Eleni Calenos, soprano
In her young career, Greek soprano Eleni Calenos is capturing critics and audiences' admiration for the clarity, warmth and beauty of her lyric voice. Of her role debut as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, the Houston Press said, “The phenomenon was the Cio-Cio-San of Greek soprano Eleni Calenos, whose nuanced characterization was a true wonder to hear. She sailed through her dramatic arias as if buoyed by the stirring music.” Upcoming, Ms. Calenos performs Contessa di Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro in her Austin Lyric Opera debut, Gilda in Rigoletto in her Sarasota Opera debut, and Nedda in I Pagliacci with Shreveport Opera.
Recent engagements include Hanna in The Merry Widow (ZomerOpera in Belgium), Mimi in La bohème (Opera Idaho), Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly (Opera Idaho, Mississippi Opera, and Shreveport Opera), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Shreveport Opera), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Barbados Music Festival), Liù in Turandot (Boston Concert Opera and Chorus Pro Musica), and Medora in Verdi's Il Corsaro (Hellenic Music Foundation, NY).
As a concert soloist, Ms. Calenos has performed Verdi’s Requiem at Boston Symphony Hall, with the Masterworks Chorale, and with the Queens College Symphony at Colden Theater in New York; Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra; and recently participated in the Meyerbeer Retrospective concert with Mo Eve Queler with Opera Orchestra of New York. She made a recording of George Tsontakis’ Mirologhia, which was released on the KOCH International Classics label with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Calenos appeared as the principal soloist with Greek composer A. Paraskevas in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.