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Greek Expatriate Soprano Follows in Footsteps of Maria Kallas

Elena Xanthoudakis, at the age of 30, has already managed to be among the best sopranos in the world. She has been awarded more than 80 first prizes in Australia and internationally.

She can’t decide which are her favorite ones, but she chooses some of them to mention: the International Maria Kallas Award in 2003 in Athens, the Australian National Liederfest Award in 2004, and the renowned International Mozart Competition Award in 2006.

Innumerable lead roles in almost every famous Opera of the world – the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the London’s Royal Opera are only few of them. And she hasn’t performed in those Operas just once!

Elena was born in Australia to an Australian mother and a Greek father; they were the first to discover her talent. And the soprano uses it to her advantage. “If you don’t make the best of it, it stares at you persistently for your whole life,” says Elena.

In the near future, she is going to perform for the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, then back to Australia to sing for Pinchgut Opera in Sydney and later with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

“My dream,” says Elena, “is to be to the top of the international sopranos. I want to sing everywhere, in Italy, in England, in the USA, in Australia. I’ve already performed in many Opera Houses; but I’m sure I can reach my goal”.


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