Souliotis, Elena, Greek soprano and mezzo-soprano; b. Athens, May 28, 1943. She studied in Buenos Aires with Alfredo Bonta, Jascha Galperin, and Bianca Lietti, and in Milan with Mercedes Llopart. In 1964 she made her operatic debut as Santuzza at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 1965 she made her U.S. debut as Elena in Boito’s Mefistofele in Chicago. In 1966 she sang Abigaille in Nabucco at Milan’s La Scala, appeared as Luisa Miller in Florence, and made her N.Y. debut as Anna Bolena in a concert performance at Carnegie Hall. Her London debut followed in 1968 as Abigaille in a concert performance. She returned to London in 1969 to make her Covent Garden debut as Lady Macbeth, and continued to sing there until 1973. In subsequent years, she sang in various European operatic centers. Among her other roles were Norma, Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, Desdemona, Leonora in II Trovatore, and Aida.
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