Mezzo-soprano Elena Sommer is a mezzo-soprano of Russian origin. Based in France, she has an active career in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Her crystalline mezzo-soprano voice is powerful, carrying a wide range.
MUSIC REVIEWS - EXCERPTS
Recent critics acclaim her superb voice tone, technical mastery and the talent of great theater actress.
Théâtre du Capitole of Toulouse France:
05.15.15 Altamusica by David Verdier comments: “.... Elena Sommer illuminates the role of Duenna, perfectly in tune with the essentials of a theater, while making no sacrifices to the demands of singing.”
For the role of Eboli (Don Carlos) at the Argentino theater of La Plata (Argentina) Gustavo Ajzenman comments: ... “The first casting highlighted the Russian soprano Elena Sommer mezzo in the role of Princess Eboli, who succeeded in creating the most credible Princess Eboli. In all dramatic shades from anger to regret, she managed to channel through song and voice ... " (from the magazine Cultura & Espectaculos 11/2011)
After her recital at the Molière hall in Lyon (10/2011) music critic Philippe Andriot commented "... We discovered a rare voice, sumptuously endowed, vivid and powerful, working wonders both in the masterful Don Carlos by Verdi where she sings Princess Eboli beautifully, as well as in Italian and Russian classics (she was born in Siberia) such as Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. And to this we must add, with a queenly bearing onstage ... "(Le Tout Lyon Rhône-Alpes "11/2011).
REPERTOIRE AND REFERENCES Her latest operas and recitals included: The role of “the (Betrothal in a Monastery, Prokofiev) at the Theatre du Capitole of Toulouse under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev, staged by Martin Duncan (05/2015)
Amneris (Aida, Verdi), Lyon Musical Theatre (05/2014) and at the Hermitage theater of St. Petersburg under the direction of Fabio Mastrangelo (12/2010)
Eboli (Don Carlos, Verdi), the Argentino theater in Buenos Aires under the direction of Alejo Perez, directed by Francesco Esposito (11/2011);
“Pliuchkin” in Dead Souls by the contemporary Russian composer Rodion Chedrin (05/2011) under the direction of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre;
Recital in Lyon (Molière Hall), with an Italian and Russian repertoire (10/2011);
Eugene Onegin, in concert version, with the Orchestra National du Capitole of Toulouse under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev, at the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris (06/2010).
In addition to annual productions of the Mariinsky Theatre, Elena Sommer has sung in various operas around the world:
2015 - Rabat (Morocco) - Rigoletto (Verdi)
- Toulouse - Betrothal in a Monastery
2014 - Naples - Eugene Onegin, dir. John Axelrod
- Lyon - Aida
-St Petersburg - The Barber of
2013 - Bergen – Requiem
- Turino - Eugene Onegin
2012 -St Petersburg - Aida
2011 - Buenos
Aires - Don Carlos (Verdi)
- Hong Kong - The Valkyrie (Wagner)
2010 - Lodz (Austria) - The Queen of
- Turin - Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
- Tokyo - The Love for 3 Oranges (Prokofiev)
2008 - Carnegie Hall - Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg)
- Washington - Falstaff
- Tel Aviv - Don Carlos
2007 - Spain (Gran Canaria),
Washington, New York - The Valkyrie
- New York (Metropolitan Opera), Orange County, California - Twilight of the Gods
2006 - Riga (Latvia), Los Angeles - Valkyrie
- Paris - The Journey to Reims (Rossini)
2004 - Helsinki - Arianne
auf Naxos (Strauss)
She has worked under
the direction of a number of prestigious orchestra conductors:
Valery Gergiev, Placido
Domingo, Gianandrea Noseda, John Axelrod, Andris Nelsons, Alejo Perez, Tugan
Sokhiev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Yanuch Kozlovsky, Ascher Fisch.
She has also
interpreted works from the Vocal Repertoire, including Little
Solemn Mass by G. Rossini, Verdi's Requiem, The Passion according to St. John and St.
Matthew, the Christmas Oratorio by JS Bach, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater .
One of her
upcoming projects includes the role of Carmen at
the Grand Theatre in Rabat (Morocco) under the direction of Olivier Holt.