Master Class Faculty/Stage Director, Central Florida Lyric Opera Inc.
Tenor, Andrea Elena has sung over 90 leading tenor roles in virtually every opera house in the world including La Scala (Milan), Teatro Comunale (Florence), Teatro Regio (Turin), La Fenice (Venice), Teatro dell’Opera (Rome), Teatro Filarmonico and the Arena (Verona) Teatro Comunale (Bologna) Teatro Regio (Parma) Teatro Bellini (Carania) among others. In addition, he has sung in Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, United States, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, South America, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and China.
Maestro Elena has received acclaim from such great artists as Giuseppe di Stefano, Mario Del Monaco, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Alfredo Kraus. In addition, he has been the recipient of prestigious honors from The King Olav of Norway, The Queen Giuliana of Holland, the Premier Aznar of Spain, Henry Kissinger, The Princess of Morocco Yasmine, Nelson Mandela, President Scalfaro of Italy, the Premier Netanyao of Israel, President Mitterand of France, Helmut Kohl, Lady Diana and Prince Charles, and others too numerous to list.
His operatic performances have been broadcast on Italian TV (RAI), German National TV, and throughout France, Spain, Switzerland. His performance of the “Verdi Requiem” from Royal Albert Hall was televised internationally and attended by Lady Diana and Prince Charles.
He has recorded for such prestigious record labels as Columbia Records, Nuova Era, Orpheus, Kikko Records, Lyra, Bongiovanni Classics. He has performed virtually every leading tenor role in the lyric and lyrico spinto repertoire and has appeared in over 500 performances as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto alone.
During his career, he has shared the stage on numerous occasions with such great artists as Renato Bruson, Piero Cappuccilli, Fiorenza Cossotto, Mirella Freni, Cecilia Gasdia, Nicolai Ghiarov, Nicolai Ghiuselev, Bonaldo Jiaiotti, Raina Kabaiwanska, Leo Nucci, Aldo Protti, Ruggiero Raimondi, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuseppe Taddei, and many others. He has been a favored tenor by many well known conductors such as Maurizio Arena, Bruno Bartoletti, Richard Bonynge, Mario Braggio, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Gavazzini, Peter Maag, Giuseppe Patane, Michel Plasson, Georges Pretre, Nello Santi, and Hubert Soudant.
Most recently, while continuing his personal opera and concert activities, he has devoted himself to the future of opera and young, gifted performers by teaching privately, stage directing opera productions throughout the world and by coaching singers in master classes, both in Italy and abroad.