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 making her mark on the regional opera scene. She she has been praised for her agile full lyric sound, compelling characterizations, and engaging performance style.
Past performances from recent seasons include the soprano soloist with Bach Festival Florida in their concert of Bach cantatas, the title character in Manon, Agnes Sorel in Maid of Orleans with New Orleans Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Mobile Opera, Krystyna Zywulska in Two Remain, Joan of Arc in Maid of Orleans, Judit in Bluebeard’s Castle, the title role in Elizabeth Cree, and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Other career highlights 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, Nedda in Pagliacci, and the title role in Tosca.
Elana has made professional appearances with The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, New Orleans Opera, Mobile Opera, Marigny Opera, the Lake Charles Symphony, the Natchez Festival of Music, Mississippi Opera, Opera Louisiane, The Clayton Piano Festival, La Piccola Opera, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Dicapo Opera, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Allentown Symphony, and the Bard Summerscape Festival.
Ms. Gleason is a recent semi-finalist in the McCammon Vocal Competition (2020), the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition (2020), and the Partners for the Arts Vocal Competition (2021). In 2019, she placed second in Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser competition. She was also the first place winner of the Collegiate Scenes Competition at the National Opera Association in both 2019 and 2020.