Greek soprano Eleni Calenos is capturing critics' and audiences' admiration for the clarity, warmth and beauty of her voice, and her dignified characterizations. Of her performance as Tosca, Opera News said: "Eleni Calenos gave a performance for the ages, both vocally and dramatically", and The Wall Street Journal: "The real standout, however, was soprano Eleni Calenos' searing performance as Tosca--passionate, mercurial, heart-on-the-sleeve, with all the necessary vocal range, stamina and fire." Of her Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, the Houston Press said: "The phenomenon was the Cio-Cio San of Greek soprano Eleni Calenos, whose nuanced characterization was a true wonder to hear. She sailed through her dramatic arias as if buoyed by the stirring music."
This season, she will be appearing as Giorgetta and Suor Angelica in Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica with Opera Delaware, and covering the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in Glyndebourne. In the fall, she will be the guest soprano soloist of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (Maria Callas anniversary gala), and will perform the role of Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Santa Barbara.
Her 2012 and 2011 seasons include Gilda in Rigoletto (Sarasota Opera), Hanna Glawari in Die lustige Witwe (Zomeropera, Belgium), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera, Opera Idaho), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera), Mimi in La Bohème (Opera Idaho).
In past seasons, ms. Calenos performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Shreveport Opera), Liù in Turandot (Boston Chorus Pro Musica), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Heights), Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera in the Heights, OSH Opera of NY, and a cover with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival), Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte (Barbados Music Festival), Giorgetta in Il Tabarro (Harrisburg Opera Association), Medora in Il Corsaro (Hellenic Music Foundation, NY), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the title role of Suor Angelica, as well as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Of her performance, The New York Times said, "Eleni Calenos sang with a strong, clear soprano and was persuasive as a suffering yet haughty Donna Elvira."
As a concert/recital soloist, Ms. Calenos recently performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Queens College Choral Society), Verdi's Messa da Requiem with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Queens College's Choral Society, Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signore and Vivaldi's Gloria with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and sang Libby Larsen's cycle Try me, Good King (Hudson Soirees / National Opera Center of NY). She was also the soprano soloist in The Bells by Rachmaninov, and in Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2013, ms. Calenos appeared at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as the soloist in J.Rutter's Magnificat.
Her concert repertoire includes Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Queens College Choral Society, NY), Nielsen's Hymnus Amoris and the title role in Händel's oratorio Theodora (Hudson Valley Singers and the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra), as well as Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder (Cambridge Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Calenos has also sung Verdi's Messa da Requiem (Penn State University - Masterworks Chorale - Boston Symphony Hall with the Boston University Symphony - Colden Theater with the Queens College Symphony), Poulenc's Gloria, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and participated in the Meyerbeer Retrospective concert with Mo Eve Queler (Opera Orchestra of New York). In the spring of 2009, Ms. Calenos appeared as the principal soloist with Greek composer A. Paraskevas at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Her recordings include Mascagni's Zanetto with Odyssey Opera of Boston, and George Tsontakis' Mirologhia, which was released on the KOCH International Classics label with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Calenos won the Gerda Lissner Foundation award (2010), and the "Judges Award" from the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition (2009). She also won the Audience Favorite award at the Irma Cooper Competition in Columbus, Ohio (2008), the Schyler Foundation "Career Bridges" Award (2006-2008), and was a finalist of the Oratorio Society of NY competition (2010), the Renata Tebaldi International Vocal Competition in San Marino (2009), and the Concurso del Canto de Bilbao (2008).
She was a member of Boston University's Opera Institute between the years 2006 and 2008, and holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Queens College in New York, as well as a Diploma in Violoncello Performance form the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece.