Elena Lacheva, Program Director, piano

Currently a Vocal Coach at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center, Elena Lacheva was involved with the productions of The Crucible by Robert Ward, Manon by Massenet, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and the Houston premiere of Anna Karenina by David Carlson. During her previous season at MOC, she prepared the productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann, Gianni Schicchi, and another Houston premiere – Frau Margot by Thomas Pasatieri. Elena also collaborates with Opera in the Heights, where she most recently assisted with the production of La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, I pagliacci and La cenerentola.

As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she was involved in the rehearsal process and performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Weinberg’s The Passenger (in Houston, and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, 2014), Verdi’s Aida, and Il trovatore, Kern’s Showboat and Puccini’s La Bohème; and performed extensively with the Studio singers in recitals in Texas and Louisiana.

Elena completed her collaborative piano studies with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2012 and that summer she was an apprentice coach in the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera Center, working on Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and participating at the Schwabacher Summer Concerts. She was a répétiteur and coach for Verdi’s Falstaff at the University of Michigan School of Music, and was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center where she collaborated in Stravinsky’s Renard with the Mark Morris Dance Group. At the Chicago College of Performing Arts Elena rehearsed and performed Ravel’s L’heure espagnole for the annual OPERAFEST festival. Elena has performed internationally in solo and chamber music concerts in the United States, Berlin, Germany and Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2012 she appeared in the Musical Bridges Across the World recital series in San Antonio.