Elsa Giannoulidou mezzosoprano

mezzo or alto voice
Born in Athens, she received her Biology Degree from the "Aristotle University Thessaloniki" before starting her musical studies.

She graduated with honours (Magistra artium) in January 2007 from the "University of Music & Performing Arts" in Vienna, where she studied with Prof. Ralf Döring (Singing) and Prof. KS Marjana Lipovšek (Lied & Oratorio).

She was awarded scholarships from the Richard Wagner Stipendienstiftung, the Janacek-Sobotka Foundation and the "Universität für Musik & Darstellende Kunst Wien".

In the 2007-08 season, she was a member of the "International Opera Studio at the Opernhaus Zurich", where she performed in Mozart's „Cosi fan tutte", Cavalli's „La Didone", Britten´s „The Beggar´s Opera", Schumann's „Szenen aus Goethes Faust", Puccini´s "Gianni Schicchi" and productions such as Opera Viva for children (Die Fledermaus, Boris Godunow).

She attended masterclasses with Francisco Araiza, Roberto Coviello, Raul Gimenez and Mariella Devia.

Ms.Giannoulidou won first prizes in the "Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici Rolando Nicolosi" (2005), the "C.A.Seghizzi International Competition" (2006), third prize in the "Concorso Cappuccilli-Patane-Respighi" (2007) and also the BelCanto Prize 2007. During the 2008 Rossini Festival Bad Wildbad in Germany she sang Isabella in "L´Italiana in Algeri" on stage and recorded the role of Zulma of the same opera under the baton of conductor Alberto Zedda (Naxos).
At the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad she also sang Lucia in "La Gazza ladra" (2009, Conductor: Ryuchiro Sonoda) and Zaida in "Il Turco in Italia" (2011, Conductor: Antonino Fogliani).

2008-2011 season she was engaged in the ensemble of the "Landestheater Linz" (Austria) where among other roles she sang Flora (La Traviata), Irene (Hello Dolly), Adelaide (Der Vogelhändler), Diana/ Giove in Diana (La Calisto), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Nicklausse/ Muse (Les contes d´Hoffmann), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Nancy (Albert Herring), The Drummer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Mallika (Lakmé), Angelina (La Cenerentola).

During 2015 she sang Dorabella in W.A.Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" and the role of Xenia at the world premiere of the opera "Chodorkowski" (production won the 2017 price in the category Best Off-Musiktheater in Austria).
In 2016 she sang Nancy in B.Britten's "Albert Herring" and the role of Zahra at the world premiere of the opera "Nemesis" (Wiener Kammeroper). Highlights of the year were also "Elias" by F.Mendelssohn in Brucknerhaus Linz and the "Biblical Songs" op.99 by A.Dvorak.

In August 2017 she sang the role of Annio in W.A.Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” in France.

As a concert singer she gave song recitals, took part in chamber music concerts in Austria (Musikverein Vienna, Stephansdom, Landesgalerie Linz, Brucknerhaus) Greece, Germany, Italy, France, Serbia and Cyprus and worked with such ensembles as Belgrader Philharmoniker, Bruckner Orchester, Die Reihe, Virtuosi Brunensis, Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien, Capella Istropolitana et.al.

She speaks fluently English, German, Italian, Greek and understands good French. She is member of EVTA Austria and Soroptimist International.

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Short Profile

NameGiannoulidou, Elsa
Born inGreece, Europe
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageGerman
Additional languages English,  Italian,  French,  Greek, Modern (1453-) 
attended UniversitiesAristotle University of Thessaloniki, University for Music & Performing Arts Vienna
"Alexis Zorbas" by Mikis Theodorakis at the Brucknerhaus Linz
2015-11-08 Krone, Linz
"Als Solistin verströmte Landestheater Mezzosopranistin Elsa Giannoulidou ihre warme Stimme wie vollmundigen griechischen Wein"
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"Le Cinesi" by Christoph Willibald Gluck in Schloss Hof
2014-09-20 Merker, Vienna
"Die griechische Mezzosopranistin Elsa Giannoulidou durfte die tragische Arie singen und war in Technik und Stimmschönheit die Königin des Abends"
(Renate Wagner)
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"Lakmé" by Léo Delibes at the Landestheater Linz
2011-02-01 Opernglas, Linz
"Mallika, Lakmés Partnerin im berühmten Blumenduett war die berückend singende Elsa Giannoulidou"
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