“The greek mezzosoprano Elsa Giannoulidou was in both technique und vocal beauty the queen of the evening” Merker
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 for Music & Performing Arts 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 University for Music & Performing Arts Vienna.
In the 2007-08 season, she was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera House, 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 für Kinder (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 “Gazza ladra” (2009, Conductor: Ryuchiro Sonoda) and Zaida in “Il Turco in Italia” (2011, Conductor: Antonino Fogliani).
Since the 2008-09 season she has been 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 (Madame Butterfly), Nancy (Albert Herring), The Drummer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Mallika (Lakme), Angelina (La Cenerentola).
During 2016 she sang Nancy in B.Britten’s “Albert Herring” in France and the role of Zahra in the opera “Nemesis” (Wiener Kammeroper, production won the 2017 price at the category Best Off-Musiktheater in Austria).
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), Greece, Germany, Italy, Serbia and France and worked with such ensembles as Belgrader Philharmoniker, Bruckner Orchester, Virtuosi Brunensis, Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien, Capella Istropolitana.
Ms. Giannoulidou speaks fluently English, German, Italian and Greek. She is member of EVTA Austria.