“… a warm voice full of expressive beauty and natural musicianship”
Moscow-born Cypriot soprano Margarita Elia studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Debrecen, Hungary. Upon her graduation, she
received a MMus degree in Vocal Performance and Education. She continued her studies in London with New York City Opera soloist Arlene Randazzo.
Margarita has performed with a number of renowned orchestras, such as the Szolnok Philharmonic and Failoni Orchestra in Hungary,
the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kibbutz Orchestra and New Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel, the Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. She has also given numerous concerts throughout the world, has participated in festivals of chamber music in P. R. Korea, Hungary and Cyprus and has repeatedly appeared in recordings for the radio and television in Cyprus, Greece and Hungary.
Her performances embrace music of a great variety of styles, including opera, art song and oratorio, ranging from medieval to contemporary.
A finalist at La Voce International Lied Competition 2005 in Bayreuth, Germany, Margarita Elia excels in the concert platform and frequently appears in piano and voice recitals, most recently in Moscow and Madeira. She has also performed demanding opera roles such as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Fire and Nightingale in Ravel’s L’ enfant et les sortileges and the title role of Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro to much acclaim. As a part of the Kypria Festival 2011, Margarita was a soloist in a double bill of Prima la musica e poi le parole by Salieri and Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart. A greek version of The Magic Flute for children followed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra in November 2011, in which she sang the roles of Pamina, Queen of the Night as well as Papagena.
Margarita Elia is a keen supporter of contemporary music and has given many world premiere performances, including the leading solo part in
Aphroditi Kyprogenia by Cypriot composer Fedros Kavallaris in Paris and the soprano part in Requiem Domesticus by Carlos Alberto Vasquez in Puerto Rico. She has made a guest appearance at the Alfred Schnittke International Symposium in London, where she performed several world premieres of works by the composer, and participated in the First International Contemporary Music Festival of the Pharos Arts Foundation, the 6th LMS Chamber Music Festival and the Avaton Contemporary Music Festival in several premieres. Later she participated in the
11th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in three separate recitals, accompanied by renowned pianists Ashley Wass and Vahan Mardirossian.
“…Margarita Elia as Caterina herself was sprightly and excited in Vieni, o tu…Yet as her joy turned to anguish, she succeeded in developing
both power and brilliance, especially in her superb final E flat…”
“…Her wonderfully rounded tones are seductive in just the right way…”
“…The Queen of the Night prortrayed by Margarita Elia had the stature and presence to carry this commanding role and a magnificent voice for her arias.”
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