Bio: Greek soprano Eleni Calenos is capturing critics' and audiences' admiration for the clarity, warmth and beauty of her voice, and her dignified characterizations. Of her performance as Tosca, Opera News said: "Eleni Calenos gave a performance for the ages, both vocally and dramatically", and The Wall Street Journal: "The real standout, however, was soprano Eleni Calenos's searing performance as Tosca--passionate, mercurial, heart-on-the-sleeve, with all the necessary vocal range, stamina and fire." Of her Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, the Houston Press said: "The phenomenon was the Cio-Cio San of Greek soprano Eleni Calenos, whose nuanced characterization was a true wonder to hear. She sailed through her dramatic arias as if buoyed by the stirring music."
Recent operatic engagements include Floria Tosca in Tosca with LOFT Opera,Micaëla in Carmen with Palm Beach Opera, a New Year's Opera Gala at Athens' Megaron (Greece) with the Athens State Orchestra, Mimi in La Bohème and an Opera in the Park concert with Madison Opera, the role of L'Infante in Le Cid with Odyssey Opera, and the roles of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Ash Lawn Opera), Liù in Turandot (Opera Company of Middlebury), and Mimi in La Bohème (Palm Beach Opera).
Upcoming appearances include Desdemona in Otello with the Phoenicia International Festival, Mimi in La Bohème with Shreveport Opera, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Queens College Choral Society, Tosca with Opera Idaho, and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Annapolis Opera.
In 2014 and 2013 ms. Calenos performed Silvia in Mascagni's Zanetto (Odyssey Opera), Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Palm Beach Opera), Lia in Debussy's L' Enfant Prodigue (Metro Chamber Orchestra of NY), Liù in Turandot (Shreveport Opera), Micaëla in Carmen(Opera Idaho), Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Tulsa Opera & Austin Lyric Opera), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra), and Nedda in I Pagliacci (Shreveport Opera).
Her 2012 and 2011 seasons include Gilda in Rigoletto (Sarasota Opera), Hanna Glawari in Die lustige Witwe (Zomeropera, Belgium), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera, Opera Idaho), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera), Mimi in La Bohème (Opera Idaho).
In past seasons, ms. Calenos performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Shreveport Opera), Liù in Turandot (Boston Chorus Pro Musica), Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Heights), Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera in the Heights, OSH Opera of NY, and a cover with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival), Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte (Barbados Music Festival), Giorgetta in Il Tabarro (Harrisburg Opera Association), Medora in Il Corsaro (Hellenic Music Foundation, NY), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the title role of Suor Angelica, as well as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Of her performance, The New York Times said, "Eleni Calenos sang with a strong, clear soprano and was persuasive as a suffering yet haughty Donna Elvira."
As a concert/recital soloist, Ms. Calenos recently performed Verdi's Messa da Requiem with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Queens College's Choral Society, Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signore and Vivaldi's Gloria with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and sang Libby Larsen's cycle Try me, Good King (Hudson Soirees / National Opera Center of NY). She was also the soprano soloist in The Bells by Rachmaninov, and in Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2013, ms. Calenos appeared at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as the soloist in J.Rutter's Magnificat.
Her concert repertoire includes Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Queens College Choral Society, NY), Nielsen's Hymnus Amoris and the title role in Händel's oratorio Theodora (Hudson Valley Singers and the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra), as well as Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder (Cambridge Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Calenos has also sung Verdi's Messa da Requiem (Penn State University - Masterworks Chorale - Boston Symphony Hall with the Boston University Symphony - Colden Theater with the Queens College Symphony), Poulenc's Gloria, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and participated in the Meyerbeer Retrospective concert with Mo Eve Queler (Opera Orchestra of New York). In 2006 she made a recording of George Tsontakis' Mirologhia, which was released on the KOCH International Classics label with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Calenos appeared as the principal soloist with Greek composer A. Paraskevas at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Calenos won the Gerda Lissner Foundation award (2010), and the "Judges Award" from the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition (2009). She also won the Audience Favorite award at the Irma Cooper Competition in Columbus, Ohio (2008), the Schyler Foundation "Career Bridges" Award (2006-2008), and was a finalist of the Oratorio Society of NY competition (2010), the Renata Tebaldi International Vocal Competition in San Marino (2009), and the Concurso del Canto de Bilbao (2008).
She was a member of Boston University's Opera Institute between the years 2006 and 2008, and holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Queens College in New York, as well as a Diploma in Violoncello Performance form the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece.