Finnish-Canadian Eilana Lappalainen returns to Carnegie Hall singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Ms. Lappalainen has performed title roles to critical acclaim in the world’s premier opera venues, including Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro Verdi Trieste, New Israeli Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Polish National Opera, Bergen Opera in Norway, Staatstheater Essen, Prague State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the Bellas Artes in Mexico, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Portland Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Hamilton, Opera Ottawa, Marin Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera San Jose, and in such cities as Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Morioka, Fukuoka, Macau, Peralada, Belluno, Firenze, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Köln, Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, Dessau, Halle, Mannheim, Bremen, Würzburg, Bielefeld, Taluca, Istanbul, Olomouc, Bucharest, Kielce, Katowice, Warsaw, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Bern, and Winterthur.
Her repertoire includes leading roles in Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella, Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Tiefland, Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Wozzeck, Der Freischütz, Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe, Jenůfa, Giovanna d’Arco, Un ballo in maschera, I masnadieri, La Traviata, Il trovatore, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Medea, Andrea Chénier, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Suor Angelica, Il tabarro, La fanciulla del West, Turandot, and Tosca. At Carnegie Hall she has sung Verdi’s, Mozart’s, Rutter’s, and Fauré’s Requiems; Mascagni’s Zanetto (an opera gala); Poulenc’s and Vivaldi’s Glorias; the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn; Dvořák’s Te Deum; Haydn’s Mass in Time of War; and a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall. She sang the world premiere of Terre Johnson’s Song of the Captive in Florence. Ms. Lappalainen has sung concerts in California, Florida, Arizona, Belluno, Italy (Calabria), Germany, Finland, Greece, China, Japan, and Mexico. Her recording of Zanetto with Jennifer Larmore was released in 2008, and her solo Mahler CD was released in 2013, both by Elysium Recordings. Her new CD, “Dramatic Divas,” is in preparation. In past summers she sang the role of Nedda in Pagliacci and the title role of Madama Butterfly in Greece. Upcoming performances in 2019 include her title role debut in Ariadne auf Naxos (Festival of the Aegean, Syros), and concerts Paris, Vienna and Lisbon.
In addition to her international singing career, she is principal artistic director of opera productions and festival manager of the Festival of the Aegean; general and artistic director of the Greek Opera Studio and Berlin Opera Studio; artistic administrator, director of the vocal division at MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International; as well as stage directing for opera studios and also teaching private voice in Berlin.