Elena Manistina was born in Saratov, Russia, where she later trained at the School of Music and then completed her studies at the “Tschaikovsky” State Conservatoire, Moscow. She won first prize in the “Operalia” Competition and was a finalist in the international “Cardiff Singer” Competition, 2003, as well as being the winner of a number of other prizes.
She made her debut as Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Kovancina in Saratov. Later, she sang in Un Ballo in Maschera and La Dama di picche for the Washington Opera, in Il Gallo d’oro for the Théatre du Châtelet , Paris, and at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. She also performed in Iolanta and La Sposa dello Zar at the Théatre du Châtelet, in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and in Il Trovatore at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, at the Washington Opera and the Opéra-Bastille, Paris. She recently sang in The Midsummer Marriage at London’s Covent Garden, Alexander Nevsky at the BBC Proms, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas) in Lucerne and Luxembourg, Boris Godunov at Covent Garden and La Sposa dello Zar at the Frankfurt Opera. Future engagements include Un Ballo in Maschera at the Paris Opera, the Bordeaux Opera, the Oviedo Opera and at London’s Covent Garden; Aida with the New Israeli Orchestra and at the Arena di Verona (both conducted by Daniel Oren); The Fiery Angel at La Monnaie Theatre; Il Trovatore at the Barcelona Liceu and La Forza del Destino at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa. She will also sing Shostakovich’s Songs from Jewish Folk Poetry with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas).
She will take the part of Amneris in Aida at the Arena this summer (2007).