Elena Bresciani is a great soul, generous, enthusiastic, impulsive. These characteristics are to dominate her way of singing: passionate, diverse, successful.
GIORGIO APPOLONIA, musicologist RSI
Elena Bresciani is a versatile and multifaceted artist – opera singer, choir conductor, vocal coach, writer, and watercolorist. She began her career at a very young age and to this day she has performed all over Europe and in the United States: from the Vatican City for the Jubilee 2000 to Carnegie Hall in New York, from the Principality of Monaco to the Philharmonic Theatre in Verona.
Elena specializes in 20th century vocal chamber repertoire (Casella, Respighi, Gavazzeni, Martucci, Messiaen, Britten, Giordano, Alfano, Weill, Tosti, Mascagni, Villa Lobos, Fano to name but a few) and also 21st century. She has given numerous premieres of contemporary composers such as Luca Tessadrelli, Stefano Ghisleri (who has written numerous compositions for Elena, some inspired by Elena’s own poetry work), Luciano di Giandomenico, Silvia Bianchera, Klaus Savoldi Bellavitis.
Elena has collaborated with many pianists including Matthew Schellhorn, Dragan Babic, Stefano Ghisleri, Davide Cavalli, Martina Cukrov, Inessa Filistovich, Luisa Zecchinelli, etc.
Just to remember some theaters and festivals where she has performed:
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, Hertford Music Society in Oxford, Clare Hall Cambridge, Sala Alfredo Piatti in Bergamo, Varna Palace of Culture in Bulgaria, Festival “Marie Kraja” in Tirana (live TV), Goldoni Theatre in Livorno, Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Rome (on the occasion of the Jubilee 2000), Bibiena Theatre in Mantua, Rubini Festival, Pergolesi-Spontini Festival, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Teatro dell’Aquila di Fermo, Teatro Verdi di Brindisi, Complesso Monumentale di Astino (for Expo 2015), Teatro Marrucino di Chieti, Fondation Hector Otto Montecarlo, Cap Fleury (with broadcast for the Monaco Channel), Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, Bergamo Summer Festival, Palazzo Morando in Milan, Festival Maria Callas, Teatro della Fortuna in Fano, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Parioli in Roma.
Elena is considered one of the most eclectic singers of her generation. She has performed in the following roles Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) Teatro Comunale di Bologna production directed by Fabio Ceresa, Madama Rosa (Il Campanello), Fenena (Nabucco), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Celia Peachum (Die Dreigroschenoper), Flora (La Traviata), Eboli (Don Carlo), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Driade/Baccante (La favola di Orfe), Beppe (L’Amico Fritz), Laura Adorno (La Gioconda), Adalgisa (Norma), Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana).
Elena has also performed the following concert repertoire: Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Gavazzeni‘s “Canti per Sant’Alessandro with Camerata di Cremona, Donizetti’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem with Bruno Maderna Orchestra and others.
She worked with important directors such as Simona Marchini, Ivan Stefanutti, Keith Warner, Fabio Ceresa and conductors such as Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Matteo Beltrami, Claudio Buechler, Filippo Bressan, Roland Böer, Marco Fracassi, Nathalie Marin.
She has sung more times with the greatest sopranos of this era: Fiorenza Cedolins and Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni.
She recorded Donizetti’s “Il Campanello” for the Bongiovanni label. Since 2014, her performances have been broadcasted by RSI. She has been many times a jury member for important international competitions. She was reviewed by the most prestigious Italian newspapers including Amadeus, L’Opera, Corriere Della Sera, and Classic Voice. Her scientific publications are adopted by Italian Universities, Conservatories, and the Accademia del Teatro Alla Scala in Milan.
Among the awards received: FTCL Trinity-Guildhall of London, 3 medals of excellence for “artistic merits in the world” by her hometown near Bergamo, J. S. Mayr Award by the Donizetti Conservatory and Gianandrea Gavazzeni Medal for artistic merits.
Education and Prizes
She began studying piano at the age of 11. She graduated in “Opera” at Donizetti’s Conservatory in Bergamo, then she graduated in “Voice Performance” at the Trinity-Guildhall in London. She studied with Carlo Meliciani and then specialized with Julia Hamari, Fiorenza Cedolins and Phyllis Curtin in Boston. She also graduated in Italian Literature at the State University of Milan and she perfected her studies in Theatre Education at the Catholic University of Milan.
She received her first mention, at the age of thirteen, from “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Festival”, awarded by Filippo Siebaneck and than she sang for the “Rassegna Voci Verdiane“ in Milano sponsored by great mezzo Giulietta Simionato.
Finalist of the most prestigious international opera competitions (Toti dal Monte, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Marie Kraja of Tirana), she won the Pelizzoni International Competition in Parma and “Progetto Sipario” Pergolesi Spontini Festival. At the International Opera Competition “Capriolo in Franciacorta” she received the “Special Prize of the Opera Theatre of Pisa”, the “Special Prize of the International Musical Federation” and the “Special Prize as Verdi’s voice”. At the “Concorso Lirico Internazionale Città di Brescia 2012” (president of the jury the great mezzo Fiorenza Cossotto) she won the “Premio Speciale Debutto al Teatro Bibiena di Mantova” as best mezzo.