About the artist:
Elena Villalón is making her return to HGO after graduating from the HGO Studio program last season. She is a recipient of a 2022 Sara Tucker Study Grant, was a Grand Finals Winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Second Prize winner in the 2021 Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition, and the Audience Choice Award winner in HGO’s 2019 Eleanor McCollum Concert of Arias. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). For HGO’s 2021-22 season, Villalón’s roles included Amy in The Snowy Day and Juliet in alternate cast performances of Romeo and Juliet. Previous HGO credits include the Woman in performances of the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering; and Inez in La favorite. In 2021-22, she made debuts with Austin Opera (Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro), The Dallas Opera (Tina in Flight), and Santa Fe Opera (Nannetta in Falstaff). Also this season, she performs Carmina Burana with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, returns to The Dallas Opera (Gretel in Hansel and Gretel), debuts with the The English Concert on an international tour (the Queen of Sheba in Solomon), and joins the Frankfurt Opera ensemble, as Iole in Hercules, a new production by Barrie Kosky, and Atalanta in Serse.