Elena Tsallagova is one of the most sought after sopranos worldwide, attracting international acclaim for her versatility, compelling artistry and musicianship.
Described as being ‘in a vocal class of her own’ (Merkur), upcoming highlights of the 2023/24 season include her role debut as Marta Die Passagierin in a new production at the Bayerische Staatsoper, her role debut as Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Corinna Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Adina L’elisir d’amore at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, and in concert, L'Ange Saint François d'Assise at the Ensecu Festival and Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen under Jakub Hrůša and the Czech Philharmonic. Tsallagova was nominated by Opus Classic for ‘Best Singer Of The Year’ in 2021 and in the 63rd annual Grammy awards for a recording of Zemlinsky Der Zwerg in 2019 with Deutsche Oper Berlin in the Best Opera Recording category.
Recent highlights include: Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen at the Bayerische Staastoper, Zdenka Arabella, Gilda Rigoletto, Oscar Un ballo in Maschera, Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donna Fiorilla Il turco in Italia at Hamburg State Opera, La princesse Eudoxie La Juive at Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Vierge Jeanne d’Arc at Salzburg Festival and the title role in Alcina at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
A former member of the Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper ensembles, Tsallagova remains a regular guest at these houses performing roles such as Mimi La bohème, Liù Turandot, Donna Clara Der Zwerg, Violetta La traviata and Berthe Le prophète. She made her debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2009 as Nannetta Falstaff, returning to the festival in the same role, and then again as Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen and Donna Fiorilla Il turco in Italia. She is also regularly reinvited to the Teatro Real, Dutch National Opera, Opéra National du Rhin, The Rossini Opera, Salzburger and Bregenzer festivals and Opéra National de Paris, where she debuted as Sophie Werther and Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande having previously been a member of their Atelier Lyrique programme for young artists.
Equally prolific on the concert platform, Tsallagova has most recently performed Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Handel Messiah at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Salzburger Festspiele and Mozarteum Salzburg. She works regularly with James Gaffigan and both the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Her extensive discography includes Martinů Larmes de coteau with Staatsorchester Stuttgart [C Major, 2022], Handel Messiah with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Vienna Philharmonia Chorus [UNITEL, 2020], Bizet Carmen at Bergenz Festival [C Major, 2017], Mayr Medea In Corinto with the Bayerische Staatsoper [UNITEL, 2010], Debussy Pelleas et Mélisande [UNITEL, 2013] and Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen [Medici Arts, 2008] with Opéra National de Paris. The DVD of the latter production was awarded DVD of the year at the 2009 Victoires de la musique.
Tsallagova studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory, and after winning first prize in the Rachmaninov competition, began performing at the Mariinsky Theatre before continuing her studies in Europe.
Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles
Lucia The Rape of Lucretia
Calisto La Calisto
Livietta Il ritorno di Don Calandrino
Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande
Adina L'elisir d'amore
La princesse Eudoxie La juive
La Vierge Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher
Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen
L'Ange Saint François d'Assise
Despina Così fan tutte
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Zerlina Don Giovanni
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Musetta La bohème
Marfa The Tsar's Bride
Donna Fiorilla Il turco in Italia
Corinna Il viaggio a Reims
Berenice L'occasione fa il ladro
Esmeralda The Bartered Bride
Echo Ariadne auf Naxos
Sophie Der Rosenkavalier
Falke Die Frau ohne Schatten
Isotta Die schweigsame Frau
Voce dal cielo Don Carlo
Violetta La traviata
Oscar/Otto Un ballo in maschera
Donna Clara Der Zwerg
Woglinde Das Rheingld
Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Marta Die Passagierin
Die Deutsche Bühne, March 2023
The magnificent Elena Tsallagova, with her soulfully rich lyrical soprano, is the catalyst and centre of the entire opera
Der Tagesspiegel, March 2023
Elena Tsallagova sings with the greatest brilliance, the greatest fullness…As well as the greatest sparkle in her voice
Brklassik.de, February 2022
Elena Tsallagova is a fantastic singer, full of energy and body tension, effortless in pitch, vocally young and seductive. This glow gets under your skin.