Elana Gleason, hailed by the New York Post for "flaunt[ing] pinpoint finesse on high B’s and C’s” and by Opera News for singing with a “particularly beautiful soprano,” is a versatile artist of classical opera, contemporary opera and operetta. Her upcoming performances include the roles of Joan of Arc in The Maid of Orleans with Russian Opera Workshop, soprano soloist in Opera Louisiane’s Opening Night concert, Krystyna in Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain with LSU Opera, and Violetta in La Traviata with Mobile Opera.
This past season, Elana had the pleasure of debuting the role of Judit in Bluebeard’s Castle with the Marigny Opera, making her solo debut with New Orleans Opera as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, creating the role of Elizabeth in the university premiere of Kevin Puts’ Elizabeth Cree, singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and accompanying Lisette Oropesa as a soloist in her concert “Starry Night”.
Other favorite recent engagements include Marguerite in Faust, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in The Merry Widow, Violetta in La Traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, and the title role in Tosca. She has made professional appearances with New Orleans Opera, the Natchez Festival of Music, Mississippi Opera, Opera Louisiane, The Clayton Piano Festival, Dicapo Opera, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Allentown Symphony, and the Bard Summerscape Festival.
Ms. Gleason is the recent second place winner of Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser competition, and the first place winner of the Collegiate Scenes Competition at the National Opera Association. She is currently pursuing her MM in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University, and studies with Dennis Jesse.