Underwriters: Dian and Harlan Stai
About the artist: Elena Villalón was a Grand Finals winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Audience Choice Award winner in HGO’s 2019 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. She recently performed the role of Inez in the HGO premiere of La favorite. She is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM), has been a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and is an aluma of HGO’s 2018 Young Artist Vocal Academy. Previous apprearances at CMM include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Lucy in The Telephone, and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring. In summer 2019, she performed Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist and returned to the Tanglewood Music Center as a soprano fellow. During the 2019-20 season at HGO, she performed as the Page in Rigoletto, Woman in selected performances of El Milagro del Recuerdo/ The Miracle of Remembering, and Inez in La favorite. In the summer of 2020, she was set to make her Santa Fe Opera debut as First Wood Sprite in Rusalka, but this was canceled due to COVID-19.
HGO appearances: Sophie in Werther (COVID-19 cancellation); Amy in The Snowy Day; Clorinda in La Cenerentola (COVID-19 cancellation). Second-year HGO Studio artist.