wil Keune Prize. Her 2021-2022 season features a number of debuts encompassing a variety of both operatic and concert repertoire. Notable opera engagements include house and role debuts at The Dallas Opera as Tina in Flight and at Austin Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as continued collaborations with Houston Grand Opera, where she will create the role of Amy in the world premiere of Joel Thompson’s The Snowy Day and debut the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. An avid recitalist, Ms. Villalón will be the Vocal Arts DC emerging artist, performing at the Kennedy Center. In concert, Ms. Villalón appears as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Grand Rapids Symphony and in Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day with Boston Baroque. 

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Reviews

“One of the evening’s winners, soprano Elena Villalon was next for her first aria “Oh! Quante volte, oh! Quante,” from Bellini’s “I Capuleti e I Montecchi.” This selection made for a stunning showcase of Villalon’s vocal ability, employing silvery tones and leaps of anguished color. Her legato phrases rang clearly, as did the sustained diminuendo she used to scale her way back down from her passionate vocal heights. As the orchestra often dropped or made itself scarcer, Villalon showed herself not only comfortable with near-silence, but knowing how to break it as well. This sense of naturalness returned for her flexible cadenza which wove ornaments through the brief, aching, dramatic gaps of silence.” 

Logan Martell

Opera Wire

“Soprano Elena Villalón is a charming Lauretta who earned loud shouts of “brava” for her superb rendition of the opera’s hit tune, ‘O mio babbino caro.'”

Chuck Lavazzi

KDHX

“Soprano Elena Villalón portrayed an amiable Lauretta and sang a charming ‘O mio babbino caro (Oh My Dear Father),’ the only aria in the work.” 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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