American opera in two acts (1947)
Music by Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
Book by Elmer Rice
Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Elena Ferrari, who is resident in London, studied at the National Opera Studio. She received a Countess of Munster Scholarship. Elena Ferrari also attended the Arts Educational School’s Drama Course for three years and her career progressed through acting in classical theatre and television to music theatre and finally to performing opera.
Elena Ferrari made her operatic debut as Musetta in the new Phyllida Lloyd production of La Boheme for Opera North to considerable critical acclaim and was invited back to sing Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte. Other roles for Opera North include Violetta in La traviata, Bice in Violanta (Korngold), Miss Wordsworth in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Albert Herring and Donna Elvira in their latest production of Don Giovanni.
For Grange Park Opera she repeated the role of Musetta in a new production and they too invited her back to play Clorinda in a new production of Rossini’s La cenerentola and Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore. With Garsington Opera she performed the role of Cinna in a new production of Mozart’s Lucia Silla and at Opera Holland Park she appeared as Rosalinde in a new production of Die Fledermaus.
For English National Opera Elena Ferrari has appeared as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Sister Genevieve in Suor Angelica. For English Touring Opera she performed the Countess The Marriage of Figaro and Violetta in a new production of La traviata.
Elena Ferrari sang the leading soprano role of Elsie in the world première of The Triumph of Spirit over Matter by Wim Henderickx in a joint production with La Monnaie, Brussels and Musiektheatre Transparent, Antwerp, and Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor for TCC Productions, Lisbon. Other roles include Tamiri in Il re pastore, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Eltrude in Alfred (Thomas Arne) and Mary in Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams), Tartagliona in L’augellino belverde (Jonathan Dove), Lusya in Cheryomuski (Shostakovitch), Concepcion in L’heure Espagnole, Lillian in Happy End (Kurt Weill), Polly Peachum in Threepenny Opera and Cunegonde in Candide.
Miss Ferrari has a busy concert diary and appeared at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall singing Jessie Mahagonny Songspiel and German Cabaret Songs and Bice Violanta (Korngold) conducted by Paul Daniel also at the BBC Proms. Her oratorio repertoire includes Gounod’s Cacilienmesse, Elgar’s The Kingdom and the Verdi Requiem.
Miss Ferrari’s recent engagements have included further performances as Mrs Maurrant in Street Scene at the Opera de Toulon, Boulotte in Offenbach’s Barbe Bleu for Grange Park Opera and Mrs Maurrant in Street Scene with The Opera Group at The Young Vic, which won ‘Best Musical’ in the 2008 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Future engagements include further performances as Mrs Maurrant in Street Scene for The Opera Group in London and on tour.