Described as “gifted with a sumptuous timbre and impeccably disciplined”, Elena Gabouri “impresses with her athletic voice and an undeniable charisma” and easily identifiable as a verdian and wagnerian dramatic mezzo soprano.
Her debut in Sydney in 2018 was critically acclaimed: “Having graced the international stage since 2012, mezzo-soprano Elena Gabouri makes her impressive Sydney Opera House debut as Egyptian princess Amneris to a glowing reception from the local audience”
In 2022 she goes back to Australia for the role debut as Ortrud in Wagner’s Lohengrin with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role in Melbourne Arts Center and for the new production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore of Davide Livermore as Azucena in Sydney Opera House.
Her international career launched in 2012 when she made the role debut at the Arena di Verona as Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, with Daniel Oren conducting. Since then Gabouri hasn’t left the role of Amneris and take her around the world: for the Centenary Festival of the Verona Arena in 2013, at the Aspendos Festival in Turkey in 2014; in the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea in 2015; in the Herodes Atticus Ancient Theater of Athens for the Greek National Opera in 2016; in Seattle Opera in 2018 and in Australia since 2018.
In 2013 at the Arena di Verona, Elena Gabouri makes her debut as Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, in 2016 she resumes Azucena in the Lille National Opera in France and Grand Theater of Luxemburg; and in 2019 for Seattle Opera. In 2014, she makes her debut as Ulrica in Verdi’s A Masked Ball; the role she sing again in 2016 at Seoul Arts Center in South Korea and in Bari Opera in Italy in 2020.
Gabouri embodies the dramatical characters as the Princess de Bouillon in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur in Sassari (Italy) in 2014; as Kabanicha in Janacek’s Katia Kabanova between 2011 and 2015 in Theater des Bouffes du Nord of Paris, in the Operadagen Rotterdam, in the Teatros del Canal of Madrid and on tour on the national stages in France; as Zia Principessa (Puccini’s Sister Angelica) at the Wexford Festival (Ireland) in 2008, Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cinderella at Massy Opera (France) in 2007.
Her repertoire includes the roles of contemporary opera such as Irma in Peter Eötvös’s Le Balcon (Besançon Opera and Dijon Opera, France).
Under the baton of Vassily Petrenko, Elena Gabouri records a CD of Fleishmann’s The Rothshild’s Violin, in the role of Marfa with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2016, under the baton of Jean-Claude Casadesus and Lille National Orchestra, Elena Gabouri has sung the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.
In 2023 she goes back in Sydney and Brisbane for the revival of Aida of Verdi.