Eilana Lappalainen, Soprano

1984 – 1992

EILANA LAPPALAINEN’S  engagement schedule during the 2011-12 season includes performing Silvia in Mascagni’s Zanetto at Carnegie Hall, the Czech Republic, Greece and a studio recording with Jennifer Larmore. She will sing the role of Beatrice in Der Vipern by Christian Jost for her debut in Bern, Switzerland. Marie in Wozzeck brings her to Rome and she will perform her first Leonore in Il trovatore with Virginia Opera. Ms. Lappalainen will return to Vilnius in the David Aldon production of Salome with the Lithuanian National Opera. The concert stage will hear her in Taranto and Catania Italy, Katowice Poland, Mexico City, Greece and California.

During the summer of 2009, Ms. Lappalainen was a featured soloist at the fifth annual International Festival of the Aegean, where she appeared in the title role of a concert version of Tosca. Other recent performances for Ms. Lappalainen included the role of Leonora (Il trovatore) with Virginia Opera, the title role in Salome for New Israeli Opera, both in fall of 2008, and her UK debut in Cherubini’s Medea.

Previous engagements included her Carnegie Hall debut in Mozart’s Requiem, a Gala concert in Greece, a Verdi Gala in Japan,  performances of Salome in Spain, Poland, Japan and Detroit, Madama Butterfly in Montana and a recital in Espoo, Finland.  For the New Israeli Opera, she appeared as Marie in Wozzeck, and performed in new productions of Salome with Kentucky Opera, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and a Japan tour.  Ms. Lappalainen also performed her first Aïda in Idaho and Madama Butterfly, as well as continued performances as Nedda (Pagliacci) and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) in Dessau, Germany.

Other engagements featured Ms. Lappalainen in  debut performances with New York City Opera and Seattle Opera in the title role of Salome, as well as Minnie in Fanciulla del West in Dessau, Germany. In spring 2004, she appeared in the SJSU Artist Showcase Concert in honor of retiring professor Dr. Charlene Archibeque. She also appeared as Senta in the Minnesota Opera production of Der fliegende Holländer in early 2003.  2002 – 2003 engagements included a recital in Ottawa, and performances of Cavalleria rusticana as Lola and Pagliacci as Nedda with Dessau Opera.

Highlights of the 2000 – 2001 season for Ms. Lappalainen included her debut at La Scala in the world premiere of Corghi’s Tat’jana, and performances of Madama Butterfly, Jenûfa, Der fliegende Holländer, Giovanna d’ Arco and Eugene Oñegin.  In concert, she appeared with the Berliner Rundfunk in an all Berg and Mahler program, and in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Bruckner Festival in Linz.  Other appearances included Salome with Opera Lyra, a tour of Japan in the same role, and The Merry Widow as Hanna with Opera Hamilton in Canada.

1999 – 2000 engagements included Salome in Trieste, Italy, Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) in Essen, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier ) with Dessau (June – July 1999), and Salome in Montreal, Canada (September 1999). Ms. Lappalainen also appeared as Tatiana in a new production of Eugene Oñegin, and appeared in productions of Boito’s Méphistophélè, The Merry Widow, and Der Freischutz.

After her departure from OSJ’s resident company in 1992, Ms. Lappalainen performed leading roles or made concert appearances in six countries. For Mexico City she sang Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) and Nedda (Pagliacci); in Canada for Opera Hamilton she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Cio-Cio-San, and Mimì, and for Lyra Opera in Ottawa she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor; in the U.S. for Virginia Opera she sang Micaëla (Carmen), Violetta (La traviata) and Liu (Turandot); for Arizona Opera she sang Liù (Turandot), and for Cincinnati she sang Nedda (Pagliacci).

In Europe, she made her debut in Finland as Mimì (La bohème) where she also made a televised guest appearance with Elisabeth Söderström in concert. That was followed by another concert appearance in Poland, and a contract in Dessau (Germany) for appearances in the title role in Strauss’ Arabella, as Violetta (La traviata), Marguérite (Faust), and Amalia (I masnadieri). In 1996, Ms. Lappalainen returned to Dessau in several leading roles including Elsa (Lohengrin,) the title role in Salome, and Desdemona (Otello,) and she appeared in the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Columbus, Jenûfa for Portland Opera, a debut with San Francisco Opera as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and her Deutscheoper Berlin debut in the role of Senta in Der fliegende Holländer. In 1997, roles with Dessau included Maddalena (Andre Chénier), Musetta (La bohème), and Martha (Tiefland), and in Linz, Austria, she performed Elsa (Lohengrin). In 1998, she performed the title role in Arabella in Essen and the title role in Alban Berg’s Lulu with San Francisco Opera.

For more information, visit Ms. Lappalainen’s website at http://www.eilanalappalainen.com/.