Elena Ferrari studied at the National Opera Studio.
Having attended the Arts Educational School’s Drama Course her career
progressed through acting in classical theatre and television to music
theatre and finally to performing opera.
Elena Ferrari made her operatic debut as Musetta in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of La Bohème for Opera North to considerable critical acclaim. As a result she was invited back to sing Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte. Her other roles for Opera North have included Violetta La traviata, Bice Violanta (Korngold), Miss Wordsworth in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Albert Herring and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni.
For English National Opera Elena Ferrari performed Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and Sister Genevieve Suor Angelica. For Grange Park Opera she sang the role of Musetta in a new production of La Bohème and was invited back to play roles in several new productions including Clorinda La Cenerentola, Gianetta L’elisir d’amore and Boulotte in Offenbach’s Barbe Bleu. At Garsington Festival she performed the role of Cinna in a new production of Mozart’s Lucia Silla and also sang Rosalinde in a new production of Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park. Her roles for English Touring Opera have included the Countess The Marriage of Figaro and Violetta La traviata.
Elena Ferrari won critical acclaim for her portrayal of the leading role of Mrs Maurrant Street Scenewith The Opera Group at The Young Vic. This production won ‘Best Musical’ in the 2008 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Elena Ferrari’s other engagements have included the leading soprano role of Elsie in the world première of The Triumph of Spirit over Matter
by Wim Henderickx in a joint production between the Théâtre Royal de la
Monnaie, Brussels and Muziektheater Transparant, Antwerp and Madame Silberklang Der Schauspieldirektor for TCC Productions, Lisbon. Her repertoire also includes Tamiri Il re pastore, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Eltrude Alfred (Thomas Arne), Mary Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams), Tartagliona L’augellino belverde (Jonathan Dove), Lusya Cheryomuski (Shostakovitch), Concepcion L’heure Espagnole, Lillian Happy End (Kurt Weill), Polly Peachum Threepenny Opera and Cunegonde Candide.
She appeared at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall singing Jessie Mahagonny Songspiel and German Cabaret Songs and Bice Violanta (Korngold) conducted by Paul Daniel.
Miss Ferrari has a busy concert diary. Her oratorio repertoire includes Gounod’s Cacilienmesse, Elgar’s The Kingdom and the Verdi Requiem.
Miss Ferrari’s recent engagements have included Nettie Carousel for Opera North and further performances as Mrs Maurrant Street Sceneat the Opera de Toulon and with the Opera Group at the Young Vic and on tour. She is currently performing the role of Nettie Carousel with Opera North at London’s Barbican Theatre. Future plans include further performances of Street Scene on tour to the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.