The Austrian-born soprano Elena Bechter works primarily as an opera and concert soloist. However her interests range from traditional music theatre through to contemporary opera, chamber music, and dance; everything that pushes the boundaries of artistic theatre.
Elena began her musical training at the age of five with cello, followed by extensive dance training and in 2007 she had first classical singing lessons with Petra Schulze. From this moment, she couldn’t stop singing. Currently, she is finishing her study in classical singing at the renowned UDK (University of Arts Berlin) in the class of Prof. Enrico Facini.
Elena has won prizes in awards such as the international singing competition of
Accademia Belcanto in Graz. Receiving a scholarship from the Swiss Lyra Foundation, she sang a concert with the “Franz Schmidt Kammerorchester” in the Justizpalast in Vienna, under the musical direction of conductor Nicolas Radulescu. She has appeared twice as a soloist in the concert series of the Copenhagen Festival Ensemble in the Odd Fellow Palaeet, and under the direction of conductor Symeon Ioannidis she also sang with the "Tegler ‚Zupforchester“. Furthermore, she has performed in Berlin, Sion, Frankfurt, Graz, Schloss Henfenfeld and Bregenz as a concert and oratorio singer. Elena takes great pleasure in collaborating directly with composers and participates enthusiastically in the compositional process to prepare works for their premiere. Recently in February 2020, Elena was seen as Massenet's Manon, Sophie Scholl from „Weiße Rose" by U. Zimmermann, and Sophie from "Der Rosenkavalier" by R. Strauss at the Uni.T in Berlin. Additionally, she has appeared in Hänsel and Gretel, Le nozze di figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Angélique, Il viaggio a Reims, Im weißen Rößl and Land des Lächelns.
During her studies she received important impulses from director Frank Hilbrich, singer Peter Maus and pianist Sebastian Stoermer. Numerous master classes with Angelika Kirchschlager, Christa Ludwig, Arthur Janzen, Thomas Heyer, Laurent Pillot, Klesie Kelly, Sylvia Greenberg and Ingeborg Hallstein, amongst others, complete her singing studies.
Dance: She studied ballet, contemporary dance theater and jazz dance at Deutscher Berufsverband für Tanzpädagogik e.V. and at the Dance Art School in Dornbirn (Vorarlberg). Other dance focuses are Tango Agentino and dance improvisation. She is founder of the dance project "Bregenzerwald im Tanzfieber" and worked for many years as a dance teacher in Bregenzerwald and Mittelfranken.