In her young career, Greek soprano Eleni Calenos is capturing critics’ and audiences' admiration for the clarity, warmth and beauty of her lyric voice and her dignified characterizations. Of her performance as 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." The 2018-2019 season included debuts with the Glyndebourne Festival as the cover of Madama Butterfly and Opera Santa Barbara as Mimi in La bohème as well as a return to Shreveport Opera for Madama Butterfly. The 2019-2020 season and beyond sees her reprise her Mimi in La bohème with Cleveland Opera Theater, a return to Opera Santa Barbara as Madama Butterfly, Liu in Turandot with the Evansville Philharmonic, and a return to the Glyndebourne Festival.


In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Calenos returned to the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden for Schöner Land, joined the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in concert, sang the Branch Bearer/Voice of the Bird in The Pilgrim’s Progress with the Arts Empowering Life Foundation, debuted with Opera Delaware as Suor Angelica/ Giogetta in Suor Angelica/ Il tabarro, and returned to the Queens College Choral Society for Britten’s War Requiem. Her 2016-2017 season included Mimi in La bohème in her return to Shreveport Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Queens College Choral Society, Tosca with Opera Idaho, Madama Butterfly with Annapolis Opera, and Saida in Schöner Land with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Operatic engagements from the past few seasons include Tosca (Loft Opera), Desdemona in Otello (Phoenicia Music Festival), L’Infante in Massenet’s Le Cid (Odyssey Opera), the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (Tulsa Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera in the Heights in Houston, OSH Opera in NY), Liù in Turandot (Opera Company of Middlebury, Shreveport Opera, Boston Chorus Pro Musica), Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann (Palm Beach Opera), Micaëla in Carmen (Palm Beach Opera, Opera Idaho), Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly (Ash Lawn Opera, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera & Opera Idaho), Nedda in Pagliacci (Shreveport Opera), Silvia in Mascagni's Zanetto (Odyssey Opera), Gilda in Rigoletto (Sarasota Opera), Hanna Glawari in Die lustige Witwe (Zomeropera, Belgium), Mimi in La bohème (Palm Beach Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Idaho), and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Utah Festival Opera).

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"All the performers excelled musically and dramatically, led by soprano Eleni Calenos, who was radiant as Eisenstein’s wife Rosalinde...Calenos is well-known to New York’s Greek-American Community and her star is rising in the opera world. During the premier she lit up...


"Eleni Calenos was magnificent in the challenging role of Cio-Cio-san. Does casting the role with a non-Asian performer in 2019 naturalize cultural appropriation? Or is Puccini among the first composers to offer a critique of cultural imperialism? The answer at this po...


"Singing was high-quality throughout the opera. The clear-voiced soprano Eleni Calenos was a sympathetic Mimi opposite the robust tenor Mackenzie Whitney as Rodolfo, who relaxed in his high register as he went along." -Cleveland Classical

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"His high-powered duets with Eleni Calenos as Mimì were among the delights of this performance. Calenos has a sweet and pliable soprano voice that made audience members join Rodolfo as he falls in love with Mimì. When she spoke of her love for spring and nature in her...


"All three Tabarro principals acted (and interacted) very credibly. Eleni Calenos (Giorgietta) proved a find, a real verista who delivered the goods stylistically, with keen phrasing and darkly warm if occasionally resin-tipped vocalism. Matthew Vickers looked a burly...

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